Why We Went: My friends, Peter and Pam, discovered that after all my trips to Boquete, El Oasis was one restaurant that I had not yet eaten at and wanted me to try it. We went for lunch and I was impressed with the scenery, the prices, and the quality of the foods. Later in the week, my husband and I were invited to dinner with friends; and I jumped at the chance to sample their dinner menu. El Oasis has inside dining, patio dining with a fireplace, and a glass gazebo style room that holds a couple of tables. I dined in the gazebo both times. It is lovely for privacy and sits you in the midst of their stunning gardens.
What We Had: For lunch, Peter, Pam, and I all had soups. They both ordered the cream of corn soup and I had the roasted red pepper soup. For our dinner outing, many of us started with the soups, (I had the corn soup this time!) and for dinner we had the lamb, Filet Mignon, Stuffed chicken, and the polenta with grilled vegetables.
Something Special: The polenta with grilled vegetables is a perfect choice for just the right amount of food after enjoying one of those big bowls of soup. The price is around $8. The polenta was creamy and light, paired with marinated and grilled peppers, squash, onions, and mushrooms. I really enjoyed this dish and would order it again.
Noteworthy: El Oasis’s chicken is stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, grilled perfectly and served on a bed of pureed sweet potatoes, accompanied by peas (which are hard to find in Boquete). This entree is both scrumptious and affordable. Price tag $12.
Best Part of the Meal: El Oasis’ beautiful gardens are free of charge to explore and photograph! I could not even begin to estimate how many different types of gorgeous flowers and trees inhabit the gardens, plus there is a flowing koi pond, too! The restaurant is part of the El Oasis Hotel, beaming with country charm, as you can see from the pictures.
Bonus: El Oasis’s soups are the best in Boquete; they should actually just make the soups for all the restaurants, because many charge double the price and they are not half as flavorful. I tried the heavenly roasted red pepper soup for lunch, and the rich and satisfying cream of corn and culis of sofrito creole (with a huge langoustine in the middle) for dinner. The soup is $5.50 per huge bowl.
Something Unique– My appetizer was something I could not pronounce, but basically was a terrine with layered mashed potatoes, meat with roasted vegetables that was incredibly sweet, topped with whipped butternut squash, which cut down on some of the sweetness. It was absolutely delicious, both sweet and tangy. I would love to have the recipe. The presentation was spectacular!
What Needs Improvement: Bread or a roll would a nice accompaniment for the soup. El Oasis also needs updated social media and a menu on their website.
Total Check Before Tip: I was treated for lunch. Our diner bill was under $50 for the two of us.
My Rating Scale 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest)= 9 1/2 (for food, service, AND value)
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