My husband and I spent the holidays in San Juan this year. We had a few good meals but none stands out as much as the dinner we had at Metropol. There are several branches of this informal, family-style restaurant in San Juan and we had been to one of them 30 years ago. I remembered they had good Puerto Rican and Cuban food, but didnt really expect anything special. I dont speak any Spanish, so I cant give you the names of the dishes we had. Mine was morsels of fried pork, served over rice and beans, with a delicious cornmeal tamal. My husband was planning to order something familiar, but was convinced by the waiter to try one of the specialties of the house: half a smoked chicken, also with rice and beans, and yucca. Ive never tasted anything like it in my life! Well, actually, I have, but it wasnt chicken it was slow-cooked suckling pig. This chicken had the same marvelous flavor and texture the skin was completely brown and crisp, flawless in every way. And the meat, which I thought might be dry, was tender and moist.
Has anybody else had this smoked chicken at Metropol or anywhere else? More important: does anyone know how to prepare it at home?