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Casa Santo Tomás - Cooks with Heart and Soul

Restaurante Casa Santo Tomás, Antigua GuatemalaChef or cook? Let us rephrase: Is it essential to be a chef to manage the kitchen of a good restaurant? People insist on making a clear distinction between the two terms these days, and when listening to discussions in the gastro industry you sometimes even get the impression that the word “cook” is used in a derogatory manner. Well, in this edition of our column we want to raise a glass for all the cooks out there who refer to themselves as such without pretentions, and who do their work with pride.

People who have some knowledge about Antigua’s gastronomy will agree with us that there are a good number of fine restaurants in this town that don’t have a dedicated chef but do just as well with excellent cooks in charge of the kitchen. One of them is Casa Santo Tomás, an establishment on second Avenida South that within just a few months since its opening has earned itself a name and a loyal clientele for its refined setting, impeccable service, and especially for its excellent food. And all this with no chef, but four cooks and a lot of dedication. We met Walter and Alex Hentze, father and son owners of the restaurant, and asked them what factors they think are responsible for the success of Casa Santo Tomás.




DegustantiguaMonthly Specials & Events

La Gastroteca Oferta del mes del Cariño

La Gastroteca
Valentine's special menu throughout February - Appetizer of the house, paella for 2, bottle of white, red or rosé René Barbier, brownie with ice cream and strawberries to share. Price Q. 245 (normal Q. 305). Other Specials: Monday and Wednesday: 2x1 white, rosé and red house wine +++ Friday: traditional potato tortilla half price. 1st. South Ave. no. 6 Antigua. Phone 7832-5717 / 5859-2525.

Mango Verde promo 02-2015-th

Mango Verde
Season's special - Green mango smoothie with pepitoria, salt and lemon. Small, Q. 22.00 / Medium Q. 28.00 / Large Q. 34.00. 5a Calle Poniente no. 4c. Tel. 7832 3811.

Restaurante Del Arco, Antigua Guatemala Happy Hour en Restaurante del Arco, Antigua

Restaurante Del Arco
Happy Hour at Del Arco - Monday to Friday 5:00 to 8:00pm: 2x1 cocktails and Gallo beer. . 5th. Avenida Norte no. 28, Antigua. Tel. 7832-3610.

Monoloco Monoloco, Antigua Guatemala

Monday: 2x1 pizzas, with every large, receive a free medium one +++ Tuesday: Ladies night +++ Wednesday: 2x1 cubas libres +++ Thursday: Wing night with buckets of beer +++ Monday to Friday: Happy hour 5 to 8 pm. 5a. Ave. Sur no. 6, Antigua. 

Kid's Restaurant

KID's Restaurant
Friday 6 and 20, 6:30 pm - Dining at Kids Restaurant, the restaurant run by children in San Gaspar Vivar. Free shuttle at 5:00pm in front of Cafe Condesa at central park. Reservations: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tels: 4550-7798 or 5251-0202. For more information visit kidsrestaurant.org.


Fridas' Weekly Specials
Sunday Mexi Brunch from 10:00am +++ Monday: 2x1 margaritas and rum, karaoke +++ Tuesday: 2x1 vodka, the second dish at half price on the whole menu +++ Wednesday: 2x1 daiquiri and wine, 2x1 quesadillas, lottery +++ Thursday: 2x1 margaritas, tequila and mojitos, live music +++ Friday: mezcaleros. 5th Ave. Norte no. 29, Antigua. Phone 7832-1296.

Mesón Panza Verde

La Cueva Live - Mesón Panza Verde
Saturday 14, 5:00 pm: Más Música, Menos Violencia, a unique musical recital by students of Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala, (SOG). All proceeds support SOG and its programs. Suggested donation Q. 150 +++ Saturday 7 and 28: Seth Mondfort, Classical & Jungle Pianist/Composer. Q. 75 Donation suggested +++ Saturday 21, 5:00 pm: Special performance by Gato Negro, Rumba and Latin music with Jorge, Willie and Margie Gómez. Cover Q. 35   +++ Wednesdays, 8-10 pm: Tito Santis, Latinamerican guitar. Cover Q. 35. +++  Thursdays 8-10pm: Nelson Lunding, piano & vocal from New Orleans, cover Q. 35 +++ Fridays, 8-10pm: Latin Trio, Denis Medina on Cubano Tres, cover Q. 35 +++ Saturdays 8-10pm: Sergio Zepeda & Friends. Cover Q. 35. 5th Avenida Sur no. 19, Antigua. Phone 7832-2925.

Entre Campanas Desayuno 2x1 todos los días

Entre Campanas
2 x 1 on the entire breakfast menu at restaurante Entre Campanas. Every day! 9th. Calle Oriente no. 19, inside Hotel Los Pasos, Antigua. Phone  7955-6262.

Las Palmas

Las Palmas
Live Music - Monday & Wednesday 8-10pm: Trova Reggae with Gustavo Santos +++ Tuesday 7:30-10:00pm: Bossa Nova, romantic +++ Thursday 9:00-11:00: Reggae, Soca & Cumbia +++ Friday & Daturday 10:00-01:00: Salsa tropical with Caribe +++ Sunday: Surprise +++ Daily: Movies from 2:00  to 4:00pm. 6th. Avenida Norte no. 14, Antigua. Tel. 7832-9734.

Rainbow Café

Live music from 8:00pm at Rainbow Café
Mondays: Diffrent Guest Musicians +++ Tuesdays and Thursdays: Gustavo, this local musician plays a mix of Latin and western classices +++ Wednesdays: Open Mic Night, hosted by different musicians; come along and show your skills! +++ Fridays: Diffrent Guest artists +++ Saturdays: Variety of bands and musicians. Sundays: Kenny Molina, one of Antigua's most loved musicians plays a variety of Latin music that will make you dance. 7a. Ave Sur no 8, Antigua. Phone 7832-1919.

Epicure Restaurant, Antigua Guatemala

Epicure Restaurant
Live Music - El Trio, Saturdays from 7:00 to 9:00pm and Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00pm. 3a. Ave. Norte no. 11-B. Tel. 7832-5522.

Los Tres Tiempos, Antigua Guatemala

Los Tres Tiempos
Live Boleros - Every Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Throughout March: 2x1 on glasses of wine. 5a. Ave. Norte no. 31. Tel. 7832-6131.