Despite the easy going vibe there seems to be a lot happening at Simon Says, a no-frills spot in the heart of downtown San Juan del Sur. In one corner patrons are playing card games, in another avocados are tossed with tomatoes and olives, books are being exchanged and smoothies are being blended behind the counter.
“Just a couple of years ago it was hard to eat healthily in San Juan del Sur” said my lunch companion as she contemplated the menu. But today we’re sitting in what could almost be described as a US style juice and salad bar. Almost, because the Argentinian owners have given the place a super casual, cheerful feel that fits well with what San Juan del Sur is all about. If you’re wearing more than flip flops here, you’re overdressed.
While smoothies, juices and salads are at the forefront, Simon Says also has a full line of sandwiches and wraps. We ordered two juices – a “Clockwork Orange” (carrot, orange, mint and ginger) and a “Pop” (watermelon and passion-fruit) – a house salad (avocado, egg, beet, olives and corn) and a sandwich filled with soy meat, eggplant, pepper, olives and cheese. You can also create your own salads and sandwiches by choosing from a list of ingredients.
With the order in, we connected to the free wi-fi and tackled some emails. The juices came first – beautifully photogenic and bursting with antioxidant goodness. But the drink’s frothy texture and sweetness (from real fruit, not a sugary imposter) made them taste like anything but health food.
The salads came shortly after, and we quickly realized that the food isn’t just made with healthy ingredients, it’s made with a surprising amount of care too. The provenzal sauce (garlic and parsley) that came on the side gave the salad a refreshing boost.
A sandwich and a juice will run you about 170 cords (less than $7). So really a healthy meal from time to time when you’re in town, isn’t a bad idea. Grab your flip flops and head on down.
Have you been to Simon Says? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.