Cafe Cultura is a new cafe/restaurant in Atenas that opened about a month ago right in the center of town. It is located next door to Don Tadeo’s Sports Bar and you could easily pass it over if you are not looking for it. We had actually walked by it a few times without even knowing the little gem inside. I had read about it from a few flyers posted around town and so we decided to try it out last night.
Upon entering there is a little sitting room in the front with urban artwork and pillows with bright colors and the names of big cities on them. Perfect for enjoying one of their many delicious specialty coffee drinks or smoothies. You then enter a dining room area with a few tables and an ordering area with a display case with delicious looking pies and treats inside. We continued on to the large outdoor seating area in the backyard which features a few patio style tables with umbrellas.
The service was prompt and we browsed over the menu that contained a wide selection of beverages and a more “American” style selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner choices. We selected a frozen blended chai tea which was topped with whipped cream and a mixed fruit smoothie that was served in a generous portion. For dinner we choose the hummus appetizer that was quite tangy and served with pita triangles, the special of the night tuna cakes with a potato salad, and the Cuban sandwich. All of the food was very delicious and the dishes and presentation of the food was very upscale looking.
The total for our meal was about 14,500 colones which is around $30 which included tip. The owner came out to meet us and mentioned they do a special brunch menu (with mimosas!) on Saturdays with live music from 10:00-2:00. We will definitely be back!
Here’s the important info: owners: Marcial Rodrigues and Osmin Gonzalez. Phone number 2455-0081. Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and the same for Saturday. Closed Sunday. They also do take-out and catering. Visa and Mastercard accepted
Check them out on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/osminmarcial
images courtesy of Cafe Cultura