Guayoyo Bakery and Deli sells more than just the usual baked goods and sliced meats. The recently opened eatery in the western San José suburb of Escazú is a bakery, restaurant and convenience store all in one, and with a Venezuelan tilt evident in both the menu and the Venezuelan newspapers sold inside.
The deli’s shelves are lined with both typical foodstuffs and rarer finds such as peanut butter and cranberry juice. At the front of the store, a display case offers meats, cheeses and tempting desserts like Black Forest cake. The outdoor seating area offers a particularly nice atmosphere at this time of year; patrons can enjoy some authentic Venezuelan food and the breezy Escazú weather.
Guayoyo’s menu is short but contains a nice variety of options, including salads and pastas (₡4,000-5,500/$8-11), pizzas like the 4 Estaciones topped with artichokes, ham, anchovies and olives (₡4,500-8,000/$9-16) and Venezuelan dishes such as arepas – corn-dough patties stuffed with meat, cheese or egg, which, though small-looking, make a filling meal (₡2,300-2,800/$4.60-5.60). A tastier option is the plato navideño (₡10,000/$20), a Christmas special that combines three traditional Venezuelan dishes: hallaca, a Venezuelan tamal of stew wrapped in a cornmeal pancake; ensalada de gallina (chicken salad); and pan de jamón, a type of sweet bread wrapped around ham, raisins and olives, served at Christmastime.
A nice variety of Venezuelan food and can’t-miss favorites like pizza and pasta make Guayoyo Bakery and Deli worth the trip. And be sure to grab a sugary dessert from the bakery to go.
The restaurant is in Plaza Florencia, 150 meters north of the BAC San José in Guachipelín de Escazú. Hours are Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 8982-2777 or visit www.guayoyocr.com.