We were lucky enough to enjoy 2 dinners at Moana Lodge's Papaya Lounge and it is crazy that you are in a tiny town in one small part of Costa Rica. The first night, Aidan, the owner, Maitre 'D (I guess literally because he in fact is the master of the hotel) and bartender, recommended VistAlba Corte C, a lively red wine which we'd not had before and loved. We shared two fantastic appetizers, an octopus salad that was "to die for" and an Ahi stack with mango and avocado. Perfect. Anyone who has ever enjoyed the ahi stack at The Beach House in SoCal would find this every bit as delectable. We also shared seafood (local clams, calamari, fish, shrimp, and also mussels) in a wonderful broth. We have eaten all over the world and highly recommend this food. Aidan also makes a superb mojito (to compare, I just "choked one down" at the Intercontinental San Jose). I'm a cocktail connoisseur and artisan myself with quite a mojito following of my own and I hate to admit Aidan's is better - must be Los limones! Add to all of that how incredibly nice both Aidan and his "right hand man" in the restaurant are and you'd already be batting 1000. But this restaurant, up 90 steps (just think of it as justification for dessert!) sits above the jungle treetops right at the coast, with a perfect ocean view (I could check the surf at Playa Carmen). The howler monkeys, some kind of lemur thing, butterflies and the like grace your meal (not at your table!) we never planned to eat there 2 nights so we could experiment with other restaurants, but it was calling us back a second night and we were lucky enough to chat with Aidan, his wife and co-owner Vicky (equally friendly) and enjoy a great chef's special seafood stew and a salad with goat cheese fried in what appeared to be fine small potato latkes - all wonderful. This time Aidan made us Caprihanas, which were so good we each had 2. So you too will have to go 2x to have both mojitoes and Caprihanas!
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