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Waffle-era Tea Room, old San Juan – Breakfast
Before we headed out for our Puerto Rico trip we did a little bit research on reviews of Puerto Rican food. Most of the travel journal written by Chinese mentioned that the food there was delightful in a way appealing to Asian stomach. I couldn’t picture what taste or flavor in my head. Then the first breakfast place pleasantly surprised us with its toothsome waffle dishes, not the traditional American syrup with berries type, but unusual combinations such as pesto chicken waffle topped with cherry tomatoes, or so called Pollo Al Pesto.
Above picture is their appetizer, Salmon Laced Pepper, hand-torched sweet peppers stuffed with goat cheese wrapped with smoke salmon. It is also probably the most top review breakfast place in old San Juan, Puerto Rico on Yelp and TripAdvisor. (Yelp 3.9, TripAdvisor 4.5.)
La Cueva del Mar, old San Juan – Dinner
Fried Mahi Mahi Bites and La Cueva – seafood rice with plantains are two dishes we ordered officially marked the start of our exotic food excursion. The crispy Mahi Mahi bites were with the most tender and juicy inside awoke our taste buds within just a few seconds. La Cueva is a seafood rice dish looks very like Paella, with shrimp, mussels, clams, calamari accompanied with fried plantains. We never had plantains before, was confused a little bit why these banana didn’t have any flavor besides the starchy taste and later we realized it is one kind of cooking banana.
Octopus Salad – this place also has the best in town octopus salad, mixed with jalapeno pepper, parsley and cured with vinegar, was simple but refreshing with a pleasantly chewy texture.