Restaurants in Colombia: Andres Carne de Res

Quick Reviews are short peeks at restaurants in Colombia.

Andrés Carne de Res

Andrés Carne de Res is one of those restaurants in Colombia that you can’t miss while visiting Bogota. As soon as you enter the restaurant you’ll be met the craziness that has become its trademark. Musicians wander from table to table to play typical Latin ballads, waiters are dressed in colorful outfits, and random objects such as steel cows and neon hearts dangle from the ceiling.

The menu is almost 70 pages long, filled with perhaps all the Colombian dishes that exist. Everything is delicious, but as the name suggest, this place shines when it comes to meat preparations like lomo al trapo.

The original restaurant is in Chía, but if you have a tough time getting out of the city, try the one in the Zona Rosa restaurant area in Bogota for a crazy, fun night out.

Calle 3 N° 11A – 56, Chia

Zona Rosa location: Calle 82  #12-21, Bogota

Andres Carne de Res website

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Restaurants in Colombia: Criterion

Quick Reviews are short peeks at restaurants in Colombia

Colombia’s beloved culinary brothers, Jorge and Mark Rausch, have been on the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list with their restaurant Criterion ever since the prestigious awards began. In 2015 they moved up the list to now come in at number 18.

Their popularity has reached new heights since Jorge formed part of the Master Chef Colombia team. Criterion’s location in Zona G puts this duo in one of the hottest restaurant areas with some of the top dining establishments.

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Restaurants in Colombia: Harry Sasson

Quick Reviews are short peeks at restaurants around Colombia.

Harry Sasson

One of Colombia’s most beloved chefs, Harry Sasson is an icon in Bogota. He has several restaurants where you can try his international cuisine, but the heartbeat of Harry is at a remodeled 1930’s English-style mansion near one of Bogota’s financial areas.

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Coffee Fair in Bogota

Every year the coffee industry in Colombia has a coffee fair that gathers together everyone involved in the coffee industry – coffee growers, exporters and distributors, coffee shop owners and baristas. From around the world coffee importers come looking for the next specialty coffee to take back home with them.

The most exciting moment of the fair is the national barista championships, where the top baristas around the country compete to see who will be the king for the following year.

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Restaurants in Colombia: El Cielo

Quick Reviews are short peeks at restaurants around Colombia

El Cielo is a restaurant that will knock your socks off. Baby-faced chef Juan Manuel Barrientos’ inventiveness and his experimental tasting menu will challenge your preconceptions about food. In fact, it’s better not to come with any expectations at all – the experience will be different than anything you imagine.

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Top 11 Colombian Foods to Try When You Visit Bogota

So what should be on your hot list of Colombian foods to try when you visit Bogota? Here are some of our favorites.

(Disclaimer, warning and apology: You will not find arepas on this list. Not because we don’t love them, but just because we’ve talked too much about them already.

And we promise to not mention coffee.)

For meat lovers

Bandeja Paisa

Bandeja paisa is not for the faint of heart. Born in the “paisa” region of Colombia, it’s called bandeja because it’s served, not on a plate, but on a tray (bandeja) to accommodate the huge portions. Rice, plantain, chicharron, ground beef, blood sausage, avocado, arepa, and red beans, with a fried egg on top. Did we mention the large portions? (Tip – plan on a nap).

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Restaurants in Colombia: Matiz

Quick Reviews are short peeks at restaurants in Colombia

While Matiz tends to fly under the radar, it’s one of the hidden jewels in Bogota’s dining scene. A refined and understated restaurant set in an ivy-covered restored house near the posh Parque de la 93, Matiz is based on Mediterranean roots. Chefs from around the world have taken their turn at the stove here, and each new chef brings a different air to the restaurant.

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Learning about Colombian Food: La Mesa Food Tours

I looked up at the sky. I should have known better. When I left the house it was sunny, and just half an hour later the clouds had gathered quick and dark above me. But that’s typical of Bogota and its weather. During the rainy season, 15 minutes of sun and 15 minutes of rain can alternate all day long.

But I was promised that the street food tour by La Mesa Food Tours would go on rain or shine, so I had my umbrella in hand as I walked through the Parque de los Periodistas in Bogota’s La Candelaria neighborhood. Mt. Monserrate loomed over me, it’s head in the dark clouds.

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