There are bad nights that leave you with a wounded heart or a severe headache. However, in Nosara there is a “Bad Night” (Mala Noche) that will whet your appetite and prescribe a good Guanacaste-style menu.
That is the mission of Catalina Castro, owner of the restaurant Mala Noche—located behind Banco de Costa Rica in Nosara— who wanted to rescue the flavor of Guanacaste in a community where foreign flavors abound.
Among the specialties, the place offers achiote chicken with potatoes and rice or baby back beef ribs, stewed with vegetables and tomato. Both dishes are priced at ¢4,300 (about $8.10).
Mala Noche also offers daily specials. For example, on Mondays, the specialty is white beans with pig’s feet, on Fridays it is tripe soup and on Sundays a good olla de carne (a traditional soup with meat and vegetables), all at a cost of ¢3,600 (about $6.80).
If appetizers are your thing, the restaurant offers traditional chifrijo, which consists of tender beans, pork rinds and pico de gallo for ¢3,200 (about $6), which can be accompanied by craft beers like La Cegua and Libertas (¢1,900 or about $3.60).
If you have a sweet tooth, the menu also offers traditional desserts like arroz con leche (rice pudding) or gelatin with ice cream for ¢2,600 (about $4.90).
Open every day, Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The dishes are of good quality and the prices are very good, taking into account the size of the dishes.
There aren’t enough waiters so service is not very fast, although they do treat you very well.