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Antigua, GT: Hotel Palacio de Dona Leonor - 56 creative martinis … try the avocado and carnation


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Antigua, GT: Hotel Palacio de Dona Leonor - 56 creative martinis … try the avocado and carnation

rworange | May 13, 2011 09:54 AM

Dona Leonor is flat out my favorite in this category of restaurant, far outshining similar restaurants such as Panza Verde or Welten.

They use Caoba Farms organic produce. The coconut cake was luscious.

It also has the most creative cocktail list in town with no place even coming close. A few of the martini’s

- Cucumber, pineapple, gin, horchata
- Passion fruit, lemon, raspberry vodka, champagne
- Amarula *, vodka, pomegranate
- Star fruit, gin, sweet and sour
- Vodka and watermelon liquor
- Vodka, rosa de jamaica and strawberry liquor

* South African liqueur made from marula fruit

On Monday nights there is live music and a special price for martinis (45 quetzales – about $5.50 USD). The liquor pour is generous.

There is also an extensive tea menu with over 30 teas that are loose and not bagged. There are the standard black and green teas and some exotic blends such as nutella and strawberry … not sure how that would work, but it sounds creative.

The online menu for Dona Leonor looked unexciting, so this restaurant wasn’t high on my to-try list. They don’t have the martini menu online. However, I was lured by an ad in a tourist magazine for Monday musical martini night

I have not read a negative thing so far on the web either about the hotel or restaurant Trip Advisor reviews are mostly five stars with only a few four stars and nothing lower.

I wasn’t expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.

Here's what I had rated from A+ to F -

B + … Complementary foccacia with EVOO and balsamic vinegar
B + … Complementary bread and butter
B + … Coaba Farms greens with candied macadamia nuts and tequila-orange vinaigrette
B + … Shrimp Risotto
A - … Coconut cake with vanilla ice cream and pineapple sauce
A - … Avocado, vodka, carnation and goldschlager martini
B + … Chiltepe pepper, lemon and vodka martini
B + … Goldschlager, vodka and fresh mango martini
C + … Ginger and orange peel tea

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

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As of this post, my photos are really bad. The light was low … mostly candlelit. The one good photo I had of the inviting, comfortable cocktail lounge, I accidentally deleted. I’m going to try to go back, so there might be better photos in the above link in the future.

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