Verde Mesa Verde Mesa owners, Gabriel and Loyda, wasted no time in concocting an experience that could match their inventive cuisine. Just by glancing in from Tetuán Street in Old San Juan, the place screams old-world charm. And, once within its rustic walls, you know you have hit the jackpot. You are now stepping inside a french woman’s country home—filled with rural décor and deliciously healthy food. For this woman, food is first and foremost all about pleasure, laced with a heavy dose of good ol’ olive oil, garlic, fish and fresh vegetables.
The smells, sounds and colors engage every visitor and are reminiscent of France’s very stylish countryside. Old sewing machine bases play the role of ingenious tables, while Louis XV-style chairs and white ceramics add to the french feel. A Spanish man sings along the lines of an old song, playing his acoustic guitar effortlessly, while diners bask in the ambiance and indulge their cravings.
With its chic style, organic cuisine and their famous “potions”—a revelation in the form of seasoned juices—Verde Mesa never ceases to impress. The french woman is not physically present to entertain her guests—since she’s a product of Loyda and Gabriel’s imagination—but you can catch glances of her charisma in the smiles of the caring personalities who work here—all treating diners as their close friends. And what more can one ask for while eating out? Bon appétit!
* Verde mesa specializes in fish and vegetarian food. Don’t miss their pigeon pea hummus; their Mahi-Mahi served on a bed of root vegetables, salmon and pumpkin stew; or their eggplant, cheese and roasted tomato sandwich.