We were introduced to Eduardo, the owner, by a mutual friend who recommended this small, quirky little restaurant (it only fits about 12-14 people at a time). We have visited the Toko Baru three times in the short time we have been in Antigua, first as a couple and then with friends and enjoyed the experience each time. It got better even the second and third times. The food is very inexpensive, fast, fresh, extremely tasty and large (1/2 servings at 1/2 the price), the accompanying sauces delightful and the beers and wine the most inexpensive we have found in Antigua and Eduardo provides a large selection and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
But perhaps the most endearing thing about Toko Baru is the atmosphere. When Eduardo is present he will most probably grace you with his welcome, his company, stories and tales about Guatemala and life. If he is not there there are always the other guests, to whom you start a conversation by saying 'Hello’. A great source of information about the area is also available from posters on the wall.
We agree with others reviewers who indicate that this is not a typical tourist restaurant experience. Small, bench tables to share with others, minimal decor but it is certainly an experience that should be sought during a Guatemalan stay. Weekly lunch specials such as the Saturday Fish Curry are splendid.
We have recommended Toko Baru to many people we have met, will continue to do so and will revisit many times in the time we stay in Antigua.
Give it a try.
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