As I mentioned in my review for Edelweiss Grill, I spent some time in Puerto Rico recently and had some really good food while I was there. Our friend of a friend, Javier at the San Juan Intercontinental Hotel, mentioned heading out to Los Kioskos de Luquillo for some good food. We liked the area so much when we dined at Edelweiss that while driving past it on the way back from Fajardo we decided to give it another go just at another restaurant. Worked out extremely well for us, Ceviche Hut ended up being a very pleasant surprise.
Like I had previously said, Los Kioskos translates to “The Kiosks”. They are a long strip of shops, bars, and restaurants along the northern edge of Route 3 between Playa Fortuna and Luquillo. Javier hit it right on the head with Edelweiss Grill, which was great, so I can only imagine the rest of the places and how good they are. Walking up to Ceviche Hut, it was set up very similarly to EG – bar when you walk in to the left, tables leading straight to the back of the restaurant which is open and faces the Caribbean/Atlantic. The decor is kind of a mish mash of Puerto Rican and Peruvian, both knick knacks scattered throughout as well as paintings. Overall nothing really special aside from the view out of the back of the restaurant, unfortunately the day we dined there it had been raining continuously.
The menu was fairly traditional featuring both Peruvian and Puerto Rican fair. The focus is around ceviche and seafood in general but there are a good number of other dishes available. I opted for the large sized ceviche mixto, my companions had the churrasco dish that was accompanied with tostones. We started off with an order of the chicken skewers appetizer.
The first thing to hit the table was a small cup of roasted maize. I gave it a shot and it just wasn’t my thing. I can see the charred flavor to the kernels being appealing to some but I wasn’t a huge fan. It was like chewing on a big burned up popcorn kernel. I was the only one on the table that tried it, so I got no other feedback. The chicken skewers arrived at the table next and… well, they were chicken skewers so what you see is what you get. They were plated with roasted yucca and were accompanied with a sauce that had a mustardy/horseradishy flavoring to it. I went with the straight up yucca since I love the flavor having grown up with it, and dipped the chicken. The chicken itself was nice and juicy, didn’t need to be dipped to be honest with you.
The Main Course
Finally the main course, I am a seafood lover extraordinaire and nothing tickles my fancy more than ceviche does. It came out and definitely looked glorious – the ceviche accompanied by a small serving of corn and a scoop of some type of sweet potato. I attacked the plate as quickly as I could. The seafood was fresh – there were chopped up pieces of fish, scallops, shrimp, and I tasted some crab meat in there, it was pretty glorious. The ceviche was washed over lightly with lemon juice and it worked well with the scallions, onions, and peppers that were mixed in with the seafood. Overall very satisfying but I wish I had ordered more. I asked for a side order of tostones and got about halfway through it. Also had a piece of the churrasco, it was good but not better than EG.
Ceviche Hut was excellent. The service was excellent with a very attentive waitress and the food – the important food – was spot on. The ceviche was some of the best I’ve had. If you’re in the area you should try and make it a point to get out to the Ceviche Hut, but definitely get out and hit up the Kioskos in general. Good food and good atmosphere.
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Out of Towner – Ceviche Hut Review reviewed by Well Fed on January 7, 2015 rated 4.0 of 5