A few weeks back we went to dinner at a Macarena dining institution ~ Tapas Macarena ~ followed by a concert at the Santamaria bull ring.
The restaurant felt exactly like the kind you would come across in this bohemian-like Bogota neighborhood. It is small, cozy and full of interesting people. Tapas Macarena opened over three years ago on a quaint neighborhood corner and continues to draw in crowds of people who do not mind a tight squeeze just so long as they get their fill of tapas, wine, beer and ambiance.
The meal began with a spicy, vinegary tomato mixture spooned on top of slices of crusty baguette. We had to ask for seconds of this because it was so good.
Next we had the Calamari a la Romana, battered and deep-fried calamari rings with lemon and aioli. These were tasty but to be honest I preferred the ones down the street at En Obra restaurant. We also had some excellent Beef skewers a la Indonesia with a sweet and sour glaze.
I was a little sad because there was a lot more to be ordered but we had to be in and out for the concert. The silver lining is that, of course, we will be back to try to rest of the menu and specials.
Check out this article that appeared in the NYT last year all about La Macarena and all it has to offer in terms of food and the arts.
As for the rest of that evening, we went to the most amazing Concha Buika concert. I would like to share this video just to give you all an idea of how great she is. I highly recommend getting your hands on some of her music for your next Spanish inspired dinner party.
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