If observation of the rainforest has taught us anything, it’s to enjoy the contrasts: the heat and the cold, the constant renewal and the perfection of the hundred-year-old tree. With that daring and dynamic spirit, Chef George Belesis approached the creation of one of his masterpieces: the Monteverde Lodge menu.
This transformative spirit quickly distinguished us as the premier restaurant in this popular Costa Rican tourism region. Without pretentious dishes, but with masterly use of local ingredients and a reimagining of the country’s culinary traditions, Belesis created a repertory of marvels that speak to our innermost selves in the universal language of pleasure, exquisite flavor and a love of excellence.
Some of our signature dishes include a shrimp tostada appetizer – grilled jumbo shrimp on a crispy corn tortilla with cherry tomatoes and avocado mousse. A perfectly cooked beef tenderloin, in a unique sauce made of local blackberries and coffee, plus a creamy potato puree with truffles, asparagus and beetroot. A black risotto -shrimp broth, squid ink, served with grilled octopus, shrimps & calamari or a fresh fillet of mackerel , deconstructed Russian salad and beetroot textures. Finally an exquisite lava cake made of bitter chocolate, salted Rum-caramel, caramelized banana and vanilla ice cream.
The conversion of one of our gardens into a greenhouse provides an unequalled atmosphere for a unique gastronomic experience. At Monteverde Lodge, nature speaks to you from each dish.