Nicolás López y Sergio Meza
Langoustine, spicy banana broth and mature goat’s cheese
Calle 56 #5-21, Bogotá
+57 1 2111259
Chief reason to visit: The dynamic duo formed of Mexican Sergio Meza and Argentinian Nicolás López is shaking up Bogotá’s gastronomic offer with a daring daily-changing menu inspired by surprising combinations of local ingredients.
A few words on the chefs: Meza worked in Europe at the likes of Noma in Copenhagen and In De Wulf in Belgium, and headed the research and development laboratory of Boragó under Rodolfo Guzmán. López, one of the co-founders of 99 in Santiago, has had a similarly international training including stints in Sydney and Norway. The two met in Chile and opened Villanos en Bermudas together in 2016.
The concept: Villanos en Bermudas is only open in the evening, as Meza and López spend the day in their kitchens preparing the seven-course menu for dinner. They are committed to using only the freshest local products – if there are more diners than there is produce available, they make different versions of dishes. Expect combinations like langoustine, spicy banana broth and mature goat’s cheese; or stuffed zucchini with Jerusalem artichoke ice cream, burnt white chocolate and green apple.
What’s the space like? A converted three-floor house in the Chapinero neighbourhood. The first floor hosts the main dining room, decorated with large comic-style portraits, and the pantry, featuring a disco ball. On the second floor is a spacious lounge where imaginative cocktails are served. On the third floor is a mirror-covered bathroom and the open kitchen in front of a long bar, as well as a small dining room with only one table.
Images: Juliana Pachon