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“A Great Time!”
Review of Pani Agua

Pani Agua
Ranked #83 of 1,050 Restaurants in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$20
Cuisines: Caribbean, Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Pani Agua is a Indo Caribbean Gastro and Hookah Bar. Come have a drink - we recommend the champagne mojito, smoke some hookah in our Hookah Lounge in San Juan and have some great indo-caribbean (indian/ puerto rican/ and caribbean food). Pani Agua was born fourteen years ago. A father- daughter project that grew into their vision of their union of cultures. A perfect blend of the food of Puerto Rico and India. Later, the son in law joined in and brought his West Indian culture. Together they have perfected the art of having fun and relaxing in Puerto Rico with some excellent food and service.
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We love Indian food but it's impossible to find in San Juan so when we heard about Pani Agua, an Indian/Puerto Rican fusion, we had to try it even though it sounded like an odd combination of cuisines. We had passed this attractive space, located on the Plaza De Armas in Old San Juan, a few days earlier when it was closed and looked forward to a very nice dinner. When we entered my initial reaction was "This is going to be a disappointment." No tablecloths, paper napkins, and lots of very young people, mostly occupied with their phones and hookahs. Despite the setting it felt more like a Starbucks than a place for dinner. I couldn't have been more wrong. From the moment we sat down our server, Pierre, did his best to make sure we enjoyed our meal. A misunderstanding resulted in us getting one glass of red wine rather than the two chardonnays we ordered. Pierre was extremely apologetic, but we kept the red. It turned out to be so good my husband ordered a second glass and he almost never drinks red. (Yes, we should have tried one of the many mojitos they offer -- next time.) We started the meal with the meat samosas (they were out of the vegetable, but the menu warns that items may change). They were excellent, more spicy than usual and really zippy when you added the green chutney. We shared a lamb curry and a shahi paneer. The curry was more "stew like" than usual, very flavorful with a light broth; we thought it was one of the best Indian curries we've had. The paneer was also different than usual but equally delicious. (The only thing we don't recommend is the garlic bread it's actually a pita, which was good but the garlic overwhelmed everything else.) During our visit Pierre and the other server were attentive and helpful, but never rushed us. We highly recommend Pani Agua; go expecting excellent food and service at a modest price but be relaxed; you'll have a great time.

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Thank Michael4300
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Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

We love Indian food but this could be the best Indian with a twist of Puerto Rico we've ever had! And the service 5stars!

Thank Alex C
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

The food here was good, with good vegetarian options. it is well located near the Plaze de Armas and quite close to
stop on the frree City Halll trollley route.

Thank RBHPotsdamNY
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Went to Pani Agua last weekend while visiting in PR. Was expecting a full restaurant/hookah bar experience. The place was very shabby and appeared mostly empty. But apparently that was busy for them, As they told us we had to wait an hour for a Hookah. Luckily a family left early, and we were able to get inside sooner. Our Server was very friendly, but appeared a bit overwhelmed. There ended up being an altercation between the Server (as he was the only one) and the bartender. It was a bit disturbing and made the experience very awkward. The hookah experience was okay, although they didnt have many flavors or coals that were requested. They only had two hookah Pipes. We had drinks which were good, different. MY favorite part was actually the mojito menu. Decent spot to just vibe out while in PR for drinks and Hookah, but don't expect anything extraordinary.

Oh, and the front door fell off, which was a bit bizarre.

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Thank shayshay2015
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We had the the plantains cups with chicken Tika. It was fantastic! Quite a limited menu and all fusion. Very reasonable prices on food and drinks.

Thank Mats Tomas K
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