San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Arenal Report

5 Corners Grill is not just a grill anymore. It has become many restaurants in one. Last week it was an Italian restaurant. This week it is – for three more days – a Thai restaurant. Next week it will be an Indian restaurant. After that, new owners Jason Elliott and Cindy Carroccio will keep the variety of cuisines coming, obviously having discovered that regular diners can have too much of Tex-Mex. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday is also family day with a movie, virtual bowling and chicken bingo, hopefully to be conducted outside the restaurant, as it involves a very large bingo card on which a chicken wanders until it decorates the number of a lucky bingo player. (We do not know if this Sunday’s chicken will then become one of the ingredients in next week’s Indian meals. Perhaps not, if it proves proficient at bingo.)

The challenging new taste trek through the world’s cuisines is greatly aided by the addition of sous chef Lual Otero, who responded to a Craigslist ad. Originally from Cartago, east of San José, Lual has spent the past eight years cooking in the U.S. states of Georgia and North Carolina.

This week’s Thai menu, available through Sunday, includes wonton soup, spring rolls, green curry chicken, duck with ginger red bean sauce and more.

–Alex Murray

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