La Curva Del Gordo
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The Staff are attentive, without being intrusive, which was nice. Despite being alongside the Autopista, the traffic noise was not noticeable, and the light breeze, made it a comfortable setting.
Marcela, being Marcela, spent more time looking at what other people were eating, so we definitely have to return, just to try the chicharon, which looked huge.
UPDATE: Having been twice before, we returned again today 29 July 2018, I am sorry to say that I have to update my review, and not for the better.
The problem is not the food, that's excellent, the problem is the head waiter, he has a problem, either with foreigners, or black people, he made us feel uncomfortable, He took our order, and then ran to attend a table of eight who were newly arrived, lavishing attention on them. I noticed that everyone else was being served a free entrée, not us. The frijoles arrived, but we had asked for an alteration for Marcela, that was not received, and we had to ask the waitress to change the dish. It is small things that make a place, we will not be back.
Vereda Zarzal La Luz
Albeit, it has beautiful views from the terraced dining area, you can also dine picnic style on a nice day in the gardens.
Because it is not a Restaurant you expect to find in this area, I assumed you needed to book, and this was a problem, because neither the main phone, or the cellphone was being answered, we were later told they were having problems with the line, we managed to book by contacting them via Instagram, although today anyway, I don't think that was necessary.
The kitchen is open which I like, and you can see what is going on, and more importantly that it is clean, in this case as it is new, everything is still gleaming.
The menu came, and it is much as we expected, by local standards expensive. Starters begin at $16000 COP, main courses from $26000 to $38000, and desserts from $11000, the presentation and quality of the food was good, I would describe it as 'Cordon Bleu', nicely presented in the middle of the plate, with small portions, not a place to come, if you like to leave feeling as if you have a full stomach.
The only criticism I would have of the establishment, is that for some reason, only the Head Waiter seems to know how to smile, this made me feel a bit uncomfortable, with the exception of this man, they were all poker faced. The only other point, is that I like to give a tip at my discretion, not be asked if I want to pay for the tip with the bill, but that now seems to be the norm rather than the exception over here, and to be honest, they would have got the same amount (10%), had it been left to me, it was just that the decision is more or less taken out of your hands.
A point in their favour is that they do home delivery, especially of their pizza menu, 30cm pizzas (six slices) from about $18000-22000, which is pretty standard price for a good pizza, so we may well give that a try.
Would I recommend La Cumbre? on my income, it certainly wont be a regular haunt, there are other Restaurants in the area, which do comparable food, much cheaper, but the location is great, you couldn't ask for better scenery to look out over whilst dining. I might well have given a more glowing review, if only they would learn to smile. believe it or not, it makes all the difference.
Piedra de Fuego Parrila - Bar
Carrera 49 No.48-57
UPDATE: This Restaurant has moved to the next street, I am not sure if it has changed hands, but the selection and quality of the food has plummeted.
|H&M Comidas (Fast Food Restaurant)|
Situated only 50m from El Parque (Town Centre), this restaurant could well be missed if you don't look for it, enter through the archway, and it immediately opens out into a spacious restaurant area, the eating area itself being in a former open air quadrangle, which is now covered with white canvas, it has not been spoilt by concreting over the gardens, instead it is covered in white stone chippings, which solves the problem of any rain getting in.
Mi Gallo Tuerto
|Mi Gallo Tuerto (Courtesy of foursquare.com)|
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Since writing this review, I became a regular Customer, and would visit two or three times a week, however this year the prices have noticeably shot up, I think this is mainly due to their building and opening of a second branch at Caldas, to the west of Medellin. As a result, I now only visit two or three times a month, mainly for brunch. The food is still good, albeit the portions have shrunk.
El Potrero Rancho Disco-Bar (Restaurant)
Today, we had a run out to one of our favourite Villages, San Antonio de Pereira, which is fast becoming the outskirts of Rionegro, about an hour and a quarter from home, unfortunately on route the heavens opened, so it was not the nicest of days, however as always when we go there at a week-end, it was packed out with visitors, calling for lunch in one of the many Restaurants, a drink in one of the many Bars, or just walking around the quaint old fashioned village.
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Los Postres San Antonio
|Los Postres San Antonio|
|Walls lined with history|
Update: Albeit this review is now four years old it still stands, and having been back to the UK in 2014, we finally remembered to take some UK currency in early 2017!!
Asados Familia Garcia
|Don't bother with a starter!|
I am not certain what the meat was, but it had the texture and taste of gammon with the fat still attached, it was lovely with the Yuca with liver, a potato and salad. There was certainly no room for anything else afterwards, and none of us could fault anything about the experience. Yes, we will be going again.
Asados La 80
|Asados La 80|
Marcela invited me out for lunch, a Restaurant we have never been to before, together, apparently it was years since she had last been, but it certainly wasn't a disappointment!
Leños y Carbon
This is a regular haunt for Marcela and myself, situated in the Carrefour Shopping Mall at San Juan, (There is a bigger Restaurant in Medellin, and another smaller Kiosk in the Food Hall at the Plaza Oviedo Mall in El Poblado) We call here about once a month whilst shopping locally, it is a grill and Salad Bar, the Meat is cooked to order, and you can stand there and watch if you want, but it is always mouth watering, we usually buy a large plate of salad to share whilst waiting for the meat, it is as the name suggests a Salad Bar, so you select what you want.
La Bolsa Bar y Restaurante
We went to the Restaurant to celebrate Marcela's Birthday, and what an excellent choice, the Restaurant is very modern, but at the same time welcoming. The Staff were smart, friendly and efficient.
You are given a table with it’s own ‘Call button’, not that we needed it, the Staff were attentive, but it was lunchtime, if the Restaurant had been full, it might be a useful gadget to have! The menu is novel, it comes in the form of a Newspaper, which you can take as a Souvenir if you wish.
The choice of menu is extensive, and there is something for everyone, including a vegetarian section, the prices are very reasonable, you can go for medium priced items, or go for the expensive range, but the quality and presentation remains excellent whatever you choose.
There is also an excellent choice of wines, spirits, beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks.
We had not planned on having a dessert, but knowing it was Marcela’s birthday, they brought out a surprise dessert to be shared, complete with candle, music and a silly hat, it was a lovely thought, that just finished off the day.
California Burrito Co
We went here for lunch on November 23rd 2012, this was a new experience for us, whether it is new, or we just have not seen it previously I don't know, but we were both glad that we had found it.
This Restaurant serves Burritos, Nachos, Quesadillas, Salads, a Kids menu, and for those with no sense of pain Extreme Nachos. You can see their menu on the Website above.
You go to the counter, and the food is prepared freshly in front of you, you choose the ingredients from a good selection at the counter, included in the price is a drink, either a soft drink or a beer. Once it is ready you pay and go off to enjoy something that tickles your taste buds.
The Restaurant is a cross between fast-food and family dining, the Staff are friendly and helpful, and if you do not understand anything, they will take the time to explain.
Yep! you guessed right, we will be going back!
El Restaurante Bar Montaditos
The Restaurant has 34 covers, of which only 10 are inside, the others are open to the elements, but there is a roof! On a warm evening it would be a lovely place to go to. However saying that, the Restaurant is typically Spanish, offering tapas, you are given a menu and a pen, and you mark on the menu which tapas you want, each being individually priced, or you can pick a set number with a beer, for a fixed price.
The Staff are smartly dressed, friendly and efficient, the quality of the food was excellent, and there was a good choice of authentic food from Spain, as can be seen from the menu on their website, having moved from there at the beginning of the year, I was suitably impressed. This was Marcela's second venture into food from Spain, and she came away hooked. There is also a comprehensive wine list.
The only little fault I had with our visit, was that despite having moved inside, the doors are left open, and I was cold, and very glad I had my thick jacket with me. Possibly a visitor to the area would not have found it a problem, but if you are acclimatised to a warmer part of the valley, I would suggest waiting for the dry season (summer) to come around.
Will we return?...definitely, but at a different time of year! Visited October 13th.
EL RESTAURANTE BAR NUQUI- CENTRO
Nuquí is a fish restaurant, and you will be hard pushed to find anything that is not fish related, other than a few vegetarian dishes. This was unfortunate as I had recently been diagnosed as allergic to shell-fish, but I still had plenty of choice from the fish.
Unfortunately their website, does not reflect the standard of the food or service, the online menu does not show many of the dishes available, so do not be put off by this.The Service, is both friendly and efficient, the choice of various fish is excellent, and the quality and quantity of food cannot be faulted, it was fresh, hot and well presented.
The Restaurant itself is a converted building, and probably one of the older ones in the city centre, is comprises of a number of rooms, housing tables of varying sizes, accomodating a romantic twosome, to a large party. There are adequate Waiting Staff, so that you never have to wait a great length of time, but at the same time, you are not rushed. We were waiting to the Guest of honour to arrive for half an hour, and it did not cause any problems.
We have been to this Restaurant previously, and will certainly return.
On it’s website Piadinas looks reasonably big, but it is deceiving, in fact it is small and probably has a maximum of 40 covers. The one downside immediately is that the toilets are upstairs, and if you are an invalid, you will have to use the Public toilets across the Mall near the lifts.
We had reserved a table for 8pm, and it was a good job we had, otherwise we would not have been seated, it was full. There were only two Staff waiting on, although they were very pleasant, they were not very efficient. At the start we ordered drinks, Marcela’s came, but I had to ask three times for mine, and by the time it arrived, I had finished my starter. Also at the end of the meal, I ordered coffee, and it never came.
Saying that, the food was excellent, neither of us had any complaints, there is a good variety, as can be seen on their website. Looking around Fondues seem to be very popular there, I had a blue cheese fondue, which was very tasty. If you order dessert, there are two main choices, mousse, or crépes, if you pick the latter, my recommendation would be to ignore the crepe and go by the filling, which is substantial, however the crépe itself, I do not think is made inhouse, and they are bought job lot, consequently they are a bit leathery.
Price wise, it is reasonably priced for the area, but the Restaurant is let down by the lack of Staff numbers, as a result orders are forgotten which is understandable but inexcuseable. Will we be going back? if everywhere else is closed maybe!
We have always been impressed with their menu, it is varied, and reasonably priced, we have only ever had one bad meal there, and unfortunately that was on the date of writing this. However the Management listened to our criticism, and took them on board.
The Restaurants themselves, are mainly wooden structures, and impressive, open on three sides to allow fresh air to circulate, and give you the best of the views, on these sides, they only have curtain walls, to be used if the weather changes for the worse, however I think if it was a 'cold' wet day I would be inclined to visit somewhere else, or stay warm at home!
The food is finished off to order, I am sure that much is part prepared, due to the turn over of Customers, there is a good choice and includes, meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes, I have to admit that I am a dessert man myself, and their dessert trolley is worth asking for, when they bring you the standard dessert menu!!!
This is not somewhere I would go for a special meal, but it is ideal for large family gatherings, and business meals, they also cater for children's parties.