With its mixture of Spanish, creole, and indigenous Miskito influences, Nicaraguan culture has incredible depth and variety. Unsurprisingly, these characteristics translate into the culinary culture of Nicaragua, but with one, important addition – flavour. So, helpful as ever, we’ve selected four of the best dining spots across the country that exhibit this appetizing variety. Expect hidden gems, and renowned and celebrated dining experiences:
Cafetin Claudia, Granada
If you’re on a budget, in a rush, or just want to sample some solid, homemade Nicaraguan food, then Cafetin Claudia is here for you. The homely and welcoming atmosphere adds to the feeling of authenticity and honesty that is present in both Cafetin Claudia’s location, and its menu. It’s a little off the beaten track, but sometimes that’s all you need to hear if you’re searching for authenticity.
Mi Viejo Ranchito, Managua
A restaurant that is all about traditional Nicaraguan food, Mi Viejo Ranchito takes special care over its nacatamales; and as anyone versed in Nicaraguan culture or cuisine may already know, it’s no easy feat to perfectly prepare and then cook a nacatamale. This local grill and bar may not have hanging chandeliers or an army of sommeliers, but what it has in abundance is Nicaraguan flavour, both on the plate and in the service and entertainment.
Le Turon, Leon
We can’t see it happening, but if you ever get tired of the celebrated Nicaraguan dishes, then Le Turon in Leon will certainly excite your palette. Serving fabulous French food, with a slight Nicaraguan twist, Le Turon excels in its tropical salads, its diligently prepared seafood dishes and its perfectly seasoned meaty dishes that will make your mouth water. Le Turon is also pretty well known for its selection of cocktails that are expertly prepared as well as the quality of its serving staff. Throw this all together and Le Turon is a recipe for dining success.
Meson Real, Managua
Managua is arguably one of Nicaragua’s culinary hotspots, so it’s unsurprising that two of its restaurants have made it into our list. Meson Real offers casual-elegant dining suitable for quick lunches or long dinners. The sizeable tapas menu is the backbone of the menu here, but other Spanish-inspired dishes and a list of chef specials ensure that Meson Real can cater to all tastes. If you’re looking for suggestions, the delicious Chefs Prawns are a solid choice. Whatever dish you have, you can be sure that it will be accompanied by a fine wine, thanks to the extensive wine list that includes bottles from all over the South American continent.