After meeting Angel and Julie and their son Angel on a cruise to The Grand Bahamas in July of last year,I contacted them when I found we were going to be in San Juan, Puerto Rico as they live there. I made a dinner date with these folks, and asked them to make a reservation at their favorite restaurant there. I asked Angel to select a restaurant which served Puerto Rican Cuisine. I explained that if I wanted McDonalds, I would have remained in the states.
The restaurant they selected fit the bill just right. When I told the cab driver where we wanted to go, he had one comment, "they do it right."
The second we entered Ajili Mojili we knew we had received good advice. The place was packed with locals. I didn't see any tourists in this place. While it was crowded it didn' feel like it. After greeting our friends who were already seated, we got down to the business of ordering.
When the waiter found out I was only interested in local cuisine, he did everything he could to help me. After explaining some of the dishes I settled on Monfongo con Camerones,and it was excellent. This dish consists of ground plantains mixed with rice, and fried in garlic and butter. This is then served with you're choice of meat. I chose shrimp. The side dish was rice and beans but the name of this dish now eludes me. My wife played the chicken on this trip and ate a steak, also very good.
The food, atmosphere, service, and price were all outstanding. The people were very friendly and the locals know the place.