Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date of Last Visit: Thursday, January 25 2006
The Victims: Syl, Feathers, Jimmy, Dave
The Damage: Unknown.
The Background: We really wanted to go to Marmelade, but the earliest they could take us was 9:45. Being Americans (well, except for Jimmy) this was way too late. So I asked the concierge for other suggestions, and he came up with Sonne and an earlier booking. He told me Sonne was a newer restaurant, but he’d heard good things about it.
The Approach: We arrived, and the restaurant was empty. Very empty. Too empty. I could tell Feathers was nervous. Nevertheless, it had the design factor going for it so we went with it. And really, we had nowhere else to go.
The Drinks: FANTASTIC. I had a coconut martini of some sort. Super delicious, although the last dregs were not pleasant. (Too gooey.) Feathers went with something lemony and vanilla-ish, which I switched to later on; I was quite pleased with it.
The Food: Our server encouraged us to share. And so we did. We started with some empanadas–how I love them. A particular highlights was the ribs–really super delicious. And the cold noodles. Who knew cold noodles could be so nice?
The Service: I felt like the entire restaurant waited on us. Everyone was really nice, although they failed my “What do you recommend?” test. (I dislike it when they tell me “everything is good.” This cannot be true.)
The End: Feathers cleared the table next to us of glassware. Classy.
The Verdict: Why aren’t more people here? (Feathers said she thought some of the dishes were salty. I did not have this problem.) If I’m ever in Puerto Rico again, I’d go.