AZUL is a first class restaurant located in the beautiful El Castillo hotel in Ojochal, Costa Rica. I have recently returned from a 5 day stay with my husband and 15 friends for my birthday. Please see our review of El Castillo as well.
As a group of 17 we would have been a challenge for most small restaurants but Scott, the General Manager and Dani the Executive Chef handled it with ease. Every evening Scott and Dani would review the breakfast and dinner menu with us and accommodate special requests such as vegetarians, non-fish eaters and the lactose intolerant. The food was always fresh and delicious and Pablo the Sous Chef was an absolute artist with the presentation.
A few of the folks from our party went on a fishing trip and caught 40lbs of Tuna which Dani prepared and served for us one of the evenings. It was fantastic…even one of our non-fish eaters tried it and declared it tasty.
The ambiance at AZUL is very upscale yet relaxing and many people come in the evening to have a drink and watch the sunset. Some evenings there is live music and we were fortunate enough to be there one evening to hear a couple named Blue Note perform. When they heard there was group there for my birthday they sang one of my favorite Nat King Cole songs while my husband and I danced on the patio around the pool. It remains one my favorite moments from the trip. Our group enjoyed Blue Note immensely and took the opportunity to dance to several of their songs. It was an absolute delight when they came back for the night of the actual birthday party and sang two more songs for us. They have a wonderful sound and a fun and inviting way about them that is irresistible. Thank you Blue Note!
The second surprise was when Scott’s friend Shelba heard it was my birthday and stopped by to sing Happy Birthday. We were all equally amazed when she started to sing and we discovered we were being personally serenaded by a truly beautiful classically trained voice. What a treat! Thank you Shelba!
The locals have already discovered what an amazing restaurant experience AZUL is in every way. I highly recommend that you put it on your itinerary if you find yourself in Ojochal Costa Rica.
Tell Scott and Dani that Susan sent you! And definitely ask for the Mussels.
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