A recent entry into Old San Juan’s culinary fare is the bustling & vibrant Melao. A labor of love 10 years in the making, this family-owned restaurant offers patrons a dynamic atmosphere with high quality food at affordable prices. Conveniently located just two blocks south of Puerto Rico’s Capitol Building, Melao’s cozy interiors are frequented by local politicians, so rubbing elbows with policy makers while enjoying lunch is not at all uncommon.
Chef’s specials are emailed daily to a growing list of repeat customers anxious to try out new dishes or return for more of their favorites. Some of the most popular include the beef & vegetable stir fry, the chicken & shrimp pasta, and succulent grilled pork chops with tamarind barbecue sauce. Desserts like the homemade chocolate mousse cake or the guava cheesecake are time-tested family recipes, served with great pride since Melao’s early days as a dessert and catering service. If the power lunch crowd is not your scene, relax in the al fresco seating area overlooking the San Juan Marina and sip on specialty drinks like the decadent Bushwhacker or the tropical Mango Mojito.
With an acclaimed and varied menu, refreshing drinks, and classic homemade desserts as sweet as they are attractively priced, Melao easily suits anyone’s palate.