No.49

Andrés Carne de Res

Chia, Colombia

On the pass:

Andrés Jaramillo (pictured) with head chef Marco Antonio Beltrán Rodríguez

Pastry chef:

Style of food:

Eclectic Latin American

Standout dish:

Salt-crusted beef tenderloin

Contact:

Calle 11ª-56, Chia

+571 863 7880
http://www.andrescarnederes.com

Bogotá’s best party spot serves an endlessly eclectic Latin American food offering

What’s the vibe? Alice-in-Wonderland meets Moulin Rouge, Andrés Carne de Res is a mind-boggling trip of bright lights, theatrical service and colourful ceramic cows. A party place like no other, the dining room extends into an indoor and outdoor discotheque for late-night revellers … a must for any hedonist.

On the menu: With a line-up featuring everything from Argentine steak and grilled provolone cheese to Peruvian ceviche and pisco sours, you might need an hour to decide your order. Sample some traditional Colombian patacones (crispy fried plantain) while you sift through the 64-page tome.

How to get a table: Fill in the reservation form on Andrés’s website and you’ll be given on a spot on the waiting list. But the restaurant is so huge – it fits “half the world,” according to chef Andrés Jaramillo – you should have no trouble getting a table.

Worth the trek? With the restaurant located an hour’s taxi ride outside Bogotá through some deserted neighbourhoods, it’s tempting to visit the smaller, local branch of Andrés in the capital. But it’s well-worth holding out for the flagship: everything is bigger and better and locals and tourists flock here en masse for the unique experience.

Images: Equipo FotoArte de Andrés Carne de Res

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