W Hotel Restaurants: Meet Your Friends at Cocina de MercadoJust walking into the W Costa Rica –  Reserva Conchal is a feast for the senses. First, you hear the curated music playing in the background. The ocean breeze teases your skin while the haute decor and dazzling Pacific vistas draw your eye. A deep breath consumes the aroma of salty air. But then you detect another scent … savory smells coming from an open kitchen. The best thing to do when you discover something as amazing as this? Share it with a friend.

The concept at Cocina de Mercado is simple: provide market-fresh, delicious local and international foods in a casual but upscale environment with spectacular staff. It’s an indoor/outdoor restaurant at the W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A large, open kitchen lets you watch your food being prepared.

Do not even think
about skipping dessert.


Come together or meet up

It’s the perfect place to bring a companion or meet up with your squad. First decide whether you’ll be enjoying the sunshine outside, or if you’d like to cool off inside with some air conditioning. The views from Cocina de Mercado are outstanding either way — the walls are glass, giving indoor diners the same gorgeous panoramas as those lounging in the fresh air.

For breakfast after morning yoga? First, coffee. Enjoy a latte, then grab some fresh juice at the juice bar. Meander over to the griddle station for pancakes your way. Warning: if you choose the buffet you won’t be able to eat again until dinner.

For a lunch meeting to talk over proposals, expect fresh, local flavors. Share some ceviche, then opt for a wood-fired pizza, salad, or flavorful chicken breast.

For date night, start with a drink, something with passion fruit perhaps. The grilled octopus is the perfect appetizer, followed by the lamb shank or more seafood. Do not even think about skipping dessert; the pastry chef is world-class. Consult the menu, since it changes, but each selection is beyond compare (my mouth waters thinking of the delicacies I’ve tried).


League of its own

There are many things that set Cocina de Mercado apart. The chefs are recruited from all over the world for their ambitious and exquisite cooking. The atmosphere is second to none with ocean views and comfortable elegance. And don’t be surprised if your waiter remembers you on your return visit, and offers you your favorite from the last time you were there. The staff is outstanding and always exceeds expectations, for you and all your amigos.

Cocina de Mercado often has special events like brunches and cooking classes.


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