Arroz con Mango

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200 metros al Este del Puente Manolos, camino a Zooave, 2022-4050 La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica

 

So we heard so many good things about this restaurant that we just had to go. My wife and I and our friends headed out to have some lunch. The place has a good bit of parking and from what I could see it needs it. We were the 1st few there for lunch, but by the time we left the place was filling up. So does a busy place mean it is a good place to eat? Well I guess we will see.

Here are pictures from their Facebook page of their menu. Lets start with those so you can see what they have to offer and what the prices are and then I will get into what we had and was it worth what we paid.

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The restaurant its self is very nice. It is large and the seat were comfy, the tables are nice and the place is clean. There are a number of people there who speak English. However our waiter spoke very little. As I stated in another post my wife and I are on a strict diet. My restaurant Spanish is actually pretty good. So I can go in and know what the menu says and order the food the way I like it. Now with the strict diet it does make it a little hard. Most restaurants can figure it out and are very helpful. Here it was a little difficult.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe food we got was good. Well the main entree was. We were given an option of 2 sides. This picture shows what I ate. I chose as my two side ensalada verde (green salad for my grino friends). I am required to eat a minimum of 2 cups of veggies, and lettuce doesn’t count. This salad had very little nutritional value to it and was no where near even 1 cup of veggies. Now the chicken was very good! It wasn’t dry and the sauce was ok. I have a feeling, but I could be wrong it was sauce from a jar. I do not think it was homemade. Now the salad dressing was very good. It was a lemon juice based sauce. Very tasty and went a long way to making the salad better. Was this meal worth $11 sorry to say no. It wasn’t just he poor salad that was the issue. The quantity of meat and the taste of the sauce wasn’t matching the price.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was my wife’s meal. It is the filet mignon. I did taste it and it had a very good taste to it. She is on the diet so she too got the double salad as her veggie choice. Now unlike me she did not like the dressing at all. The steak was in a wine sauce which is technically a no no on our diet. It was a tender piece of steak. It was cooked the way she requested it as medium rare. Was this meal worth $15? I would say yes it was, even though the salad was again lacking.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis meal belonged to one of our friends. She enjoyed it very much. She and her husband like this place a lot. While we were there I found out this was their 3rd visit in the last 5 days or so. I would say they like the place. Her meal was the chicken cesar salad. She also got a side of fried with it. She said it was very good. Is this meal with $6? I would say yes it was.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This was our other friends meal. It was a burger and fries. He said it was very good and the burger was stuffed with cheese. Which is always a nice touch. Back in the states a restaurant we used to go to had stuffed burgers and they were amazing. Our friend said the burger was good and the onions were exceptionally good as well. They were fried and very sweet. Now was this meal worth $9? $9 for a burger and fries is a little steep. So I am going to say a maybe on this one. Since I didn’t taste it I don’t want to say no.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was the brownie. I forgot to take a picture of it before it was eaten. It was very good. They usually serve it warm with ice cream. I got it because we were a little late getting lunch and my blood sugar was very, very low. Now after this meal and once I got home my sugar level was normal without insulin. Which was a good thing. Now if this was warm and with ice cream worth $4? I would say oh yea!

It is a family oriented restaurant, no doubt. There are a couple of play areas for the kids. I also understand they do live music as well. So all these add to the value of this restaurant.

So lets wrap this one up. Food was good, place was clean, staff was friendly and service was very good. Some items were over priced while others were worth it. I would say I give them 3 1/2 seashell1out of 5. If the prices were a little better, the sauce didn’t taste like it came from a jar, and the salad actually had some good stuff it in I would have given it a 4.  I know some of my friends who have been there are going to give me some flack for this one, but this was my experience. I will give them another try later on, but I won’t go out of my way to go back. Defiantly when I am off the diet we will go back and I will review it again.

Pura Vida!

 

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