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“The best (Indonesian) food we had in Costa Rica”
Review of Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang
Ranked #6 of 25 Restaurants in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Small, 10-12 pax, Indonesian restaurant with pacific Ocean view, authentic cooked Indonesian fare. Reservations only, visit our FB page Ylang Ylang Restaurant and use the BOOK now Button. We serve dinner (make your reservation). We cater at your house or rental (please contact us) We cater your party with Indonesian style tapas (please contact us) We do Chef at Home (please contact us) We do Cooking classes 1 or 2 persons max. (please contact us)
Veenendaal, The Netherlands
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13 reviews
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“The best (Indonesian) food we had in Costa Rica”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

Tonight we had a perfect dinner at Ylang Ylang, which is owned by a dutch guy named Hans and his wife who was born in Jakarta. We went to this restaurant because of the good reviews at tripadvisor and because we wanted to eat something different and a bit spicy.
As starter we had spring rolls and the sticky rice with beef which is normally served at Indonesian weddings and parties as a gift. Amazing taste and flavours. As main course we did choose for the bali menu. Amazing again. The best food we had in Costa Rica for sure. Just give it a try. It's the only Indonesian restaurant in Costa Rica and you won't regret it. That's for sure.

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New York City, New York
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“Amazing Indonesian in Costa Rica”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Having lived in, and traveled extensively in Asia, we were not sure about trying Indonesian food in Costa Rica (although the reviews on this site were excellent). Having now spent the last two nights dining at Ylang Ylang we are so glad we did. Exactly one year ago we spent ten days in Bali, where our top priority was sampling the best of the local cuisine. The meal we had on our second night in Costa Rica at Ylang Ylang would certainly have been the equal of anything we had in Bali. On our first night we ordered two appetizers: a pork sate (wonderfully spiced; not the typical one-note peanut sauce--and very tender) and sticky rice with beef filling steamed in banana leaf (perfectly cooked). The home made sambal (hot sauce) was an excellent condiment. Indeed one of the great things about this charming restaurant is the effort the owners (Hans and Caroline) put into sourcing high quality local ingredients; indeed many of the spices that are not indigenous to Costa Rica (i.e., lemongrass, galangal, etc) are grown in a garden on the premises. For our entrees (there are 4 choices of entrees, serving 2 persons) we chose the beef rendang (very well spiced) and slow-cooked chicken leg. The complex mix of spices and the marinating process rendered both proteins extremely flavorful--and the skilled cooking process resulted in a very moist and tender rendang (almost unheard of) and chicken. The entrees came with sides of green beans and a vegetable mixture (cooked in a flavorful coconut and spice mixture)--these vegetables were equally as good. Dessert was a crepe flavored with pandan leaves, palm sugar, tropical fruit and ice cream (very Southeast Asian and very good). At the conclusion of our meal we knew we had to come back one more time before departing for the North. On the second night we chose the pork sate (again--its that good). This time we opted for the seafood entree. Caroline came out of the kitchen and told us that (anticipating our return visit) she had prepared a special version of the shrimp entree (having mentioned our interest in "spicy" preparations the night before), anticipating that we might choose the seafood this time (which we found very cute). In any case, the seafood entree included a red snapper (delicious in terms of its preparation--moist and flaky--but also in terms of the quality of the snapper fillet. It is obvious that the owners put a lot of thought and pride into obtaining and serving the best possible ingredients. The shrimp special reminded us of a favorite Malaysian style preparation we ate growing up--sharp, pungent, spicy, and full of flavor, these shrimp were something to savor--and remember. We finished our second meal with a dessert of lemon/coconut cake with ice cream that was a perfect end to a 2-day-long Indonesian culinary journey. Our only regret is that there is nothing comparable back home (NYC) in terms of authentic Indonesian cuisine.

  • Visited December 2012
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YlangOjochal, Owner at Ylang Ylang, responded to this review, December 15, 2012
Thank you very much for your review. We were glad serving you knowing you're from Malaysia and living in NYC. For ourselves we put our level of quality on a high level and specialized in Indonesian food. It's a great compliment for our chef Caroline your meals remind you of your youth in malaysia!
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New York City, New York
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“The nicest dinner of our whole trip”
Reviewed December 5, 2012

...To uvita was at Ylang Ylang.
The food was delicious and Hans was just a lovely host.
A must for anyone who likes good food and a warm welcome/

  • Visited November 2012
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Potrero, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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“Indonesian Treat”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

I visited Ojochal, Costa Rica for two weeks at the beginning of September. I ate at Ylang Ylang twice during my visit, one time alone and once with friends. The food is prepared with skill and love. On both occasions the owners, Hans and Caroline made me feel welcome and appreciated. I was educated about Indonesian food compared with other types of Eastern cuisines. Many of the herbs and vegetables are grown on site. The food was fresh and perfectly prepared. I thought the prices were reasonable. ($45 for meal and wine) The main courses are designed for two people to share and include two main dishes. We ordered the red snapper and shrimp which included a beef dish and then one separate chicken dish (there were three of us) When I visited alone I was able to order just one main item. The meal is served family style with large bowls or rice, veggies, and condiments. There is a heated serving tray on the table to keep everything warm. When I visited with my friends we even had food to take with us for lunch the next day.
The green crepe for desert was fantastic.
The grounds are breathtaking. Gorgeous Pacific sunset if you get there on time. They do a Sunday Brunch on a wooden deck that overlooks the sea.
I did a trial run to find the place before I went. It's a tricky place to find but well worth the effort.
If you are visiting Ojochal from out of the country and rent a car, make sure you get a 4x4. It makes life so much easier.

  • Visited September 2012
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College Station, Texas
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“An Unexpected Treat!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

This place blew my mind and is a definite redo next time we are in Costa Rica. We had 6 adults and 2 young children. There were four offering for the evening (minimum of two people per offering, $21 per person) and we chose three different ones. One offering had beef and pork (Java), the second beef and chicken (Ylang Ylang), and the third shrimp and red snapper (Sumatra). We all had appetizers (prices run from$5 to $8). My wife and daughter enjoyed the vegetarian spring rolls and the rest of us had the sate babi (grilled pork on skewers with peanut sauce)--outstanding. The main courses were exotic, flavorful, and totally enjoyable. Desserts were fantastic (prices about the same as appetizers). Two in particular stood out a green crepe (the green coming from plants grow on site) and a lemon cake with coconut and other goodies. What is really incredible, with such exotic fare is both kids found plenty to eat and they liked it. Ylang Ylang absolutely requires reservations (some of the cooking starts days before). Also make sure you get good directions (we were lucky that my brother-in-law had eaten there before). Like everything in Costa Rica you’ll be paying American prices and Ylang Ylang is both high class and exotic. Our bill was $334, but we did enjoy a couple of really great bottles of wine. If you are lucky enough to get there before dark the view is wonderful, sitting high on a hill looking back at the ocean. Lastly, the owners Hans and Caroline do it all themselves. Hans is a most welcoming host and Caroline is a magician in the kitchen. As of the end of Sept 2012 they said they would be closing for two months to expand in preparation for the high season. Give Ylang Ylang a try, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Visited September 2012
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