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Great New Restaurant Open in Playas Del Coco

Great New Restaurant Open in Playas Del Coco

Just this past week one of my friends told me about a new restaurant that was opening in Playas Del Coco, so he informed me it is in the development of Las Palmas, just past the anchor as you enter the development. So Pam and I being retired Chefs, but far from retirement, decided to check it out.

First let me tell you exactly where it is as my friend was not real sure. When heading into Coco Go towards the beach and make the first right hand turn just past the main hub, ( for those that know turn right at the Lizard Lounge) Follow to paved road till you get to the development of Las Palmas and turn left, this is where you will see the big anchor. As you make the turn the road kind of forms a Y just after the speed bump and stay to the right, the restaurant is 15 yards on your left side.

Ok now the name of the restaurant is La Farola, “The Lamp Post”. The Style of cuisine if country Spanish as the owners are from Spain and mama is the chef. The sons run the front of the house and I have no Idea what papa is doing, I think he just drinks the great Spanish wines they have on the menu, but I did not see him.

The food is very traditional old style family Spanish recipes handed down from great grand ma to grandmother to mother. We started with an appetizer of medium sliced potatoes, stuffed with traditional dry cured ham, dipped in an egg batter, then pan fried and then braised in a season broth in the oven. The presentation was just like home, nothing real fancy, BUT THE FLAVOR; Oh my God was it out of this world. They served a really good baguette that made a great sponge to soak up all the braising liquid.

Then for an entree I ordered the pan seared sea bass with crispy fried garlic slivers served on a paprika infused virgin olive oil with fresh peas and steamed potatoes. Now I know this does not sound all that interesting but the flavors worked so well together it was incredible. The Fish was crispy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside and melted in my mouth.  Pam ordered the braised meat balls in salsa verde or green sauce, The meat balls were very soft and not chewy at all, we were a bit taken back that the sauce was actually a bit brown, but loaded with fresh chopped parsley, no matter how it looked the flavors were fantastic.

I opted to pass on dessert but not Pam, as her motto is “life is to short eat desert first”, she ordered a stuffed chocolate tart with fresh strawberries, caramel and sweetened frozen cream with shaved chocolate specks. Needless to say once it arrives I asked for a extra fork just to have a taste, Glad I did!!  

It is about time that some new restaurants with different styles of cuisine are opening up in the area. La Farola is must hit restaurant. I will tell you though it is not cheap so don’t be looking for a $ 4.00 dollar entrée here. The décor is beautiful; the service was great and the food deliciously fantastic. Check it out next time you are in town.

I also saw a New Mexican restaurant opened on the road to Ocotal call Zapatas, just 100 meters from the main section of Playas Del Coco to Ocotal. I will report on that once I experience it. I just hope they have good quality Tequila to go along with spicy food!!

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:42 AM by Joseph A. Emanuelli


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