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El Tigre Vestido & Bar Búhoare located in the hills of Santa Barbara de Heredia, where amazing views of the Central Valley can be admired from the expansive decks surrounded by beautiful gardens and coffee plantations. Each morning we prepare exquisite breakfasts, replete with freshly brewed organic coffee grown in our farm, and succulent fresh fruit and vegetables from the restaurant’s own organic gardens and orchards. We raise our own free-range chickens to provide you with fresh eggs daily.

Enjoy our Latin Fusion cuisine for all of your meals, cooked with fresh ingredients that bring alive traditional Costa Rican and Central American dishes. The elegant dinners are set around the inviting fireplace or on our open air terrace with twinkling lights that illuminate the Central Valley below.

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The team at El Tigre Vestido & Bar Búho is led by Chef Gustavo Alvarado, a Costa Rican who is passionate about the culinary arts and will happily accommodate any guests who have restrictions in their diet. Every day Gustavo goes to Finca Rosa Blanca´s organic greenhouse and gardens to select the freshest ingredients that provide the superb flavor to every dish he creates. Chef Gustavo is an artist in the kitchen and his knowledge of international cuisines and New World Fusion recipes will take full advantage of our extensive organic gardens, orchards, and coffee plantation. 

 

 

Why the name?

A very uncommon name for a restaurant, El Tigre Vestido (The Fancy Dress Tiger) is a painting, created by the Costa Rican artist Oscar Salazar, who celebrates the jaguar, a magnificent animal that lives in our Costa Rican rainforests. Additionally Oscar created the image of the owl that gives life to our Bar Búho (The Owl Bar), in honor of the owl that sings a mystical song every night and lives in the giant ficus trees near the restaurant.

At El Tigre Vestido, we have an authentic passion for art and the environment which is why we maintain our sustainable programs that help preserve Costa Rican culture and the country’s natural resources and beauty. Hotel Finca Rosa Blanca is a permanent art exhibition, every corner is decorated with paintings as well as arts and crafts representing the culture and landscapes of this country all created by talented Costa Rican and international artisans and artists.

We would like to share with you our commitment to the environment, our community and to you, our guests. At Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn we are proud of our 5 green leaves awarded by the Certification of Sustainable Tourism of Costa Rica (CST)

 

  • We would like you to know that a percentage of our profits from the restaurant and bar go to support environmental projects in our community schools and to buy the food to provide over 75 daily hot meals at the Barrio Jesus Children’s Food Bank.
  • We grow most of our own vegetables, fruit and herbs in our green house and gardens and our eggs are organic and freshly laid by our 20 chickens. Our coffee is organic and grown, processed and roasted on site.
  • Our food is fresh from the market and almost exclusively bought from small organic and local independent farmers or local merchants.
  • We buy organic or biodynamic food whenever possible and every item is home made in our kitchen or in the community
  • We use seasonal fruit and vegetables and all of our ingredients are either bought locally or are native to Costa Rica.
  • We recycle all organic waste into compost, and recycle or reuse bottles, cans, paper and glass.
  • We only use biodegradable cleaning products and we monitor our energy use and constantly try to reduce it.
  • Our culinary emphasis is on Legacy Dining- celebrating Costa Rican and Central American Cuisine; recipes which have been lost or disregarded or only encountered in a typical family kitchen as well as new fusion recipes using seasonal and national ingredients.

 

"This small hideaway decorated with local art and enormous fig trees serves up local produce--as in from 50 feet from the kitchens--cooked up with a pan-Latino flavor. One night salad came with chayote, leeks, mixed greens, and a passion fruit vinaigrette, followed by grilled shrimp marinated in ginger and garlic and served with caramelized pineapple and patacones, or green plantain fritters. Cold mango and coconut milk soup was a delicious and refreshing way to end the meal--that and a delicious cup of rich Costa Rican coffee."

- Epicurious Blog

 

COSTA RICAN COCINA, COFFEE, AND CAPUCHINS
Epicurious
Tanya Steel
February 29, 2012

"This small hideaway decorated with local art and enormous fig trees serves up local produce--as in from 50 feet from the kitchens--cooked up with a pan-Latino flavor. One night salad came with chayote, leeks, mixed greens, and a passion fruit vinaigrette, followed by grilled shrimp marinated in ginger and garlic and served with caramelized pineapple and patacones, or green plantain fritters. Cold mango and coconut milk soup was a delicious and refreshing way to end the meal--that and a delicious cup of rich Costa Rican coffee."
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“...Entrees like grilled chicken in a tamarind coffee sauce make use of the plantation's bounty”

- Wall Street Journal Adventures in Eco-Eating By Kathleen Squires Washington, DC

 

 

"...it is the home-style feasts prepared here nightly that steal the show. They are every bit as spectacular as the setting. The ingredients are fresh and organic, grown either on the property or by a local co-op."

- Gourmet Magazine

 

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