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“A Big Surprise”

Essence Demo Cuisine
Ranked #11 of 14 Restaurants in El Castillo
Price range: $0 - $8
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Essence Demo Cuisine is a meat free restaurant that gets everyone involved with the food. We show our international guest about local products and present them in a non-traditional way. Our chef Isaac Welivér ("Le Cordon Bleu" of Chicago) prepares 3 gourmet vegetarian dishes not only in your presence but with your participation. Unique location overlooking the Arenal volcano on its lava flowing side.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by our B&B host and we're glad she did. The chef regularly cooks for only about 20 people per night in this very small restaurant and there were only about a dozen the night we went. There was a Japanese theme that night and we learned how to make vegetarian sushi, with all ingredients prepared in advance. This was served with a great miso soup and a sweet dessert. We also had wine and enjoyed the family-style seating. Call in advance to make sure there is enough room and enough food to accommodate you. This was a unique experience during our trip to Costa Rica.

Thank KathyandMarty
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

So much fun helping prepare and cook your vegetarian delight and then enjoying the scrumptious results with a glass of wine .Awesome!

Thank Robin J
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

Had a great time participating, in a small way preparing great vegetarian meals. Highly recommend it.

Thank marivietnam
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Reviewed May 5, 2012

We tried to stay at the Essence in late March, 2012 but they were booked for the night. Partly because they were thoughtful enough to call down the hill to Casitas Los Tucanes (see my review--that was a great place to stay) we made reservations for dinner at the Essence and walked back up the hill that evening. We're glad we did. It was a wonderful meal and a fun atmosphere. If we're ever in El Castillo again we'll absolutely do dinner at the Essence.

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Thank Richard W
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

When we booked our stay at Essence Arenal, I was really excited to read about the attached veg restaurant. We stayed at the hostel here for two nights and both evenings participated in the group dinner option. They try to feature a different cuisine each night so first night was lentil soup and falafel and second night was tomato soup and italian pasta night. Really delicious, great portion size, and fun to cook with your fellow travelers. Breakfast was available for a small fee and both mornings, it was also really tasty - birdie in the nest (fired egg in toast w/ hole) with fresh salsa on top and banana-pineapple topped french toast with fresh whipped cream. Friendly staff and hearty veg food- A+!

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Thank Jen K
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