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“Killer fish, great sides, sterling host” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Asha's Culture Kitchen

Asha's Culture Kitchen
Ranked #1 of 21 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Buffet, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: ***Top quality seafood and barbeque in Punta Gorda***Relax at the only restaurant and bar around that is completely over the sea. Fresh meals are cooked to order with sustainably caught seafood; fish are often caught by Asha (the owner/head chef) himself. Open kitchen serves hearty dishes prepared with healthy ingredients.Listen to various styles of live music – including Creole and Garifuna drumming, Mayan marimba, and international performances – all while enjoying the Caribbean sea breeze with a view of the Guatemala highlands from across the bay.Exceptional service and competitive prices. Business practices are very environmentally friendly. Marine tours, sustainable-fishing classes, sunset-booze cruises, and cooking lessons are available. Great meeting spot to get to know the locals, meet other tourists, or get detailed information on Toledo. We cater to all needs; including large groups, food delivery, and a variety of events. Please call ahead for large groups, to-go orders, directions, or our music schedule.
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“Killer fish, great sides, sterling host”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014

Asha's sits on a deck overlooking the Caribbean on Front St in Punta Gorda. It is, in my view, the best restaurant on South coast. Asha is Rasta: warm, real, and very friendly. So no meat here, but for a bit of chicken, but if you come to PG and eat anything other than fish and the absolutely incredible local produce, you are certifiably nuts.

When you walk in, there is a blackboard with a listing of available fish and sides-the ones that are available that day are checked. The fish is prepared in a number of ways-our favorite was the garlic sauce, which worked great with snapper, snook and lionfish. Fried conch was great, a bit of guilt and all.

The fact they feature Lionfish is a tribute both to the great taste of the fish, it's depressing availability ( an invader species destroying the native reef fish--thanks to that nightmare of a place, Atlantis, which allowed them to escape from their "aquarium"--and to Asha's heart and environmental ethos. Highly suggest the callaloo and coconut rice as sides, cole slaw is tasty and not over-dressed. Prices for complete dinner are $25 BZ or about $12 US. In that range, it is more than you would pay some other places, but the quality of the food is superb.

As is the case in much of Central America, service can be good or very, very slow. If the place is packed and you lack patience, ask how long to expect your food to arrive. But under any circumstance, chill out, have a Belikan and enjoy the view. The food and spirit of the place is worth it.

  • Visited March 2014
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Valencian Country, Spain
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25 reviews
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“Eating there”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

The selection of fish is great and tasteful. If it is full and you come last, then you have to be Patient. The "Johnny Cash" singer is nice, but for us a bit to close and therefore to loud.
The furniture is simple.

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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“Sustainable Seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2014

Asha doth rock thy seafood as though he hath sold thine soul to the Rasta devil. Amazing, fresh, sustainably caught, flavorful food made with lots and lots of love. Give him a hug. He's a cool cat.

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Sylvan Lake, Canada
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“Asha's”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

A quaint little restaurant on the ocean front. Excellent food with various options to choose from. They are building a new facility next door .. will be interesting if I will maintaining its funky ambience.

Visited February 2014
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Punta Gorda, Belize
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“Excellence in Seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2014

When it comes to Seafood and other delicious dishes Asha's is definitely one of the place to recommend. It has a beautiful view to the Bay of Honduras and soon he will have a total new build restaurant right on the seaside.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Bruno K
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