Classic Comida Criolla in Old San Juan


By Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon
CJ Travel Editor

If you’re looking for local food in Old San Juan (and you’ve already been to Raices, Café El Punto and El Jibarito), here’s another eatery to try.


Aji Dulce Café on Calle San Jose specializes in comida criolla (local cuisine) and is owned by former businessman Luis Moscoso, who decided to spend his retirement doing what he loves: cooking.


And you can taste Moscoco’s passion for what he does in the food he serves. The tostones (mashed plantain fritters) we tried were hot and crisp without a trace of superfluous grease.



Shrimp mofongo was a treat for the tastebuds with a garlicky kick; and the fish, fresh from Rincon and flash-fried whole, was tasty enough to make a vegetarian reconsider.


“My restaurant is all about fresh local food,” says Moscoso. “And I buy only the best ingredients, as if I’m cooking only for myself.” Lucky for us, Moscoso loves to share.


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