We were staying in a hotel just up the street in the Miramar sector of San Juan prior to embarkation for a Caribbean cruise. Took a stroll down Ponce de León and saw the sign on the corner advertising Bartola....we are from Mexico and thought, what the heck, let's see what these Boricuas are doing with our food. Much to our surprise the food was super, the service stellar and the attitude of staff outstanding. We had such a good time getting to know the chefs and waitstaff and sampling the great food. We enjoyed it so much that after the cruise was over we came back again before leaving PR. Gossiping with the chefs and staff we found out that one of the owners is Mexican but the rest of the staff, except for waitress Nancy (?) who is also Mexican, are all Puerto Rican and have learned how to prepare the dishes being taught by the Mexican owner and by watching videos on YouTube! Considering their lack of formal training in Mexican cuisine preparation, their successful presentations are even more outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and being able to watch the chefs at work was an extra treat. We highly recommend Bartola and would love to return ourselves. Great value, delicious food, lovingly prepared and served and as an extra bonus...no Mexican kitsch.
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