While Chinese food has opened the road to oriental flavors within the Costa Rican palate, Thai food is something different and Dos Pochotes restaurant is an excellent option to start sampling Thai recipes.
The chef, Josep “Pepe” Blanes, a native of Barcelona, was introduced to the classic Asian flavors by the owner of the locale, who is Vietnamese. But Blanes wanted to take it further and developed plates like the delicate lemongrass shrimp served on a base of rice noodles with mint and shrimp marinated in lemongrass to give it freshness and chopped peanuts for texture for 6800 colones ($13.60).
Another recommended dish is Schezuan beef, thin strips of tender caramelized beef with sesame and Schezuan chili, accompanied by white rice and salad for 7400 colones ($14.80). The classic Pad Thai and crunchy spring rolls are also on the menu.
Dos Pochotes offers a family environment with tasteful minimalist decoration next to Gilded Iguana in Playa Guiones. It is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the month of June, but its hours could be extended during July and August to include lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations for large groups can be made at 2682-0217.