Park Café, a hidden delight!

Park Cafe used to be one of my favorite restaurants in San Jose until suddenly I forgot about it, for no reason really! 
Last night I “rediscover” it.
As you enter this old hacienda type of house near La Sabana, you know the night we’ll be special. The restaurant is nestled in an Asian Antique Shop; everything around you is for sale. 
Richard Neat, the great chef and co-owner, decided to give a twist to his previous menu by introducing smaller courses so you can have a “tasting menu”, except that here, you chose what you want.
Don’t think tapas, this is much better since portions are big enough to get a good taste of each dish, but small enough to keep you waiting anxiously for the next course. 
We had a hard time choosing what to order from the well-balanced menu. 
We chose 6 dishes, all of them wonderful.

Beef carpaccio with mustard sauce
 Tuna and red snapper sashimi on top of an eggplant pure
Seared beef with roasted garlic 
Lamb chop over wild mushroom raviolis


You are thinking: Heavy Meal! It wasn’t. Let’s be honest: it’s not a “baby green salad dinner” but it’s certainly better!
My only regret was being too full to enjoy their magnificent “dessert tray”, so we ordered a pear tartin with caramelised ice cream, the perfect finale! 
Service was very professional and relaxed, something that’s hard to get in Costa Rica.
Park Cafe is truly a unique place.
Park Cafe
Sabana Norte, 100 mts Norte de Rosti Pollos
tel (506) 2290 6324

My rating:

  • Food:            4/5
  • Service:        4/5 
  • Ambience:    4/5
  • Decor:          4/5 
  • Cost:            $$$ ($40 pp)

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