Tico gourmet food

Tico cooking doesn't only consist of rice and beans, fried fish and plantains. Our menu is based on modern Costa Rican gastronomy as well as typical recipes handed over from generation to generation. We use organically grown vegetable and fruits from our own garden and natural products such as fish freshly caught in the Golfo Dulce. In many recipes, we use typical products that our guests have probably rarely or never tasted before.

Meals are individually prepared and served at the table. We do our best to avoid the use of canned, dried or concentrated food, and we use only fruits, vegetables and oil of very good quality. Our juices are freshly pressed from local fruits. The main ingredient, however, is the love with which the women from La Gamba prepare the dishes every day.



  • Cold red beet soup with ginger
  • Cold cucumber soup
  • Gazpacho
  • Garbanzo soup
  • Spinach cream soup
  • Black bean soup with boiled egg
  • Tomato soup with avocado slices and tortilla strips
  • Olla de carne (Beef soup with cassava, plantains, squash and carrots)
  • Ceviche (fish salad marinated in lime juice)
  • Papaya-Avocado Salad with roasted peanuts and honey-mustard dressing

Main Courses

  • Beef with mango sauce, squash (chayote) and baked potato
  • Fish filet with coconut milk-ginger-lemon grass sauce, rice with carrots
  • Chicken fajitas, refried black beans, taro (malanga) chips
  • Pork roast with tamarind sauce, steamed vegetables, string bean omelette
  • Fish filet steamed in banana leaf with heart of palm, fried plantain
  • Tropical salad with grilled Turrialba cheese and passion fruit dressing
  • Glazed chicken, mashed potato, heart of palm picadillo
  • Cassava-Chicken Soufflé with braised bell peppers
  • Potato and beef picadillo, tortilla with string beans
  • Fried fish filet with sweet-potato soufflé and avocado salad
  • Roast chicken with eggplant and avocado-cucumber salad


  • Plantain with honey and coconut flakes
  • Chocolate roll
  • Cream cheese flan with brown sugar
  • Passion fruit mousse
  • Corn pancakes (choreadas) with sour cream
  • Arroz con leche (rice pudding with cinnamon)
  • Chocolate mousse (made from our own cacao beans)
  • Coconut ice cream
  • Coconut balls
  • Banana cake