French with international influences
Smoked salmon confit with yucca carbon
Calle 69A 5-75 Zona G, Bogotá
+57 1 310 1377
Chief reason to visit: Criterión is the flagship in the famous Rausch brothers’ vast restaurant empire, which spans Colombia and most recently extended to El Gobernador in Cartagena. With an extensive à la carte and two tasting menus, the brothers – Jorge, the executive chef and Mark, the pastry chef – showcase some of their trademark creations.
A few words on the chefs: Mark and Jorge are celebrities in Colombia, with Jorge serving as a judge on the local version of MasterChef. Their great-grandparents founded a bakery in Bogotá after arriving from Poland, and the brothers inherited the family passion for cooking. They’ve also penned a host of cookbooks, which sit proudly on the restaurant’s bookshelves.
What’s in the name? Criterión was named after the London theatre of the same name – Jorge spent several years in the UK working with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir au Quatre Saisons, where he developed his skills with French food.
Typical dishes: The seasonal tasting menu could include a teacup of pea soup with onion cappuccino, raw lion fish strips with soursop foam, or an Austrian-inspired desconstructed emmenthal and pumpernickel bread sandwich.