On Saturday, April 12, a new alternative space was inaugurated in Nicoya, offering sports, culture and food in the middle of the forest on the hillside of Cerro de la Cruz. Brothers Said and Fabrizio Leon, who used to visit the hill as children, had the vision for Casa Jungla. When they moved to Nicoya, they decided that the site would be the ideal place to build a project that now includes a restaurant, a mini soccer field, a lookout and a concert area.
The restaurant offers fast and healthy food, plates with little fat and fresh ingredients from small, local farmers. There are appetizers from 1,000 to 2,000 colones ($4-6): salchipapas (French fries with pieces of sausage), hummus or jungle nachos with beans and guacamole. They also have larger plates including hamburgers with homemade fries for 1,500 colones ($3) or the house specialty, quesadillas made with chicken, beef or the vegetarian option with mushrooms for 2,000 colones ($4). To drink there is a special on chiliguaros (Cacique mixed with hot sauce and lime juice) at two for 1,000 colones ($2), national or imported beer for 1,000 colones ($2) or fruit smoothies at 800 colones ($1.60).
The restaurant is very spacious and the brothers say that art will always be welcome. They will try to hold cultural activities weekly and if you play an instrument, don’t be shy about sharing your repertoire. “The new generations are thirsty for art and culture,” said Said Leon.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day and is located one kilometer east of the Chorotega Stadium towards Cerro de La Cruz. For more information, find them on Facebook under Casa Jungla Guanacaste.