New owner / new menu at El Sueno Tropcial
We’ve always loved the ambiance at El Sueno Tropical. The open air restaurant, tucked under a traditional Bri-Bri roof is quintessential Costa Rica. Now that Vinnie and Zaida are off to a new project, we’re excited to see the restaurant re-opened and renamed Salsas.
The new owner, Jose, brings from his Cuban heritage-Miami upbringing and his world travels a slight Spanish flavor to the menu with a nice selection of Tapas (or starters). We shared torta espanola, ceviche, frittata de zucchini, and eggplant with mozzarella. All ranged in the $3-4 and were delicious. The marinara on the eggplant was a special treat. An eclectic mix of entrees followed, all beautifully plated and in the $8 range. The beef teriyaki was cooked to order and the sauce had an authentic taste. (What is that spice that isn’t in my recipe?) We’ll have to encourage Jose to add a chicken teriyaki choice for non beef eaters. My cousin found the Tropical Chicken very good but not enough of the raspberry reduction was presented to add much to the flavor. So she treated herself to Chocolate Crusted Key Lime Pudding. Fabulous! I’m not a big dessert fan but I could do that again.
Welcome Jose and Salsas. Thanks for bringing a new flavor to Samara-Carrillo. Although I forgot to ask Jose, I imagine the hours haven’t changed. Because of the hotel, Salsas is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. About 8 kilometers southeast of downtown Samara or 2k. from Puerto Carrillo.