Marmalade, San juan, Thumbs Up
Quick weekend in San Juan, and looking for some good island food. Hotel steered us to another Hotel, which is not my MO, so asked some of the staff at the hotel for rec's, and Marmalade sounded interesting. Neat space, more soho than San Juan (whatever that means, probably more chic than tropical is what I mean). First off the food is not islandish, but fairly sophisticated plays on island themes. The bean soup has already been discussed, and is one of the best soups I have had. The duck roulades (sp?) was really, good and interesting. Effectively a deconstructed duck mixed with some goat cheese (I think), and then rolled into a roll wrapped in prosciutto and sauced with a rich foie stock. Several other things that were also very interesting, including the Halibut. We did not care for the desserts that much (beignets and a sorbet with honey), but by then we were too full anyway.
I would say that foodies that are tired of traditional island fare should go to marmalade. If you want authentic PR food, you're probably better served by the food stands that dot the road, but Marmalade is a really good change of pace. A nice surprise in PR.
The owner/chef also works the room very nicely. Its nice to talk food with a professional like him.