by Grace Bastidas
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Fortunately, Bogotá offers something
for everyone, and foodies will not be disappointed;
there are several vibrant restaurant districts throughout
the metropolis. The Zona T is a pedestrian-only strip
that fills up at night with hip scenesters. Harry Sasson,
one of the countrys most important chefs and a
recognized culinary athlete (he participated in the
prestigious IKA/HOGA Culinary Olympics in 1988), has
two eateries within walking distance from each other.
H. Sasson Wok & Satay Bar (Calle 83 No. 12-49,
Tel: 57-1-616-4520. http://www.harrysasson.com)
specializes in Thai food, including a chicken casserole
in a red curry sauce thats not for the faint of
heart. Situated in a lovely old house, Club Colombia
(Avenida 82 No. 9-16 Tel: 57-1-249-5681) serves up succulent
regional dishes in a sophisticated setting. Try the
carne a la llanera, a satisfying country-style steak
that goes down best with lulo juice, from a tangy, tropical
fruit native to the country.
The hottest new culinary destination is the Zona
G (between Calle 69 and Calle 70, Tel: 57-1-310-2810).
The G stands for gourmet and
the area lives up to its name. Favorites include Criterion
(Calle 69A No. 5-75, Tel: 57-1-310-1377), an exceptional
French restaurant with its own bakery; La Hamburgueseria
(Calle 70 No. 4-69, Tel: 57-1-321-3350) a trendy burger
joint inspired by the Stones Rock and Roll Circus
film; and Suruba (Calle 69 No. 4-40, Tel: 57-1-312-2939),
which translates to orgy and offers a pleasurable
experience based on small portions.
Theres also exclusive Parque de la 93 (Calle
93A to 93B between Carrera 11A and Carrera 13), an attractive
green lung, or city park, surrounded by yet more eateries,
bars, and hangouts.
If you only have time to sit down for one full-course
meal, opt for Leo Cocina Y Cava (Calle 27B No. 6-75,
Tel: 57-1-286-7091). Located in the bohemian neighborhood
of La Macarena, this white dining room serves as a canvas
for Chef Leonor Espinosas creations. She reinvents
coastal Colombian dishes by adding unexpected ingredients
that surprise even the most sophisticated palette. Try
a delicate white fillet perched on coconut rice and
wrapped in plantain leaves; it arrives at the table
as neat as a gift. By dessert, youll be booking
a return trip to Bogotá just to eat here again.