Platos Restaurant: American-Puerto Rican Cuisine

When we arrived at our hotel we were very hungry and asked the front desk person for a lunch suggestion. He suggested Platos Restaurant which was right across the street from the hotel. I had remembered reading online that it had excellent reviews, so we decided to take his suggestion!

I had two first impressions of the place. First, they have lots of interesting art work starting with the mural on the outside and masks on the walls inside. Second, it was completely dead inside. Of course, it was 2pm, so we figured we missed the lunchtime rush.

IMG_1570For lunch, we first ordered an appetizer of beef fritters (not pictured). They were actually IMG_1571my favorite thing that we ordered that day. It was basically fried beef ribs with a really good tangy orange sauce. For our main course, Brian and I ordered beef empanadas and a pork and plantain dish to share.  The empanadas were not as good as the beef fritters.  For one thing, the green chimichurri type of sauce on the empanadas was not nearly as good as the tangy orange sauce we had earlier. If I ordered them again, I’d ask to switch the sauces. Our pork dish was basically pulled pork sandwiched between two slices of friend plantain with melted cheese on top. It also came with a side of Puerto Rican rice. While it was fun to try new things, I can’t say this is a dish that I will be craving any time in the future.

My parents were dining with us and they selected two more American dishes. My mom IMG_1574ordered a pretty basic garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing while my dad selected a pasta dish that came with veggies and he added chicken.

Overall my impression of Platos was somewhat mixed. I felt it was a bit overpriced and that the food was edible but not the best that I’ve ever eaten. I would recommend it if you’re in the area of Isla Verde but don’t think it’s worth a special trip. I would also describe the menu as more of an American/ Puerto-Rican restaurant. If you’re looking for more authentic Puerto Rican food, then Metropol across the street is a good choice.

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