If there’s one thing I love about a dining experience, it’s one where everyone at the table is genuinely having fun, enjoying the company and food. Which leads me to Altamar in Condado, Puerto Rico. Now, before I jump into my review I do want to make a disclaimer and let you know that Chef Alejandro is my brother-in-law but he knows I must be honest – so let’s do this!
Going to Altamar was on my agenda when I was in Puerto Rico. I went with a close group of family and enjoyed two bottles of wine as conversations flowed. We talked about the beautiful nautical decor, that somehow wasn’t cheesy, and how excited we were to try the food. We’d been hearing about it for months, so we had expectations.
We started off with a new sampler they had added to the menu full of delicious fried seafood goodness. I fell in love with the blood sausage encased in fried dough, which surprised me since I hate blood sausage. The sampler was a good preview of what was coming for dinner and it was a conversation piece as we continued our dining experience.
For dinner, I went with the Scallops. The dish was paired with gnocchis in corn cream, prosciutto crumbles and chive oil. It was my first time trying scallops and the whole combination was a good beginner experience. It was a pleasant mix of sweet and salty. We also got a side of ‘mamposteao’ orzo, which was amazing. If you’ve never had mamposteaoit’s a definite must. The whole metaled paired up so nicely with the wine we got, which was an Albariño.
To end the night we ordered some homemade bread pudding, which isn’t what we’d normally go for but sounded pretty good. To our surprise it was very tasty and a good palate cleanser. Not too sweet and it paired well with the ice cream they gave us.
Honestly, it’s a great place to go for a special dinner with friends, family or your SO. Price wise, it’sdefinitely a special occasion place for me. We genuinely just left feeling full and happy. The place really promotes socializing as you eat and it creates the experience. Plus, they have a rooftop bar with a separate app menu and access to the main kitchen.
If you’re in Condado and want to have a special meal then it’s a place to check out. They also do Wine Thursdays and Brunch on Sundays so it’s easy to fit it into your schedule.