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From Santa Teresita Church, 200 meters north and 150 meters east, San José, , Costa Rica | (506) 2221-0783

price range

$$ (Entrees $15 to $30)

cuisine

Vegetarian or vegan, Haute cuisine or molecular gastronomy, Seafood, Latin American

features

Romantic, Great design, Foodie magnet, Notable chef, Tasting menu
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Al Mercat, which means “to the market” in Catalan, opened recently in San José's gastromonic district, Barrio Escalante, to rave reviews. Chef José Pablo González—a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, in Paris—uses ingredients straight from the farm (or farmer’s market) to achieve his haute cuisine creations with Tico flourishes. Expect dishes like chayote carpaccio, mango ceviche, and grilled sirloin served with heart of palm and avocado. The menu rotates to adapt to seasonal changes and evening tasting menus include three entrées, a main course, and dessert.

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Al Mercat

Al Mercat, which means “to the market” in Catalan, opened recently in San José's gastromonic district, Barrio Escalante, to rave reviews. Chef José Pablo González—a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, in Paris—uses ingredients straight from the farm (or farmer’s market) to achieve his haute cuisine creations with Tico flourishes. Expect dishes like chayote carpaccio, mango ceviche, and grilled sirloin served with heart of palm and avocado. The menu rotates to adapt to seasonal changes and evening tasting menus include three entrées, a main course, and dessert.