I found the perfect excuse to come and explore the upcoming and trendy district of Santurce, Puerto Rico. Located only 10 minutes walk from Condado and 10 minutes by car from my headquarters at La Terraza de San Juan in Old San Juan. This restaurant is the classic example that a book should never be judged by its cover and that first impressions are not always the right ones. Seen from outside, Jose Enrique looks like a regular restaurant, but trust me you are in for a gourmet treat, if you follow your instincts. My recommendation, weather permits, ask to be seated outside, I did and LOVED it. FYI each time you visit is a new gourmet experience, since there is not set menu, and everyday is a new selection.
My choices for our lunch were: All paired to our own choice with Red Sangria. (Appetizer) Cangrejo + Balaju (needle fish) which BTW was beyond + Coconut Arepas with Conch. (Main course) Pez Espada (sword fish) and for (Dessert) we all shared some local donuts with various sauces, to end with some Chupitos signature by Chef Jose Enrique.
After such a great lunch, we decided to walk for a while around the district of Santurce, visit the fruit market and take a look at another great restaurant in the area, Santaella, located only two blocks away from Chef Jose Enrique. After that we cross the underground tunnels, towards Condado, for a quick coffee at the beach at the modern OCEANO.
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