Savor the Flavors of Paradise: Exploring the Culinary Delights of El Mangroove Hotel’s Restaurants
Picture yourself basking in the warm embrace of Costa Rica’s perfect natural beauty, with lush mangroves and pristine waters as your backdrop. Amidst this tropical paradise lies El Mangroove Hotel, a hidden gem that not only offers a luxurious retreat but also tantalizes your taste buds with its exceptional gastronomy. If you’re looking for an unforgettable culinary experience on your next trip to Costa Rica, this stunning resort, nestled in the heart of Guanacaste, is home to three incredible restaurants: Makoko, Matiss, and Malu. Each one offers a unique dining experience, from fresh seafood, reinvented Costa Rican cuisine to Mediterranean fusion. So, prepare to embark on a culinary journey that celebrates the vibrant flavors of the region and delights even the most discerning palates.
Makoko is El Mangroove’s flagship restaurant and for good reason. This elegant eatery boasts an impressive menu of fresh seafood and creative takes on traditional Costa Rican plates. With the breathtaking views of Playa Panama, the sophisticated al fresco design of Makoko invites you to relax, take in the surrounding natural beauty and open your curiosity and appetite. Start your experience with a fabulous coconut ceviche with a tropical mango twist, served with crispy yucca chips or appetizing wild oyster tartar.
The mouthwatering journey at Makoko continues with a main course delight. From the signature black hamburger to the catch of the day course, the agro-marine freshness comes through in the soul of its dish’s bright flavors. El Mangroove’s agro-marine style uses locally sourced, organic ingredients to prepare dishes that showcase the true essence of Costa Rican cuisine. The delicate balance of flavors on the menu comes from the creative mind of Chef Randy Siles, Culinary Director, and his team of talented chefs. Such creations include for dinner entrées a citrus-cured duck confit, a pork belly baked in low temperature served with saffron potatoes, or the bold flavors of a smoked lobster in a spicey grapefruit sauce. And for an exquisite touch to end the evening, an apple pie with a Costa Rican twist or a fresh strawberry gazpacho sorbet. The culinary experience of Makoko also includes a full-flavored vegetarian menu.
If you’re in the mood for something more laid-back, head to Matiss. This casual poolside feet-in-the-sand restaurant is the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch. The menu is a mix of international and local dishes, with the real star being its fresh seafood, like the whole fried catch of the day. The menu is filled with delicious seafood choices, from shrimp, grilled octopus, or tempura fish tacos to mouthwatering tuna pokes. Yet, if you want an authentic taste of Costa Rican cuisine, don’t miss the ocean trio, three plantain baskets filled with traditional Guanacaste ceviche: catch of the day, octopus, and squid. Of course, Matiss also offers all-time classics such as a spicy buffalo chicken burger or a BBQ chicken pizza. The table is set at for you to chill out, beer in hand, and indulge your taste buds.
The newest culinary gem at El Mangroove Hotel is Malu; this modern Mediterranean fusion restaurant combines the flavors of this renowned region into a unique and delicious dining experience. The relaxed yet sophisticated ambiance of Malu is the perfect setting for drinks and a shared charcuterie board to start the evening. The enticing menu welcomes you with options such as a delicate fish carpaccio or a tasty squid salad while you move on to the main course. The house ravioli stuffed with lobster and brie cheese is a standout, as are the prawns with creamy polenta. And with three different paellas to choose from, you will have plenty of exquisite options to delight your palate. Of course, no dining experience is complete without a fabulous dessert, and Malu has a delicious variety to choose from, for example, the crème brulee with wild blackberries, a classic dessert taken to another level! No matter which of El Mangroove’s restaurants you choose, you’re in for a treat. Each one offers a unique culinary experience that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning foodie. And with the stunning backdrop of serene mangrove forest, you can enjoy your meal with a side of breathtaking views. So, whether you’re staying at the resort or just looking for a memorable meal, make sure to put Makoko, Matiss, and Malu on your list of must-visit restaurants in Costa Rica.