Possibly the oldest Chinese restaurant in Nicoya with more than 50 years in business, Restaurante Presidente well-represents the blending of the Chinese into the Tico community.
About 10 years ago, Carlos Guo and Yency Xu, both from the province of Canton in China, took over the restaurant, and now they are temporarily moving to a new location across from Servicentro San Martin while they remodel the building across from Libreria Ayales. Yency said she expects the remodel to take half a year.
In the meantime they will continue offering their normal menu at the new location, which includes the popular Tico-Chinese dishes of Cantonese rice and chop suey, but the menu also offers some authentically Chinese dishes, including sweet and sour pork or loin with vegetables in a special sauce lomo con verdure en salsa especial for 4600 colones ($9.20), fried wan tans or tacos chinos for 2900 colones ($5.80) or wan tan or spicy sour soup, with price varying between 2600 and 3600 colones ($5.20 and 7.20) depending on size.
Yency also recommends the Chinese picadillo with cashews for 4300 colones ($8.60).
Restaurante Presidente is open from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.