San Juan, PR - TANTRA August 12 2013
Location: 356 Fortaleza, San Juan, Puerto Rico - 00901
Ambience: Intimate, Tantric, Romantic
Price Range: Moderately Expensive
Seat Availability: Readily available
Parking: Street Parking, fairly difficult
Metro accessible: NONE
Website: NO WEBSITE
Worth it? YES
Although many Latin fusion choices are offered, I personally would eat authentic Indian dishes at this particular restaurant. Indian food in the Carribean is uniquely prepared; therefore, I would recommend this place, especially if you are a vegetarian.
For the Fourth of July long weekend, my friends and I went to San Juan, Puerto Rico! It was my first time in the Carribean, so for my birthday (July 6th), my friend took me to an Indian restaurant in Old San Juan called Tantra.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food, atmosphere, and the crowd at the restaurant. After a busy couple of days in San Juan, this was a perfect meal for a moderately upscale Indian restaurant in the Carribean. The name Tantra completely resonates with the ambience of the location. Warm candlelit lighting and ethnic art from India made for a pleasant experience.
The staff was not well trained; they had difficulty explaining the menu, especially if you were to ask them to customize certain items. This meant that the manager had to come to our table every now and then.
For Appetizers, there was an interesting twist with Latin influence. I had never had and Indian-Latin fused cuisine, so this was a good try. Indian-Latino Sampler for Two is a good option; it comes with a lot of food that includes Caribbean Spiced Duck Breast, Garlic Churrasco, Norri Roll, Coco Camarones, Fish Tempura, Mofongo & Lo-Mein.
For the entree, my friend and I both opted for seafood curries. The curries were delicious! The food transported me back to Goa and some places in Mumbai where authentic coastal seafood is served. Good job on the seafood preparation, I must say. The entrees came with rice, and there was plenty to eat for the two of us with just 2 curries.
Very rarely do you find a restaurant that makes good Indian seafood curries. Making a good seafood curry is an art, and this restaurant practices that art. The blend of fresh coconut, spices and the sourness added with tamarind gives their seafood curries a good taste. Even though we ordered 2 seafood curries, they both tasted very different from each other, which was a good taste test, I must say.
Thank you TANTRA!