I went to the restaurant for the first time last night with friends and family, and were very enticed by the menu. The food, though, was horrendous, and the service, way too slow and we were only the second table in the place. Hummus was just a paste of garbanzos, practically tasteless, served not with pita bread but the thinnest of soggy tortillas, and this was the best food we had last night. Plates were badly presented, all the food was beige or white, no vegetables in sight as sides or garnish, really sad loking things on enourmous white plates, very small portions for the price, by the way, and badly seasoned or not at all. I had the impression that our waiter was also working the bar, the reception and busing in the kitchen and maybe cooking too.
Sad, because the place is lovely and good vegetarian food is scarce. I don't think I am coming back to the restaurant, and the four other people who were with me will not, either. None of us will recommend Pura Vida to anyone. There are wonderful veg cookbooks in the market, experiment with vegetables, and give a rest to the l pasta and rice usually offered as vegetarian entrees. you need to have broccolli, carrots, beets, avocados, brussels sprouts, spinach and other greens, grains other than white plain rice, quinoa for example, spelt, amaranth, corn, peas, tomatoes, the variety is awsome.
As I was the one who suggested Pura Vida, I actually felt embarassed to have taken my family and friends to such a bad meal. Taste your food. it is beyond bad. Fix it.