Fodor's Expert Review Budatai

$$$$ Condado Asian

Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.

Arriving at this stylish hotspot in Condado's poshest shopping district feels like entering a secret club. The brainchild of one of Puerto Rico's best-known chefs, Roberto Treviño, offers a seamless mix of Latin-accented pan-Asian food. The menu includes such dishes as duck fried rice with sweet plantains, pork dumplings with black truffles, and halibut sashimi with coconut, yuzu, and toasted garlic. The restaurant, on the third floor, is decked out in rich, dark colors, with Chinese lanterns that look as though designed by Salvador Dalí. The attentive service and the elegantly dressed crowd, however, never feel stuffy. You can't get enough of the calamari, fried for a few seconds in hot oil and then quickly sautéed with sweet onions. The upstairs outdoor terrace is a good place to sip one of the specialty cocktails, and brunch is served on Sunday.

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Quick Facts

1056 Av. Ashford
Condado, 00907, Puerto Rico

787-725–6919

www.budatai.com

Known For:
  • Fried calamari with sautéed sweet onions
  • Specialty cocktails
  • Elegant but unstuffy atmosphere

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