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Old San Juan New Places

johnk Dec 1, 2006 06:49 PM

Heading back to P.R. over the holidaze and was wondering if there are any interesting places that have opened in the last year in Old San Juan?
Last year we tried Aquaviva and Dragonfly.
We also had a great meal @ Metropole in Isla Verde.
Loved the cornish hen stuffed with rice & beans.
Felice Navidad!

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    bowdoinstreet Mar 7, 2007 09:52 AM

    Hi all - I've been to Dragonfly twice -once in October 2006 and then again recently (Feb 2007). First time - excellent food / service / atmosphere. It's all large-portion tapas to be shared by the table.

    Second time (and last for a while): waited over an hour for our reservation, food was fine but nothing special (lukewarm when supposed to be hot), service was very mediocre (could barely get the server to look at us), and we had an airconditioner dripping on two of us every 30 seconds! Too popular, too crowded in my opinion. Not worth the wait anymore...

    Also since Dragonfly has 3 other 'sister' restaurants in Old SJ, they now have a reputation of having you wait for 45 minutes at the bar of one of the sister restaurants, then when you go back to Dragonfly, they tell you it'll be another 45 minutes, or you can get seated right away at the sister restaurant... a bit suspicious if you ask me!

    1. johnk Dec 31, 2006 10:35 AM

      Thanks for the tips folks.
      Ended up @ Parrot Club first night, nice duck confit empanada there. Service is on the frantic level there but the staff is very nice.
      Metropole in Isla Verde for some great rice abd beans, cuban smoked chicken which was one of the best smoked pieces of any meat or fish I've ever eaten. Of course, we also had the stuffed(rice&beans) cornish hen.
      Tapas @ Baru was also a great evening. cool vibe, excellent tunes, and high quality chow. Plantains with a dip of marinated black beans and fufu (plantain,herb and garlic mashed together), scallops in a curry coconut milk broth, oysters and clams.
      Happy New Year,

      1. johnk Dec 25, 2006 12:56 PM

        Thanks for the tip everyone.
        Felice Navidad!

        1. phelana Dec 15, 2006 10:46 AM

          The Mallorcas are to die for..sweet bread with powdered sugar pressed into a pan and grilled with butter...wow...I personally prefer the fresh squeezed OJ. Haa..

          1. michele_corum Dec 14, 2006 10:07 PM

            Just back from San Juan....

            ...in the Condado area is Ajili Mojili. Totally upscale Puerto Rican fare....It is truely awesome....a bit expensive but worth every penny....

            ...in Old Town.... a must is La Bomonbera especially for breakfast. Their cafe con leche and the mallorcas are delicious!

            1. phelana Dec 3, 2006 11:18 AM

              Loved Dragonfly. Why not try Carli's?? In IV I highly recommend Tangerine at the Waterclub.

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              1. re: phelana
                melodyt1313 Dec 4, 2006 11:17 AM

                Baru in OSJ is great... Nice outdoor courtyard, great food.

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                grindy1 Dec 1, 2006 09:09 PM

                Hi JK:

                I ate at 2 really good places in Old San Juan when I was there this year:

                Parrot Club - 363 Fortaleza Street
                Al Dente - 309 Calle Recinto Sur

                You'll like them since you have that "New Yawker Pallet".

                Have a GREAT holiday!

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