Pura Vida Manila
Don Pedro St. cor. Jacobo St., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila
- 2 Reviews
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- Latin American
- Business Hours
- Reopens: 6:00p - 2:30a
- 4:30p - 10:00p
- 6:00p - 2:30a
- 6:00p - 2:30a
- 6:00p - 2:30a
- 6:00p - 2:30a
- 6:00p - 2:30a
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Welcome to Poblacion, a rich culinary delight filled with a stretch of cuisines from all over the world. It is also a party place flocked by foreigners and now a go to destination for locals as well. Here you got a long list of entrepreneurs showcasing their own country’s specialties like Renato Robles, a full-blooded Costa Rican.
Pura Vida is life and means life in itself. This vibrant place transports you to South America with its authentic dishes and ambiance. They say it looks like a typical Costa Rican beach house near the shore, the look is colorful, relaxing yet festive. Bob Marley’s huge mural greets you and the songs are pretty much reggae all day, all night.
They serve patacones, fajitas, ceviche, chicharrones, cocktails and everything else in their hometown. Thanks to this exclusive invite, I got to try almost everything they serve on their menu.
For appetizers, I loved Enyucados, cassava balls filled with gooey cheese. It’s a plain starter yet satisfying. We also got to try its ground beef variety. Another starter, Patacones was a hit to everyone. This is fried plantains seasoned with salt and olive oil, served with hefty portions of refried beans and chunky guacamole. We also had refreshing Ceviche de Tiqyuiza, a citrus raw fish in lime, onions, cilantro, ginger ale and other spices. This dish is quite similar to our Kilawin.
For the mains, we got served all their combinations. All plates had side salad filled with color and nutrients. My favorite amongst them was easily their Arroz Con Pollo. It’s an order with spiced rich roasted chicken and fried rice mixed with beans. This staple dish made me wanna go Costa Rica! I also raved on their Beef Stew, it was a complex bite of flavors, tender, and filling.
The cocktails here were plentiful and they have classic and their own concoctions going. I suggest going for the Miguelito, a synergy of sugar and spike. It has Vodka, coconut milk and evaporated milk rolled into a glass of ice!
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Latin American food is dear to my heart. I just love how colorful their culture is and how they translate this into their food! I also love the laid back and relaxed setting, especially those counties that are along the Caribbean. Good thing I discovered a Latin American gem in Poblacion - Pura Vida!
From the outside, it looked like a chill beach house. As soon as you open the door, you'll be greeted by colorful steps and side walls full of posters that are so colorful you'll get mesmerized! Go up the stairs and get ready to be amazed with how they made this place so cozy and chill, relaxed and so laid back! Loved the colorful walls and table tops, the swings by the bar counter and the simple materials like ropes that were used as decorations. It was like an old house by the beach that was turned into a reggae bar! So easy to love!
Pura Vida means "Pure Life". They offer unique cocktails, Costa Rican food and bar chows. Renato Robles, one of the owners, explained each dish to us. He told us that the dishes they serve are typical Costa Rican dishes found all over the country. But what made their food special were the recipes used. These were the recipes of Renato's mom, flavors that he grew up with.
From the APPETIZERS part of their menu, we tried their Patacones, Ceviche, Cassava Balls, Rice bowl with beans and pork chunks.
| Patacones for 230Php
A platter of Patacones was served with with a variety of dips. This signature Latin American appetizer is made up of double fried plantains. Crunchy with nothing really special about them, the dips make these fried treats exciting!
| Ceviche De Tiquizia for 250Php
Raw fish cubes cooked in lime juice, mixed with cilantro and an assortment of spices. They added some ginger ale here to make it unique. I liked this! No fishy smell and totally delish!
| Encuyados for 230Php
We're used to potato balls or croquettes as appetizers. Pura Vida has the same but instead of potatoes, they used cassava! Filled with cheese, these battered deep fried balls were crunchy outside but soft and warm inside.
| Chifrijo for 250Php
If you like beans and avo, this bowl's for you! A hefty serving of rice mixed with beans, meat and pico de gallo, topped with generous slices of avo and laced with chips! It's light, and delicious!
| Chicharrones Con Yuca for 220Php
These are nothing but pork chunks, deep fried and served with a dip and some potato wedges. I wish the meat was a bit more tender.
Moving on to their mains, we had the following:
| Rice & Beans Con Pollo Caribeno for 350Php
The Caribbean Rice mixed with beans was delicious! More than just a plain rice with herbs and spices, this was cooked with chicken stock, coconut and beans. Paired with a portion of chicken smothered with Caribbean sauce, this was served with a simple salad and Patacones.
| Casados for 350Php
A typical Costa Rican lunch, this plate was loaded! Served with rice, beans, plantains, picadillo, a simple salad, white cheese and a meat of your choice - we had Bistec Encebollado or Onion Beefsteak as our protein. The meat was tasty, tender and the picadillo was delicious!
Aside from the food, they also prepared some cocktails for us starting with their Signature Cocktails.
| Summer Melted for 270Php
Summer Melted has rum x soda water x fresh passion fruit x ginger x lime juice x lemon grass syrup. One sip will give you a refreshing citrus kick! The flavor of the ginger was a pleasant surprise! It cuts through all the citrus flavor and tames the alcohol a bit.
| Healthy Rasta for 270Php
This was my favorite cocktail that night. It's the ultimate beach cocktail! So refreshing and easy on the taste buds, this is the perfect summer drink! A mix of gin x tonic water x basil x lime x fresh peppermint x fresh watermelon, this cocktail was garnished with fresh Rosemary torched in front of you to release the herbs fragrant aroma!
| Tico Rasta Mary for 270Php
A different kind of drink, this has tomato juice, vodka, black pepper, lime juice, Lizano and spicy Garapal sauce! It was like Bloody Mary, only thicker.
| Chili Guaro for 150Php per shot
Then we also tried this unique Pura Vida Signature Shot - Chili Guaro! It was so thick, so spicy and the alcohol was so strong for my liking! Tomato juice x vodka x lemon juice x Garapal sauce - try this if you are the adventurous type!
Overall, the ambiance and the Signature Cocktails are the real winners for me here! If you are trying to escape the buzz of the Metro after a hard day's work or maybe wanting to chill on a weekend, Pura Vida is one place that you should definitely try. It's as if you're not in the busy streets of Poblacion when you're here! Take a hike, climb the stairs and enjoy this Costa Rican Reggae Lounge!
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