Located on the rooftop of the San Juan Water and Beach Club Hotel is Mist Rooftop Bar & Kitchen, a modern lounge area with gorgeous ocean views. A few weeks back, they started offering brunch on Sundays. At first, I hesitated before deciding whether to check out the brunch since you typically expect hotel food to be “just okay” and extremely pricey, but, after learning that Chef Raul Correa and Chef Juan Lebrón were behind the menu, I could not wait to go. Luckily, a few weeks back, I received a call from representatives of the hotel inviting me to experience the brunch firsthand, so I jumped at the chance.
When you first arrive at Mist, you are greeted by a gentle cool breeze and be taken aback by the beautiful view. Brunch is not brunch to me without a spicy Bloody Mary to get things started, so as soon as I sat down, that is precisely what I ordered. That baby just hit the spot.
After sipping on some welcome drinks, we decided to put ourselves in the hands of Chef Juan Lebrón and just let him introduce us to his favorite dishes on the menu. First up was the Avocado Toast with Medium Eggs, Bacon and Tomato. This dish can be enjoyed as an appetizer if you are in a group, or as a light main course. So simple, yet delicious! It’s like an egg sandwich on steroids. I dare you to have just one.
Next up, was the staple brunch item: eggs benedict, but believe me, these benedicts are anything but traditional. Right of the bat, instead of your typical Canadian bacon, ham, or salmon, you get a nice slice of slowly braised juicy pork. Say goodbye to that dull English muffin and hello to a crispy rice croquette. Top that baby off with a creamy and zesty hollandaise sauce and you have yourself a rockstar of a dish.
As our third dish, we enjoyed the chef’s version of fried chicken and waffles. It was the perfect combination of sweet and savory.
Our fourth dish and my personal favorite was the Spaghetti Carbonara. This folks is carbonara done right. No cream, just a beautifully poached egg atop al dente spaghetti drizzled with Parmesan cheese. The twist? Instead of using bacon or pancetta, they substitute it for longaniza, a local sausage with a hint of spice that gives the dish a perfect kick. I could eat this dish all day everyday.
Our final dish was the Huevos Jibaro that consists of medium eggs, ajili mojili (a mildly spicy sauce made from peppers and garlic), crumbles of morcilla (blood sausage), local cheese, and avocado served with soft corn tortillas. This light dish packs a mountain on flavor and can be best described as the perfect breakfast taco.
Overall, we had a great time during brunch at Mist. Good eats, strong drinks, and relaxed atmosphere make it the perfect place for Sunday brunch. So, make sure you check it out.