Exotica Restaurant Review
In the tiny French-Canadian enclave of Ojochal, this intimate thatch-roofed restaurant, where 10 tables are encased in greenery, has been serving superb French-inspired fare with exotic flavors culled from France's colonial past, for more than a decade. You'll be warmly welcomed by Lucy, the restaurant's chic and charming owner. Subtitled Cuisine du Monde, the menu starts off with a tangy and refreshing avocado, pineapple, lime, and cilantro appetizer, or an intriguing Tahitian fish carpaccio with bananas. Don't miss out on a hearty serving of fish or shrimp in a banana-curry sauce, or a spicy Vietnamese chicken soup. French favorites include cognac liver pâté and a pricey but excellent duck breast with orange sauce. Presentation is artistic, with garnishes of flowers and sprigs of exotic greenery. Desserts are all housemade, luscious, and reasonably priced. Chocoholics won't want to miss the chocolate chiffon cake with chocolate sauce and an accompanying shot glass of cocoa liqueur.
- Address: Main road into Ojochal, off Costanera Highway, Ojochal, 60504
- Phone: /2786–5050
- Location: Ballena Marine National Park
- Reservations essential
- Closed Sun. and Sept.–Oct. No lunch.