Costa Rican Food is savory rather that spicy. This is not where you will find the hot food of Mexico because Costa Rican Food is different. The national dish is Gallo Pinto, a plate of black beans and rice with onions and cilantro. This meal is traditionally served for breakfast, with eggs, tortillas and natilla, a sort of sour cream. As you make your way across the country, you will soon discover the variety of fruits and vegetables available.
Plantains, plentifully served along the popular “casados.” A dish of rice, red or black beans, and a choice of meat, chicken or fish and green vegetables or salad. Try the many empanadas, pastries filled with spiced chicken or meat. Also gallos, which contains wheat or corn flour tortillas filled with meat, cheese or beans. Traditional tamales, served for Christmas, also available all year around. They consisted of cornmeal patties steamed in banana leaf and filled with meat and vegetables and seasoned a particular way. Do not forget to try the “ceviche,” a dish originally from Peru. Its has raw fish cooked in lemon juice with ginger, onion, and cilantro served with hot chili sauce.
The most interesting food is found on the Caribbean side. Much of the cuisine there is of Jamaican influence. You will love the jerked chicken and the delicious coconut rice and beans, and the famous Rondon, a spicy fish stew elaborated with the catch of the day! Fruits are particularly plentiful too on the Caribbean side, and you will find an endless choice of “batidos,” fresh fruits smoothies of your choice. The Caribbean food is reminiscent of the Caribbean essence, full of flavor and colorful.
Today in San Jose and major tourists spots, you will find an infinite choice of traditional and international cuisine. Including Italian, French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Indian restaurants are easily found everywhere throughout the country. Too sushi has proven hugely popular since it was introduced in the country, while Indian food is still a growing trend. Pizzas and pasta, tapas bar and traditional French cuisine, are of excellent quality. Top Chefs, seduced by the beauty of the country and by the growing demands of tourists and locals alike, settled here to stay and the choice has become extraordinary.
Costa Rica produces some of the best coffee in the world, yet Costa Ricans do not like their coffee strong. Cappuccinos or espressos are however also available throughout the country. Fruit juices come as “refrescos” and “jugos natural” and “batidos”; maracuya (passion fruit), pineapple, mango, banana, guava, starfruit, and watermelon are only just a few of the many fruits available here. Finally, the wine list has grown here in Costa Rica. Not only will you find an extraordinary choice of elegant Cabernet, Syrah, and Merlot from Chile and Argentina, but today wines from France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, California, and Australia are common in supermarkets and all excellent restaurants.
So much food, you will find only the best Costa Rican Cuisine