If you only have one meal in Guatemala City, head to Jake Denburg's place. A New Jersey–bred painter-turned-restaurateur, Jake uses his creative talents on food, producing dishes ranging from osso buco to crab cakes with avocado-and-wasabi cream sauce. A longtime favorite is the vaquero chino (Chinese cowboy), a tenderloin steak served with a sweet soy, espresso, and star anise sauce. For dessert, the pudín de chocolate and cheesecake with crème brûlée are
divine. The restaurant is in a beautiful converted farmhouse with hardwood ceilings, tile floors, an outdoor patio, and a sophisticated lounge. The wine list is quite possibly the best in Central America.
Oct 9, 2004
I have dined at Jake's for years when my business has taken me to Central America. Jake has not only maintained the quality but has improved over the past 15 years. With the recent tastefull remodelation, he has placed himself generations ahead of the pack. Try the Vaquero Chino steak.
Jul 23, 2003
Had a super meal and ended up sharing every plate, and ordering a few more. Had several bottles of wine including a nice Napa Muscat with desert, and all with amazing service. I haven't seen waiters this well trained anywhere in Central America. The waiter decanted a few of the bottles of wine following text-book procedures (candle and all). Ask for Jake.