Brunch Gang hits the road: Puerto Peru, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Neighborhood: San Juan’s Condado, 1105 Magdalena Ave.
The scoop: It was around 2 p.m. on our first day in Puerto Rico, and we were craving authentic food. After scoping out numerous restaurants, the specials at Puerto Peru caught our eye. Puerto Peru is a Puerto Rican and Peruvian fusion restaurant. Each dish costs between $7.95-$9.95 and includes a can soda or bottled water.
The inside of the restaurant was pretty plain-looking, and it reminded me of an old hotel. Since the weather was perfect, we decided to sit in the square patio right outside of the restaurant. Unfortunately we had to shoo away a couple of flies from our food. Our waiter was very friendly and was more than happy to explain each dish that we ordered.
Bottoms up: The only drink specials were on mojitos and sangria so we decided to give them a whirl.
This mojito was amazing. I am not a fan of overly sweet drinks so I was pleasantly surprised the mojito had a bitter and not too sweet taste. Although I loved this mojito, those who enjoy sweet drinks may be disappointed with the lack of sugar.
Sangria (1/2 pitcher) $15
The sangria did not taste or even look like sangria. It tasted like a diluted smoothie with a hint of OJ. The one piece of apple in our cups was not fresh and honestly looked a little rotten. The sangria was pretty weak, and we did not finish the pitcher.
Medalla Light $4
This is the local beer which is only sold in Puerto Rico. It is an easy beer to drink, and I would say it is a step-up from Bud Light.
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Fish ceviche $8.50
The ceviche tasted as good as it looks. This dish consists of grouper, red onion, cilantro, sweet potato, two types of corn and celery. The fish was moist and melted in my mouth. Each item was fresh and went well together to create a delicious mixture.
Grilled churrasco (5 oz.) $8.95 / With French fries or tacu tacu
The grilled churrasco was cooked to my liking and was a perfect size for lunch. It was not chewy, but very tender and flavorful. There was no way I was going to order French fries during my first day in Puerto Rico so I decided to try the tacu tacu. Tacu tacu is basically rice and beans Peruvian style. I loved the crunchy taste of the tacu tacu, and it went very well with the steak.
Mofongo de yuca con pollo salteado $9.95
This was probably the best mofongo I had the entire trip, and I tried quite a few since mofongo is very popular in Puerto Rico. This dish is made from fried green plantains and can consist of any item from chicken, seafood, beef or vegetables. We ordered the chicken mofongo, and it was excellent. Everything from the plantain, yucca, garlic, tomato, chicken and red pepper made this chicken mofongo flavorful.
The final bite: The food was very fresh, tasty and well presented. I had such a great experience here that I wish there was a Puerto Peru in NYC!
Reviewed by: Victoria