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Shambala Restaurant

Shambala Restaurant

Destination: Santa Teresa

Shambala Restaurant proudly flaunts Costa Rican celebrity Chef, Randy Siles, whose menu of high quality local meats and fish align with the healthy lifestyles of the vacationers and locals who visit his energetic beach town restaurant. Chef Siles delivers imaginative meals molded from simplistic ingredients, each presented with an esteemed refinement he mastered while working with Michelin-starred Chef Richard Neat of Park Café in San Jose.

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Even breakfasts at Shambala are an art exposition, complete with gourmet garnishes. You can eat the local and international classics down on the beachfront in the more casual half of the restaurant. Be sure to visit more than once and taste a few:

  • Bagel, $6.50 smeared with cream cheese, topped with honey, red onion, avocado
  • Breakfast burrito, $7, filled with gallo pinto (mixed rice and beans), scrambled eggs, served with pico de gallo, avocado, sour cream
  • Gallo pinto, $8, with tortillas, fried eggs and a ramekin of sour cream

The creative midday meals can go on any number of directions, and you can have them vegetarian, or hearty with quality local meats:

  • Veggie pad Thai, $13, zucchini, carrots, cucumber, red cabbage, and an option to add local fresh fish, tossed in orange, peanut butter, ginger dressing
  • Beef burger, $11, topped with bacon, melted cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado on multigrain toasted bun, served with a side of spicy Cajun fries

Dinner entrees are where it gets really fancy. Chef Siles earnestly prides his plating, and you're in for a treat with just about any of his autograph creations:

  • Gyozas, $8, shrimp, pork, plated with sliced avocado and soy sauce, garnished with ginger
  • Fish Carpaccio, $8, lemon cappuccino and olive tapenade, plated with orange caviar, capers, red bell peppers, served steaming with a rosemary garnish under a drinking glass
  • Tuna Tataki, $19, seared tuna over babaganoush (eggplant purée) and tempura shrimp with soy, ginger, mint, lemongrass, honey, oyster sauce
  • Tuna tartare, $10, fresh tuna, avocado, and South Indian mango chutney, served over a bed of apple sauce
  • Indian samosas, $7.50 homemade baked golden pastry filled with garam masala and Indian ghost chili pepper-spiced potatoes and peas, served with tamarind chutney
  • Beef Tenderloin, $22, served with asparagus, topped with frizzled onions, baked basil leaves
  • Corvina reina (local fish), $22, with curry banana sauce, served over a purée of mashed potatoes, topped with those frizzled white onions

Desserts are just as decadent as Shambala's main menu, $6, divine dark chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream and a dollop of passion fruit syrup, luscious carrot cake or chocolate mousse.

Ambiance

The kids jumping in the Hotel Tropico Latino's pool next to the restaurant don't quite match its white linens, glassware and extra-formal attentiveness.

Service

Some of the classiest you'll find in Santa Teresa: shirts tucked into slacks, careful water pouring, daily special recitations based off memory, and consistent check-ins to ensure you're satisfied.

Price

Appetizers $6-$10; Entrees $13-$29; Desserts $6

Hours

Breakfast 7 a.m.-11 a.m
Lunch noon-3 p.m.
Dinner 6 p.m.-10 p.m

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