Please see our sample menu for meal examples. Also check out this photo collection of some of our food by Ksenija Savic: Anamaya Food Photography. Anamaya means healthy in Sanskrit, and our restaurant is dedicated to creating tasty healthy meals that our genius chefs, staff, and guests dream up. We have a fixed menu offering different breakfasts, lunches & dinners each day. We can accommodate vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or those who eat fish and/or chicken, but we do not serve red meat or accommodate a full RAW diet. Almost all of our food is local and organic, with more and more coming directly from our own farm.
Our restaurant and dining experience is unique and a core part of the Anamaya experience. Our chefs and kitchen staff prepare the food in the prep kitchen and then bring all ingredients into our main lodge kitchen where guests can watch, learn, and sometimes even participate. Our chefs will teach tricks to anyone who cares to learn, and we have occasional cooking classes too. We take care to prepare vegetarian dishes separate from fish or chicken dishes to respect vegetarian ideals. We also know there are always guests who can’t keep out of the kitchen, and some will want to help prepare the meals or add to the mix with their own culinary creations. Add your favorite healthy recipe to the Anamaya guest cookbook. At Anamaya, we are one big happy family and our community revolves around the kitchen at its core.
An Organic Dream
We are dedicated to using organic produce whenever possible, and are constantly seeking out new sources of organic foods in Costa Rica. Some are grown locally and some are brought from other parts of Costa Rica, especially the higher altitudes where foods will grow organically that can’t survive the beach climate. In addition, we’re working on importing some organic dry goods and spices that are unavailable here. We now grow some of our produce on our own farm at Rancho Delicioso, and are working to increase the percentage of our own crops.
Local Color and Spice
Our fish are caught in the clean waters in front of the peninsula. Our chicken is local, as are the organic eggs. We grow some of our herbs on site, as well as a few veggies. We’re supporting local organic farmers, supplying them with new seeds and new ideas. Over time, we hope to be able to grow most of what we’re eating on our own farm, which is a five-minute drive from Anamaya.
Superfoods For a Super Life
All our meals are stocked with “superfoods” that are known to be the Olympic athletes of the vegetable world for their abundance of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, and other forms of nutrition. Broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes, and avocados are just a few of the core ingredients that we consider vital to a healthy diet.
Is Anamaya vegetarian or vegan? Although we have these elements in our cooking, and can cater to those who are strict vegetarians or vegans, we’re more focused on what we do eat rather than what we don’t. Vegaquarian is vegetarian + seafood, and is more commonly known as “Pescatarian”, although we’re not super strict about this either. The core of the Anamaya diet is lots of raw food, plenty of protein and healthy fats, minimal processing, lots of fruit, veggies (especially greens), whole grains, minimal dairy and meat, and NO junk. We also use no white sugar EVER and very little wheat, since so many people are sensitive too it.
Whether you consider yourself pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise we strive to support the paths of all our guests in their quest to achieve optimal health.