The Mirador Quetzal, as our restaurant is known, boasts a delectable menu that strives to fuse international culinary trends with local cuisine. To ensure that our visitors enjoy only the very best Costa Rican fare we regularly update our menu. Visitors to Poas Lodge may choose to have their meals in the restaurant or to dine elsewhere.
If this is your first time considering Poas accommodation, it is probably a good idea to give you a little introduction to what constitutes Costa Rican cuisine. First off, no discussion about Costa Rican food would be complete without mentioning Gallo Pinto. A combination of black beans and rice, this dish is frequently referred to as comida tipica (which translates to ‘typical food’) and forms the backbone of most meals. A typical breakfast, for instance, will include Gallo Pinto, scrambled or fried eggs, a side of cooked plantains (a fruit that resembles the banana but cannot be eaten raw, which has a delicious sweet flavour when fried or baked), a tortilla, orange juice and some coffee from a Costa Rica coffee plantation
Towards midday, meals become a lot more interesting. The typical Costa Rican midday meal is called Casado, which translates to ‘married’ and denotes a balanced meal that strives to combine all the vital food groups to provide filling and nutritious sustenance. This meal normally includes more Gallo Pinto, a serving of protein such as meat, fish or pork, some cheese and a helping of cabbage, carrot and tomato salad.
The evening meal is usually small and light, as the locals [affectionately known as Ticos] normally follows the tradition of making lunch their main meal of the day.
The following list will provide you with a good reference of further typical Costa Rican dishes and foodstuffs:
Soups and stews:
The fruits most commonly available at Costa Rican markets include papayas, mangoes, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, blackberries, lemons, guavas, passion fruit and avocado.
Meat and fish: