Beach burgers

Henry's

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Last saturday Hubby and I were planning on going to a tavern, but when we got there it appeared to be an all men’s place. So, we drove around to see which would be a nice place to have lunch.  We were driving by one of the main? streets in Escazú, when we realized a place we wanted to try because it’s always full was today almost empty (it was too late for tico-timed lunch).

Henry’s Beach Café is a medium-large sized restaurant with beach like decoration.  The terrace is made out of wood and the tables are surrounded by umbrellas that simulate you are sitting on the sand under the sun.  Some tables are decorated with sunscreen bottles and the walls have surfboards.

There were only two other tables occupied when we got there, and two other couples arrived a bit later.  Their menu is not very extensive, compared to other restaurants we’ve visited here.  They have appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches and some entrees that are a bit more complex.  The service was a bit slow, but manageable.  We both had burgers. I ordered the bacon-cheese burger in the photo while my husband asked for one with black pepper and blue cheese.

Both burgers were big enough, served with lettuce, tomato, about a pound of pickles and onions, and a few french fries.  My burger was ok, though I think it could use a bit of spices and salt for flavor.  Hubby’s burger looked a bit disgusting.  The blue cheese was mixed with what I presume was light cream and mayo, so the taste was not strong enough.  I had a bite and it was ok, but nothing more.  He also thought that the meat lacked taste. The fries were a bit better.

Saturday night we got together with some friends who stated that buffalo wings is what is actually good there, so maybe we’ll give them a try someday… on the mean time I’ve come again to the conclusion that not because it’s packed it is a great restaurant.

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The pricy café

My husband repeatedly said, “don’t forget the camera”. He even sent me a facebook message and an email.  I got ready really early… I dressed up in one of the three pairs of jeans that still fit me, put on a shirt whose buttons didn’t pop out, and some sandals to walk comfortably.  I put some make up on, so people wouldn’t think there was a dead woman walking. Finally I got everything needed on my purse… ID, chewing gum, money and of course, my camera?

I called my girlfriend to schedule the lunch time, and she kindly said she would pick me up.  That was nice ’cause I didn’t fill like walking today -given that I lack a car yet.  So, she got here, we popped into the car and happily left to the restaurant.  We had lunch at Café Torino. As soon as we got there, I looked around.  The place looked nice. A guy helped my friend with her baby’s stroller, and we sat comfortably in one of the tables in the upstairs balcony.

We ordered our drinks… two lemonades, my friend’s with some mint (looked weird, but she liked it).  Then we asked for our food.  She had a Manchego cheese and arugula and a steak with porcini mushroom. I only had the the steak, cause I wasn’t that hungry, and it sounded good.

Everything was really tasty, specially the creamy risotto that was served with the steak. While we were eating, it suddenly flashed me, I have to take a photo for my new log! I realized that I had half eaten my plate, but figured it didn’t matter.  So, I opened my purse to get my camera, and it was not there! Damn! I owe you!  When we were done we asked for cappuccinos. Mine was lacking flavor. Finally we asked for the check… I was shocked to see how expensive the meal had been, guess one should ask the price of the off-menu stuff.  The food in the menu was not so pricy, they had lots to choose from, and their specialty is pasta.  They also had a very interesting display of desserts, which we didn’t try.

The service was good at first really attentive.  Then our waiter left for lunch and we were forgotten!

Hopefully I will have a more affordable experience next time…