One of the first restaurants I visited when arrived to San José was La Casona del Maíz, spanish for the Big House of Corn. I was invited for lunch by my husband who had had lunch there on several occasions and he wanted me to try the food there.
When getting there, I was charmed by the hugh plant nursery which is just across the place. It looks like a park, actually. They have lots of plants, flowers, small trees and even some rock made benches and other decoration.
The restaurant is a palapa-like building with no walls. The roof is made of metal sheets. They have picnic tables which are not the most comfortable thing. They also have a huge cart which used to be the means of transport for coffee beans and other crops. They actually still use those nowadays in some parts of Costa Rica, I’ve seen it with my own eyes, otherwise I wouldn’t believe it. Anyway, if you’d like to see some of this carts (they are beautifully crafted) click here.
So going back to my lunch… we ordered our drinks. I asked for tamarind drink while my husband asked for horchata. The tamarind drink was super good! Made with fresh tamarind, water and some sugar, the drink has a bitter-sweet taste that is difficult to forget. As for the horchata, which is a drink made with rice,milk, vanilla, cinnamon, water and some personal ingredients everyone adds. I personally find the taste really bad. Hubby, however, loves it!
After they brought our drinks, we ordered our food. I asked for beef filet with mushroom. Hubby ordered Turrialba beef filet, which is the same meat but completely covered with cheese. Both plates were served with white rice, black beans and green plantain ceviche.
I did taste my husband’s food, and I think it was so much better than mine. Of course, anything that has cheese, or more fat forthat matter, is always tastier. So, I would recommend the Turrialba steak better! As for dessert, we ordered passion fruit ice-cream. It was really delicious, but I am a passion-fruit lover, so I might be just a little biased.
So whenever you come to visit CR, don´t forget La Casona del Maiz. By the way, the place is located in Alajuela.
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