Yellow, green and red colors for the wall and stairs , Bob Marley’s posters everywhere and non-stop playing of reggae music that’s how I can describe Pura Vida. Another must-go-to bar added in our list!
Pura Vida is an expression in Costa Rica which means “Pure Life”, this bar depicts a laid-back beach life lounge because of rope swings and boat-shaped shelf. A real deal where you can purely enjoy Costa Rican dishes at its best.
Costa Rican food was something new for me, simple yet full of flavors. Patacones (P230.00) is a common snacks in Costa Rica, deep fried green plantains served with beans, sliced tomatoes or guacamole. It reminds me of our “maruya” with lesser batter and crispier version.
Forget get about cholesterol with the Chicharrones Con Yuca (P220.00) this crunchy pork chicharon will test your self-control haha paired with fried cassava on the side, a lemon and coleslaw salad.
At first bite, I thought it was potato but I am completely wrong! It was a fried cassava balls Enyucados(P230.00) filled with cheese and ground beef .
Rice N Beans con Pollo Caribeño (P350.00), spiced chicken, rice with beans, salad and patacones definitely a complete meal. I love the chicken it’s so flavorful inside and out. The rice is also unique I find it creamy and delicious, I can even eat it without the meat.
Another rice meal platter is the Casados (P350.00) composed of rice, beans, plantains, picadillo, salad, white cheese and choose your meat preference. We had our plate with onion beefsteak so good and the beef just falls apart.
We had Pura Vida’s Alcoholic Signature drinks with Locally blended fruit juice. No Army, Healthy Rasta and Tico de Mary. I’m not used to spicy tasting drinks that’s why I’m hesitant to take a sip but I must say that a little spice can be quite nice (sometimes).
Pura Vida’s Ceviche (P250.00) is flawless. My favorite among the dishes that we tried, the raw fish taste fresh and appetizing. Instead of vinegar that we usually use for our kinilaw they replaced it with lime juice for a more tangy taste.
They called this cutesy bowl Chifrijo (P250.00), a combination of rice, beans, meat, avocado, tomato salad,with fried pork meat and skin. For a more exciting way of consuming it combine all the ingredients and use the chips to scoop it.
So the next time you’re game for a Costa Rican experience you already know where to go!hihi!
Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati City
6:00 PM – 2:30 AM (Monday to Saturday)