Last week, I finally got to eat at “MariaJuana” a little Columbia restaurant in Liberia. I had heard a lot of good things about this quaint restaurant located close to downtown Liberia, but had never been.
The restaurant is fairly small and is located in one of the old Liberia houses. It has about eight to ten tables under a covered terrace and two tables outside in the court-yard.
On the menu, we have typical Colombian food like:
– “Arepas”, it is a type of bread made of cornmeal and very similar in size and shape to a thick pancake. Colombians like to garnish it with black beans spread, avocado, cheese, any type of meat etc. Basically anything goes on an arepa.
– “Patacones”, fried green plantains. The Colombian ones are prepared a little different from the Costa Rican ones. They smash the whole plantain and make it look like a crêpe, that they deep fry it in vegetable oil. As the arepa, it can be garnished with a variety of things. I had a patacon garnished with white cheese and “pico de gallo”. Delicious!
– “Empanadas” are also very popular in the Colombian cuisine. They differ a bit from other countries as the empanadas in Columbia almost always have a crunchy cornmeal exterior. They can be filled with a diversity of ingredients, but mainly meat. At MariaJuana they have the mini “empanadas de carne” filled with minced meat served with a choice of three “salsas” – chipotle, a green spicy one and pico de gallo.
The here above mentioned dishes are the main ones on MariaJuana’s menu, however you will also find meat, fish dishes, salads and soups. I actually had their “Sopa de Tomate”, a tomato based soup, similar to the “Sopa Azteca”. This soup however, is not as thick as the Mexican one and it includes minced chicken breast, melted cheese, fresh avocado and tortillas chips. I loved it! If you order it, just make sure that you are really hungry as the portion is huge.
For those of you that are visiting Liberia or Guanacaste, I strongly recommend this restaurant, especially if you want to try another Latin American cuisine. It is small, delicious and very welcoming.
On this note, Bon Appetit! Did anyone try this place?
Address: De la esquina sur/este de la escuela Ascención Esquivel 50 mts Sur, Liberia, Guanacaste