Devoted exclusively to 'la cocina criolla', this starchy cuisine developed on the island a century ago. The traditional specialties include Omofongos ... More
Devoted exclusively to 'la cocina criolla', this starchy cuisine developed on the island a century ago. The traditional specialties include Omofongos (green plantains stuffed with veal, chicken, shrimp or pork) and Arroz con Pollo (stewed chicken with saffron rice. Despite the relative modernity of the building located on Ashford Avenue, the decor also sports the distressed brick appearance you'd expect in Old San Juan. Most dishes are priced at the lower end of the scale, and be aware that the portions are super-sized.
I used my credit card ONCE during my 4 day trip to Puerto Rico at this restaurant. The next day there were $1000's of fraudulent charges on my card.
In addition to trying to place fraudulent charges on my card, the food was terribly overpriced and the service abysmal, although I'm sure its tough to give good service and steal credit card info at the same time.
My review is based on visit to this rest. a few years ago. I was dissapointed, although the menu carries typical dishes. Although I can't say it is authentic typical Puerto Rican style home cooking. We ordered mofongo with grilled chicken and chicken fricase/stew with white rice, that's what we got nothing more!... well a way tooo expensive dinner bill, totally not worth it.
Service=Poor: waited about 20 minutes for waiter to take our order, then it took an hour to deliver the food to our table
The waiter was unnatentive, seemed like didn't care about making us feel welcomed, pretentious, needless to say left us waiting, didn't check to see how our food was after dropping! it off on our table
Food Presentation: NONE, Lacks! this is terrible (I didn't expect this from this pretentious so called best food/restaurant)non appetizing, unless you are starving to death like we were
Portion: Were rationed, Small, very much so, the mofongo was so small, that I ended up giving my husband some of my (also small/rationed) food. We both left very hungry.
Taste: A) Mofongo, delicious, very good taste, perhaps the best we've had (but still too small of a portion for a dinner entree)Grilled chicken, tasteless
B)White Rice, blah, Chicken Fricase/Stew, good, but needed more down home Puerto Rican taste and vegetables in it were non existent ie. potatoes etc.
Ambience: Too Loud, noisy, nice decor, no views, table arrangement=cramped
Price: extremely expensive for what you get!
In sum, I was dissapointed that the entrees are not served in a typical Puerto Rican food fashion in my opinion: I'll explain: I'm Puerto Rican and a typical plate to me is RICE and BEANS, side of plantains, plus meat entree and perhaps salad. AND Bigger Portions, with lots of flavor from the spices/herbs used in sofrito(a "criollo/creole" sauce used in stews, and marinating the meats) AND when done with your platter you are satisfied with taste, warm service, and reasonable price and portion.
We were disappointed when our Puerto Rican friends had to cancel our lunch date. Following their advice we still went to Ajili Mojili. Five of us enjoyed the wonderful food and ambience - absolutely a most memorable experience.
Went there 8/08 - had read the reviews and thought we couldn't go wrong - well we did! It was a Sunday night so maybe they had us in a different part of the restaurant and we couldn't figure it out.The place had all the ambiance of a Denny's: booths with bright swag lighting, no tablecloths, windows had closed shutters so no view.It wasn't busy at all, the famous Ajili sauce was the garlic equivalent of canned cream of mushroom soup.I had the chicken mofongo, basically tasteless other than the garlic sauce.My partner had a skirt steak that was quite tough and red beans that were definitely canned. needless to say we skipped desert and went to another place.Don't bother dressing nicely, everyone was come-as-you-are, even shorts and tank tops. Biggest dining disappointment of a 6 day trip...
We went to Ajili Mojili for a friend's birthday dinner while on vacation. The food was good, although pricey. But what was stunning to us was how bad the service was. We waited nearly twenty minutes to order. The food service was prompt (and if you go, you have to try the mofongo! It was the restuarant's sole redemption from a one star review), but once we were done eating, it took forever for the plates to clear. And on top of that, we waited almost a half hour for the check to arrive, and another twenty minutes for change. I have friends in the food-service industry, and try to cut the waitstaff some slack, but this was above and beyond bad. When I returned to PR for this year's vacation, I made sure NOT to eat here.
We wanted to experience real Puerto Rican food and were recommended to try this restaurant. The Food was delicious and the waiter informative and welcoming. I think we were lucky to get a table - book ahead.
My first visit to Ajili Mojili was in their "old" location on the Condado, and the next two times was after they moved nearer to the casino hotel. Food is incredible, and to have handsome, attentive Puerto Rican men waiting one's table just adds to the ambiance! A must stop in your travels of Puerto Rico!
Ajili Mojili caters to the tourist crowd. If you're looking for authentic PR food, look elsewhere. The food was over priced, and I was embarrassed when I brought friends here who were visiting me on the island. We went on a whim since the hotel recommended it.
The staff and the ambiance was very nice though.
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