Tuesday, 21 December 2010
During our time in Alajuela we stayed in a small, quiet hostel ran by a local man who was really friendly and helpful. It was fun speaking Spanish with him and he was a good source of local knowledge. He recommended La Mansarda to us as a decent local place to eat, with good prices.
On arrival we were given a complimentary cocktail (we showed the card from the hostel) and we ordered two casados. This was a brilliant recommendation as it was a fantastic casado. I particularly liked the addition of the jacket potato – a first for us on a casado, but really tasty and reminded us of home! I had pork and despite it always tasting fabulous I was still amazed at how well cooked and tender the meat was.
Again, this place was popular with the locals and had really friendly staff and a nice feel. You probably wouldn’t really notice it walking past so people go there deliberately – another good sign I think!