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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Cafe Cultura, Atenas

Cafe Cultura is a newly opened restaurant, situated on the east side of the park or, to put it another way, if you were standing in the park facing the church, the restaurant is on the left.

Six of us had lunch there today and I highly recommend this restaurant. They serve breakfast, too, which is a big attraction for me. Lots of menu choices. They have an extensive list of smoothies, teas and coffee drinks.

The inside of the restaurant is very nicely decorated. We decided to eat outside in the large walled courtyard at the back. It was so nice sitting at our table, shaded by trees with a good breeze blowing. I had no idea that all this quiet outdoor space exists behind the shop facades on this street. You really have to just walk into businesses to find out what is going on, because often you cannot tell only by looking at the outside of the building.

Between us, we ordered a chicken Caesar salad, a Greek salad, lasagna with house salad, pasta with salmon and a Cuban sandwich. Everyone said their choices were very good, ditto with the smoothies. Mine was made with coconut water, watermelon and carrots. The plate presentations were very attractive. Oh - the lemon pie - try it, try it. One of our group said the pecan pie is really good also.

Our server liked to take all the food orders first, then the drink orders. I'm not sure if alcohol is served here.

This is a great place for a leisurely meal. On the way out, the chef told us they are going to serve a brunch this Saturday - reservations are needed. Not only that, he said he can offer Thai food! He just needs to know ahead of time if it's something off the menu.

Well, I know what I want to do - get a group together and go for Thai food. They close at 7:30 pm but can stay open later if needed.

Here's the important info: owners: Marcial Rodrigues and Osmin Gonzalez. Phone number 2455-0081. Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and the same for Saturday. Closed Sunday. They also do take-out and catering. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

5 comments:

  1. Great news, another terrific restaurant in Atenas! I can't wait wait to return and try it!! Where exactly is it located? Next to Tadeo's? Super report, thanks.

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  2. Isn't it amazing just how many restaurants Atenas and area has? And they are all so good! Yes, it's next to, or maybe two shops up from, Don Tadeo's Sports Bar.

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    1. Hi Diana, as a fellow Canadian and "Atenas wannabee":) I really enjoy your blog. After researching Atenas as a potential retirement destination, my husband and two teenage sons had a chance to visit this Christmas. It did not disappoint . I follow your journey as we are seriously thinking of spending more time there. Do you rent? How does this work out financially?

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    2. Thank you for reading my blog and happy to hear you are enjoying it. Yes, we do rent our house - we also leased in Cloverdale, B.C. Where in Canada do you live?

      We are renting here, about 2.2 kms from Atenas. The distance is walkable. It is a 2 bedroom, 1 bath on a large property. The price includes security system, electricity, water, satellite TV, high speed internet, fully furnished, washing machine and house phone line. The only extra we pay is for the gardener and that is not excessive at all. We have banana, mango, lime and orange trees. We bought cell phones from ICE, very inexpensive.

      This house is $500 less in monthly rent than what we paid for our house in B.C., and there we also had to pay for electricity, gas, cable, internet, phone, and we had to shovel the snow when it happened!

      Financially, we are significantly ahead of the game. Not only that, the lifestyle is great twelve months of the year as opposed to cold weather with winter storms, hot weather with humidity (depending on where you live in Canada). We have made lots of friends in the short time we've been here, both Ticos and expats. Hope this helps.

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  3. Unfortunately, this restaurant has now closed (February, 2013).

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