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“DELICIOUS!!”

Essence Demo Cuisine
Ranked #11 of 14 Restaurants in El Castillo
Price range: US$0 - US$8
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Description: Essence Demo Cuisine is a meat free restaurant that gets everyone involved with the food. We show our international guest about local products and present them in a non-traditional way. Our chef Isaac Welivér ("Le Cordon Bleu" of Chicago) prepares 3 gourmet vegetarian dishes not only in your presence but with your participation. Unique location overlooking the Arenal volcano on its lava flowing side.
Reviewed 30 May 2013

We traveled in a group of 6 and rented a home in El Castillo for 3 days. Essence was a 10 minute walk away. This is a vegetarian restaurant with the dinner menu different every night. They use vegetables from their own farm. We came for lunch and had delicious pasta, sandwiches, salads and crepes. The food was so good, we had to come back for dinner. That night, we were served Peruvian food. Everything here is perfect: you can see the chef cooking, the staff is so friendly (as is everyone else in El Castillo), the portions/price are perfect. I highly recommend making it in as you will not be dissapointed!

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Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by our B&B host and we're glad she did. The chef regularly cooks for only about 20 people per night in this very small restaurant and there were only about a dozen the night we went. There was a Japanese theme that night and we learned how to make vegetarian sushi, with all ingredients prepared in advance. This was served with a great miso soup and a sweet dessert. We also had wine and enjoyed the family-style seating. Call in advance to make sure there is enough room and enough food to accommodate you. This was a unique experience during our trip to Costa Rica.

Thank KathyandMarty
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

So much fun helping prepare and cook your vegetarian delight and then enjoying the scrumptious results with a glass of wine .Awesome!

Thank Robin J
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

Had a great time participating, in a small way preparing great vegetarian meals. Highly recommend it.

Thank marivietnam
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Reviewed 5 May 2012

We tried to stay at the Essence in late March, 2012 but they were booked for the night. Partly because they were thoughtful enough to call down the hill to Casitas Los Tucanes (see my review--that was a great place to stay) we made reservations for dinner at the Essence and walked back up the hill that evening. We're glad we did. It was a wonderful meal and a fun atmosphere. If we're ever in El Castillo again we'll absolutely do dinner at the Essence.

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Thank Richard W
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