While visiting Rincon, Puerto Rico this January, I dined at the Horned Dorset Prima Vera for lunch with my family. This restaurant is described as the best in the western Caribbean. It is said that people drive from as far as San Juan for a dinner here. Since the restaurant is very renowned, we did not want to miss the opportunity to dine here.
The road to the restaurant is very primitive. You drive up a steep, winding, road to reach the dining area.
The road is so narrow that only one vehicle can drive on it any one time. I guess driveways of this type are typical for the area. The grounds are very scenic and well tended. There is a large pot of water lilies at the entrance of the dining area.
We dined outside at a sea side table overlooking the ocean. It was a very pleasant vista. The weather was beautiful. The experience was very enjoyable.
The menu was varied. The prices were good. They were not ridiculously expensive and the portion sizes were reasonable for the price.
The waiters were fairly prompt. They are considerably slower than we are accustomed to in the Midwest but we were in no hurry. They were pleasant. There were several dogs wandering around outside begging. We only saw one other diner while we were there. The restaurant is adjacent to the Horned Dorset Hotel.
We tried several different menu items.
These are some of the entrée’s we ordered
Grilled fish, tropical fruits, chilled guava soup, avocado, yucca fries
This was my entrée. The fish was very tasty, nicely seasoned with a char on the outside. The fruit included mango, pineapple, bananas, and melon. The serving was quite ample.
Borinquen was the name for the island used by the natives before the island was renamed Puerto Rico by the Europeans.
Lobster, shrimp, scallop, mussels in citrus broth
This dish was served with a lobster shell hanging on the bowl. Everyone who ordered this dish raved about it.
Ham, turkey, bacon, cheese served on wheat toast with lettuce and tomatoes
The traditional club ingredients are turkey on the bottom layer, and bacon, lettuce, and tomato on the top, sometimes called the “turkey club”. Other club sandwich variations generally vary the bottom layer.
A traditional Puerto Rican dishis made from fried green plantains or fried yucca, seasoned with garlic, olive oil and pork cracklings
Mofongo is a popular Caribbean dish which originated in Puerto Rico. Mofongo is usually served with a fried meat and a chicken broth soup. It is often filled with chicken, shrimp, or beef.
Grilled fish, tomatoes, potatoes, greens, olives, poached egg
Sometimes referred to as Salade niçoise or insalata nizzarda. As suggested by the name, it is a specialty of the region of Nice in France
Other diners in our part ordered hamburgers and they reported they were excellent. The hamburgers are made from Kobe beef. Kobe beef is renowned for its flavor, remarkable tenderness, and tremendous marbling. The preparation of the burgers was perfect, nicely browned on the outside and pink inside. We all enjoyed our entrée’s immensely.
We would recommend anything on the menu. Everything was prepared with fresh ingredients and carefully prepared. When they served the meal, everyone was served except the individual with the club sandwich. His entrée came about ten minutes after the rest of our meals. Other than that, the service was very good.
We were too stuffed for dessert so I have nothing to report on that. We drank iced tea and I ordered lemonade which seemed to be made from concentrate.
This was a very enjoyable dining experience.