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Bogota, Colombia

On the pass:

Executive chef Jorge Rausch (left) and pastry chef Mark Rausch (right)

Style of food:

French with international influences

Standout dish:

Grilled tilapia with buffalo mozzarella stuffed courgette flowers, mashed potatoes with olives, beans and shellfish reduction cream


Calle 69A 5-75 Zona G, Bogotá

+57 1 310 1377

Classic French cooking – Colombian style

The Rausch brothers Jorge and Mark have a single aim: to build on the foundations of French gastronomy and give their guests an unforgettable experience – and they are turning heads in the process.

Executive chef-owner Jorge oversees two other restaurants, Bistronomy, also in Bogota, and Rausch Restaurant at the Esplendor Panama Hotel in Panama City, but it is at Criterión, which he opened with pastry chef Mark in 2003, that he has really stretched his creative muscles.

The food is unmistakably French by design, with wild mushroom fricasse with a veloute of mushrooms and truffle oil, foie gras, steak tartare and tournedos Rossini all gracing the menu. But the duo’s Latin American and international influences means that they often push the boundaries of these Gallic classics. So a terrine of foie gras comes accompanied by peanut butter and jelly and caramelised bananas; and steak tartare is given a makeover with tomato jellies, balsamic vinegar and parsley and crispy potato ‘Pringles style’

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