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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