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Antigua, GT: Cafetenango Sunday brunch at Finca Filadelfia

rworange | Jan 31, 2011 02:50 PM

Finca Filadelphia is a stunningly beautiful coffee plantation 10 minutes from Antigua in the town of San Felipe de Jesus. They offer coffee tours, cupping demos, birding trips, bike rental, horse and mule rides, rappelling and lots more.

There is a hotel and two restaurants: the more casual Cafetanango and the pricy Pergaminos.

I liked brunch, not so much for the food, but for the sheer loveliness of the setting. Not that the brunch wasn’t good, but for that class of restaurant it wasn’t anything that special.

I’ve been to four brunch buffets so far in Antigua and the last three are rated about the same. Choosing between them depends on what you are looking for

1. Las Velas at the Hotel Camino Real – So far ahead of the pack. Not only is it the best in Antigua so far, but one of the best anywhere. Everything is top-notch here, food, ambiance and service … especially the food. More than double the price of the other buffets, but so worth it.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760961

2. Café Condessa – Best price, very good baked goods and coffee, nice selection of salads, a few hot items such as soup and egg dishes. One of the better fresh fruit offerings that included huge whole blackberries. The fruit was all tasty-ripe as well.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750990

3. Siitz - El Convento Boutique Hotel – The immediate restaurant gets the edge over Cafetanango, though the surrounding area at the latter is prettier. The hot buffet here is more varied and interesting. The service is inept.
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750276

4. Cafetanango – Good coffee, nice omelet station (better than Siitz), lovely grounds. The hot buffet could be more interesting.

Here's what we had rated from A+ to F -
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737141

B …... Coffee, omelet station, escabeche
B - …. Baked goods, fresh fruit, juice, paches, salsas, tortillas
C …... Hot buffet

Service: B + … Very, very good
Ambiance: B + … Very, very good
Price: $$$

Restaurant record with address and other info
http://www.chow.com/restaurants/919437

Flickr photostream with more pictures
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7685047@...

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