Balboa Park has so much to offer – a plethora of beautiful gardens & great museums and of course, THE ZOO. Several of the museums have little cafes and there are snack carts around the park. If you are looking for a nice sit-down meal, The Prado is the place to go. Honestly, we didn’t have high expectations as restaurants located in busy tourist areas often tend to not be particularly good since they don’t rely on repeat business. The Prado is an exception.
Beautifully decorated, very eclectic with large blown glass discs nestled in antler chandeliers, old world style lamps, some with beaded shades. We were promptly seated and soon devoured the flatbread with the delicious hummus – yum!!! Our waiter was very friendly, and genuinely interested in what we had seen at the park, what we were planning to see – and even gave us some suggestions. We found we had some things in common so had a great time conversing with him.
The Market Salad with grilled chicken was beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The Grilled Chicken BLT was super tasty. The Ciabatta roll is a bit cumbersome though – I’m not sure why restaurants continue to use these – one must have to practically unlock their jaws to take a bit. Consequently, you tend to eat it as an open-faced sandwich using a knife & fork. But it was very good nonetheless. The sandwich came with chips – some of which were Taro chips. Interesting, not very flavorful, but outside of the box culinary thinking.
We are so glad we opted to have lunch here instead of one of the museum cafes. The food was superb, the ambience nice, great people watching and attentive service. A tad bit pricey, but we will certainly return because the experience was so positive.
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