While in the city running errands yesterday we stopped for lunch at Centro Gastronómico Sabores. There really wasn't much thinking about it. We pulled into EPA (Costa Ricas closest thing to Lowe's or Home Depot) and saw the building off to the side. It was noon. We were hungry. It was there. A quick glance around and a look at their daily menu outside had us confused so we went in to check things out.
For lunch Sabores offers a plato del dia. It comes with an appetizer, salad, main course, pastry and a natural beverage for 4,900 colones. They also have a menu posted on the wall you can order from with panini, wraps, etc. There is also a wonderful pastry case. I imagine items change frequently. We saw mushroom quiches and what looked like savory stuffed croissants of some type along with an amazing array of pastries to satisfy any sweet tooth. You have a choice of indoor or outdoor dining.
There were a number of people sitting off to the side in a waiting area which added to our confusion. Under the counter there was a display of leaflets. Bill grabbed one and everything began to make sense. The Centro Gatronómico is a teaching kitchen! We've heard of these places but had never seen one. Nor did we ever expect to in Costa Rica.
During our meal we discovered why all the people gathered. There had been a youth cooking class that morning. They were waiting for their pizzas to finish baking before leaving. A lot of pizza boxes walked past our table. Must be a popular class!
As for our food, Bill had the daily special and I ordered a vegi-wrap. We both remarked at the flavors in our meals. Tasty! We'd eat there again. And who knows maybe, just maybe one day we'll take one of the cooking classes.
For more information see Sabores on Facebook.