Tacos & Tequila is the first establishment of its kind launched in partnership with Tequila Patron.
The tacos are the star of the restaurant and its menu, designed by Executive Chef Juan Jose Cuevas, includes seven varieties of these Mexican delights. Among others are the lamb tacos, which include Aleppo pepper, yogurt, cilantro, cumin, cucumber and radish, and short rib tacos with tomatillo habanero sauce, avocado, radish, cilantro and peanuts. There is also a selection of vegetarian, pork, crispy cod, steak and chicken tacos.
Other dishes that go perfectly with the fun and casual environment of space, are salads, tortilla soup, nachos and a variety of quesadillas. An outstanding desert selection includes plates such as cheese flan and the “Churro Ice Cream Sandwich”.The drinks offerings, made with more than nine varieties of Tequila Patron and Patron Roca, include specialty cocktails made with herbs and organic and fresh ingredients purchased from local farmers spices as well as an appetizing variety of margaritas.
Chef Juan José Cuevas
Puerto Rico native and Culinary Institute of America honors graduate, Chef Juan José Cuevas began his professional career in 1995, at a three-star Michelin restaurant, Akelarre in San Sebastián, Spain. In 1997, he returned to the United States and continued enhancing his culinary skills as Tournant & Saucier for the Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco under the internationally known Chef Sylvain Portay.
In July of 2000, Juan José joined the prestigious Alain Ducasse at the Essex House in New York as Saucier. Afterwards, he returned to Spain and completed an externship, staging at the Michelin-starred restaurant, El Raco de Can Fabes of Chef Santi Santamaría. In 2001, Juan José returned to New York as Sous Chef under Chef Christian Delouvrier of the legendary restaurant, Lespinasse. During his tenure at Lespinasse, the restaurant received the highest accolade a food critic for the New York Times can award a New York restaurant, four stars.
His next move was to join Chef Dan Barber at Blue Hill where they both obtained international recognition thanks to Juan José’s culinary skills and for Dan’s passion for the farm to table concept. Under the command of Juan José, Blue Hill was recognized and rated three-stars by the New York Times and one-star by Michelin. Later, Juan José joined Chef Ed Brown as Chef de Cuisine at Restaurant 81, achieving one star from Michelin during their first year.
In 2009, Juan José was awarded, Chef de l’ Avenir, (Chef of the Future) by the International Academy of Gastronomy. Juan José was the Executive Chef at The Pluckemin Inn at Bedminster, New Jersey during the following two years.
After many years honing his culinary craft alongside some of the most notable chefs in the world, Juan José returns to Puerto Rico as Executive Chef of the luxurious Condado Vanderbilt.
Sous Chef – Carol Reyes
Pastry Chef – Nasha Fondeur
PUERTO RICO RESTAURANT WEEK™ LUNCH MENU
Choose one for each course
Avocado / Chicken
2 Tacos of Your Choice:
TOMATILLO-CHILES CHICKEN TACOS
Avocado Salad / Spinach / Goat Cheese / Grilled Onions
ESCABECHE PORK TACO
Spicy Pineapple Salsa / Yogurt / Avocado / Smoked Chili Creme / Jalapeño
SPICY SHORT RIB TACO
Avocado / Pickled Papaya / Cabbage Cilantro
GRILLED SHRIMP TACO
Arugula Salad / Cilantro Aioli / Pickled Fresno Chile / Lime-Lemon Vinaigrette
Grilled Portobello Mushrooms / Walnuts / Cilantro / Avocado / Pickled Red Onions /
Goat Cheese / Lime/ Pickled Red Cabbage / Jalapeño
CHURROS ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream
*Price does not include tax or tip