Verde Mesa owners, Gabriel Hernández Febo and Loyda Rosa Figueroa, wasted no time in concocting an experience that could match their inventive cuisine. Just by glancing in from Tetuán Street in Old San Juan, this place screams old-world magic and charm. 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 dose of good ol’ olive oil, fresh herbs, fish and 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 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 “botanical potions”—revelations 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, both plastic artists—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, Verde Mesa Rice, salmon and pumpkin stew; or their eggplant, cheese and roasted tomato sandwich.