The lookout is one if those hard to find places nestled in the hills of Playas de Coco, Costa Rica. A bit of an adventure to find and if you ask the locals where it is, you'll get a response that resembles a pirates map. They'll tell you to go towards the main road and look for the concrete anchor. Then look for the dirt road and follow the signs all the way up.
After a long, unpaved windy road, you will arrive at the Chantel Hotel. The restaurant is located at the roof and overlooks probably the most gorgeous view of the city.
When my wife and I finally made it to the top, we were greeted by a young thin set Costa Rican who was very polite and sat us at our table. He even pulled out my wife's chair for her. Throughout the evening he took his time to explain every dish, and his manners were impeccable.
As we looked at the menu, the selection was smaller than most and in the familiar form of tapas. We realized that this was definitely comfort food with a Costa Rican twist. The prices are on the higher side, but believe me it was worth it.
We tried the oysters fresh picked with their special sauce. Small but delicious. We then had the bacon wrapped scallops where the grease of the pork was infused into the scallops themselves. Then onto our favorite dish, the octopus and chorizo skewer. The octopus cooked just right and the chorizo had a hard texture with the most amazing flavor i've ever had. Even after having a sip of beer, the flavor was still packed into it. We then moved onto the fish tacos. A very good flavor but it's hard I recreate the fish taco. The thing that made it stand out was the toppings they used. Chef William uses the typical red cabbage, cilantro, etc., but adds a unique and subtle twist with the cucumber. It complimented the flavor very well. Finally we tried the Lobster Grilled Cheese sandwich with chips. A very delicious comfort food that topped the meal off. Nice sized chunks of lobster submersed in cheese, trapped between two pieces of grilled bread.
Overall the jack Johnson soundtrack playing in the background, cool hip crowd, and spectacular views make this restaurant a must while in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica.
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