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.

Presently, Catalan Arnau Barenys brings with him French and Catalan traditions, so don’t be surprised to see antull, fideuá, and oven roasted octopus on the menu. The succulent Segovia roasted pork (cochinillo) takes the day, though.

Go for the full tasting menu; both reasonably priced and fantastically executed, it manages to create a distinctive harmony among the dishes. Attentive waiters and careful wine service – some of the most respected sommeliers in the country have made their home at Matiz – mark the difference in a city that at times struggles to provide service that satisfies.

Calle 95 No. 11 a – 17, Bogota

This restaurant overview was first published in Destinations of the World Luxury Travel Magazine.

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