I have lived in Granada since March and I don't know what I would possibly do with myself if el Garaje ever shut its doors. I already often feel a sense of loss and confusion (where in the world do I go eat now?) when the restaurant is closed on weekends. El garaje is, in brief, healthy, clean, delicious, and affordable. It's the only place you can go in Granada to get a truly delicious soup. They have an excellent core menu of sandwiches, soup, burritos/quesadillas, salads, and a dessert, as well as a specials menu that changes once per week. I eat here about 4 times per week (and I'm not the only local who does so) and I've never been sick off nor have I ever gotten tired of the food. In fact, I am consistently blown away. They manage to obtain lots of ingredients I didn't know were possible to obtain in Nicaragua.
Some examples of dishes that have been my favorites over the past few months:
- Sweet potato vietnamese curry
- Goan curry made with fresh fish
- Goat cheese and squash torta with spicy hummus (I think I had that one 4 times in a row)
- Fresh arugula, sundried tomato and bechamel fetuccini
- Couscous and organic vegetable salad
- All of the soups I've had: lentil, split pea, beef barley, and ministrone
- and of course the pulled pork sandwich
How to find it:
If you've never been there, it's a bit hard to find. Their sign is rather small and the restaurant is a bit off the beaten path. The restaurant is located at roughly Calle Coralles and Calle Martirio, 20 meters to the East (towards the lake) on the right hand side. It is just down the street towards the lake from Pure Gym and Spa, on the opposite side of Pure.
The hours are 11:30 am - 6:30 pm weekdays only. Prices range from 50 - 150 cord max for the food and tax is included. Drink prices are extremely reasonable (less than a dollar). Great ice tea. If you have a big group I would recommend making a reservation during peak hours as the place is small.
There are only two other restaurants in Granada I would consider to have world class cuisine, but as far as the others are concerned there are only so many times you can eat heavy italian or steak per week, so thank the heavens for el Garaje. Thank you so much el Garaje for being so wonderful. I hope you never close.
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