Say it loud! I’m back and I’m proud!
That’s right Del Monte-lovers. Your intrepid correspondant has returned from honeymoon complete with sunburn, swimsuit-chafing, excess of piña colada and awesome Spañish putos. Three weeks, that’s a lot of food to report on so I’m going to spread the good stuff over three entries. Deal with it. Coño.
Base-camp was Bogotá where we spent a few days seeing the sights, climbing up some steep hills (my Dunkirk), and feeding at the normal times. Aside from arepas and empandas Bogotá has quite a lot on offer. Loads of cheap restaurants which serve chicken and rice are to be found everywhere, all with intimidatingly dark interiors which don’t scare me, but we didn’t go in as I didn’t happen to be hungry at that time(s).
We stayed in La Candelaria and Chapinero, but the main places are to feed are in Zona T and Zona G. Zona T is a soulless, sterile area with all the charm of a strip mall and you may as well be in Utah for all the character on display (Utah slam!). And it’s as expensive as anywhere in the States. We ended up here a couple of times by mistake going to Gyros & Kebab (not bad) and Andres D.C. (http://www.andrescarnederes.com/). Andres has a couple of locations and is a must see, apparently. The cocktails were ginormous and the food not bad. I had a chateaubriand which could have floored a zonkey. The labyrinthine interior diverts you from what is actually quite a manufactured sense of chaos, but there’s lots to see, over 800 menu items to choose from and terrific service.
Better was to be found in Zona G which feels a lot cooler and so is probably rank with Colombian hipsters, but I couldn’t identify them so was forced to duff up a tourist hipster instead. We visited La Despensa (http://www.rafaelosterling.pe/) and the excellent Bruto (https://www.facebook.com/brutogypsy) where the international, award-winning cocktail wizard, Juan V, made us some amazing concoctions.
La Candeleria offers some nice places especially around Plazoleta del Chorro de Quevedo, the historic centre of Bogotá. We over-ordered in El Gato Gris (http://www.gatogris.com/) inducing staff and diners alike to howl with laughter at us. We also encountered the cutest baby cockroach in an Artesanal Pizza place that shall remain nameless.
Bogotá is second only in size to New York and Mexico City in the Americas. Well, third only, so we didn’t really scratch the surface is my point.
DE UNA TRAVEL BAR
De Una Travel Bar
Calle 11 No 2-98, Bogotá
Tel:+57 313 3983439
Andres Carnes de Res
Tel: +57 1 8637880
EL GATO GRIS
El Gato Gris
Calle 13 Bogotá
Tel: +57 3421716
Calle 70A N° 9-95, Quinta Camacho, Bogotá
Tel: +571 2358891
Cra 10a 70-50, Bogotá
Tel: +57 1 2490314