Located in the historic colonial section of San Juan, Puerto Rico and just one block from the governor's mansion lies Barrachina restaurant. This restaurant specializes in creative Puerto Rican and international cuisine. Barrachina is surrounded by historic colonial buildings that are over 200 years old and has an amazing interior courtyard for outdoor dinning that delights and charm it's visitors.
Is in this exact courtyard where don Ramon Ports Mingot, first made the famous piña colada in 1963.
According to Wikipedia, in 1963, on a trip to South America, Mr Barrachina met another popular Spaniard and bartender Mr. Ramon Portas Mingot. Don Ramon has worked with the best places in Buenos Aires and associated with 'Papillon' the most luxurious bar in Carcao and was also recognized for his cocktail recipe books. Pepe Barrachina and Don Ramon developed a great relationship. While working as the main bartender at Barrachina (a restaurant in Puerto Rico), Ramon mixed pineapple juice, coconut cream, condensed milk and ice in a blender, creating a delicious and refreshing drink, known today as the Piña Colada.
My favorite thing on the menu was the whole red Snapper with shrimp and putanesca sauce. It comes with a serving of white rice, kidney beans stew, and fried plantains or "tostones".
What makes this dish really special is the sauce. Is rich, tangy and ohh so good. Is the perfect pairing with the fried snapper. I swear everyone on my table wanted to take it away from me.
Another menu favorite was the mofongo with shrimp and king crab. Mofongo is basically mashed green plantains that are seasoned with garlic and spices and stuffed with anything that you like: lobster, chicken, skirt steak, seafood, vegetables, etc. A Creole Sauce is usually poured all over the top in order to add moisture to the dish.
Chicken stir fry ordered by my sister. I didn't try this one but it looked very scrumptious.
One of the things I loved the most about Barrachina is that every Friday and Saturday you can enjoy a Flamenco show while eating your dinner. Flamenco nights seems to be a favorite among local residents and tourists so make sure you get there early if you don't want to miss out.
|Photo by Alan Brown|