The Prado is located inside one of the historical buildings, and the interior was richly and tastefully decorated:
Complimentary crackers and dip which were moreish:
The service we received at The Prado was welcoming (even though we were dressed for the zoo and not a fine restaurant), and our friendly waitress was very helpful in recommending what to order when we had trouble deciding. The lunch menu offered a nice variety, from sandwiches and burgers, to salads, risotto and paella. There was a cute Children's Menu that our boy could colour in, and all items were well-priced at US$7.95 which includes a drink and ice cream.
Spcy Maya Hot Chocolate (US$3.95), with Chuao chocolate, steamed milk and whipped cream. It was yummy and we liked it:
Our boy chose Crispy Chicken Fingers from the Children's Menu (US$7.95), served with warm marinara sauce and taro chips. You can tell that these chicken fingers were handcut, crumbed and fried in the kitchen, and so much better than the processed packaged stuff. Juicy and moist, our son loved it. Even us adults couldn't keep our hands off the chicken fingers and chips:
Hubby ordered the Grilled Fish Tacos (US$14.95), with marinated mahi mahi, red cabbage-jicama slaw, mango-jalapeno salsa, mango mustard and corn tortillas. Thoroughly enjoyable and delicious:
Mine was an item off the daily menu, a Grilled Salmon with Corn Salad, which was highly recommended by our waitress. And it was a good pick. The salmon was grilled to perfection, and I adored the corn salad:
The dessert item that came with the boy's chicken fingers: Vanilla Ice Cream with whipped cream and chocolate sauce:
For dessert, we shared a Triple Chocolate Threat (US$8.50) - chocolate cookie crust, dark chocolate baked custard, dark chocolate ganache, salted caramel ice cream and cocoa nib garnish. Utterly decadent and a chocolate lovers' delight:
I was curious about the Chocolate Martini (US$8.50), made with Smirnoff vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, Kahlua and chocolate. This was a potent drink, perhaps not for the middle of the day, but we liked the chocolate flavour:
We quite enjoyed our lunch at The Prado. The food we ate were presented well and tasted good, which I'm sure were much better than what we could have gotten for lunch inside the zoo!
[Prices quoted above exclude additional taxes and tips.]
The Prado at Balboa
1549 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101
Tel. +1 619 557 9441