Antigua, GT: Saberico – The absolutely best pepian I have ever eaten
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Antigua and I can not wait to return next week.
It is a deli, restaurant, chocoletier, pasteleria and grocery selling natural and organic food.
The restaurant sells soups, sandwiches, burgers salads and a few entrees such as salmon with lemon sauce. The bakery makes diabetic as well as gluten-free baked goods. The chocolates are made with herbs and fruit from the garden.
Special dishes for the weekend, chicken pepián, chicken jocón or subanik for instance, may be eaten at the restaurant or ordered for take-out.
There are three lush gardens in the back of the restaurant. The garden on the lower level, has several tables and a hammock. There is a second level garden up a few steps that has a large green lawn with tables. The upper garden has four cabanas surrounded by plants and trees.
Here's what I had rated from A+ to F -
A - … Pepian with black tortillas
B …... Orangeade
C …... Red wine and fresh strawberry smoothie
B + … Candied fruit truffle
B - …. House-made Guatemalan chocolates
Service: B - … Very good
Ambiance: A - … Way above average
Restaurant record with more info such as address, phone, hours and menu
Flickr photostream with LOTS more pictures … especially the gardens.
We ate at Saberico three times during our week in Guatemala. It was actually our very first meal of our trip and we were SO happy to be sitting in that beautiful garden in the sun, eating deliciously made fresh food after our exhausting travel day. Especially coming from cold upstate NY!
A couple of us had the Pepian, I had the veggie sandwich, another had the lamb burger, and another the tilapia sandwich. Everyone was happy with their food every single time that we visited...This place is not to be missed. The food was well seasoned, fresh, and nutritious. The surroundings were gorgeous.
Nice shot of breakfast at Sabe Rico by Antigua Daily Photo
"Sabe Rico Restaurant, Chocolatería & Delicatessen is a great place to have delicious and nutritious breakfasts in La Antigua Guatemala. The range options goes from typical Guatemalan breakfast, tamales, et cetera all the way to fresh fruits and home-baked artisan bread slices with home-grown basil pesto and bacon."
There are some positive things said by others in in the comments section.
I loved my one meal at Sabe Rico and have it on my to-try list. It just moved higher up on that list.
SABE RICO DETAILS
PEPIAN WITH BLACK TORTILLA: A - … Way above average
The menu which is in English and Spanish describes the pepian as: Chicken hen and vegetable stew tomatillo, chile, peppers, sesame.
It is the best pepian I have had anywhere. The stew had depth and complexity, the white meat chicken was tender and flavorful. This is surprising because my experience is that sometimes organic can mean dumbed down flavor but not here.
Even the accompaniments were top quality … perfect avocado, nicely done rice. This dish might have earned an “A” but the black tamales brought it down a bit. They were very good, but the black tamales I had in San Felipe were so exceptional and these were not on the same level.
ORANGEADE: B - … Very good
Every restaurant in Guatemala, despite the cuisine, has fresh lemonade and orangeade on the menu. This was totally different than most. They used slushy type ice and oranges from their fruit-laded trees. There was a noticeable flavor difference. I enjoyed it very much.
Next time I want to get the beautiful tea with fresh mint from the restaurant garden. These also have the slushie type ice and lots of people ordered it. The bright green drinks looked so pretty.
RED WINE AND FRESH STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE: C … Average
While I know the ingredients were quality, this didn’t have much flavor to me. It was fine, but I wouldn’t order it again.
CANDIED FRUIT TRUFFLE: B + … Very, very good
I liked this very much. The chocolate was smooth and rich, the fruit fresh-tasting and flavorful. I’m going to try more of the truffles on my next visit.
HOUSE-MADE GUATEMALAN CHOCOLATES: B - … Very good
These were good, but not stand outs to me. They shells were flavorful, but the fillings were subtle. I can not remember a single flavor I tried.
I might try a few more next time focusing on the fruit and herb chocolates. I am guessing that the truffles may be the thing to get here.
The candies are attractively wrapped and would make nice gifts.
SERVICE: B - … Very good
I’m going to put a caveat on this. I went at prime time and every table was filled. I lingered quite a while. The gardens are in the back and as the crowd thinned, I didn’t see the servers.
That being said, the servers were very pleasant. I did have to wait a bit for my menu, but she apologized and the rest was prompt. However, I wouldn’t sit in the garden section if I was in a hurry and wanted fast service.
AMBIANCE: A - … Way above average
Those gardens are so beautiful with all sorts of trees with tropical fruit. Just for the experience of seeing so many different types in one place it is worth a stop. There was a beautiful chermoya tree, a loquat and many others. Everywhere I looked there were either herbs or some sort of edible vegetation.
The lower level garden has the group-friendly tables. There is a hammock as well. Lots of cages with birds hang from tree branches. The second level, about five steps up, has a large lawn area that would be great for kids to run around. Up five more steps are the cabanas which give a lot of privacy.
There is a table in front of the restaurant near the deli and another area right near the grocery with a few tables, but the gardens are the place to head for.
There’s a vigilant, but cute small white dog that didn’t like me initially and yapped at me for a while. I thought he belonged to the table across the way and was annoyed they didn’t curb the dog. Finally, the dog decided I was ok and ignored me. It was fast asleep on a wood pile when I was leaving.
The deli counter is at the entrance with a refrigerated case holding the truffles and deli salads. There are packaged crackers and flat breads. Organic coffee and espresso drinks are available for take out. A chalk menu board on the wall lists the deli menu
The grocery has a nice selection of quality products such as tea, coffee, spices and other items. I was looking to take home some of the mint tea, but they only use fresh from the garden mint to make it.
There was a nice pan of house-made ravioli on one fridge. They also had Hagan Daz ice cream in one freezer. I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else in Guatemala.
I like everything about this place … food, ambiance and even the dog. Saberico is high on my stop again when I'm in Antigua next week.