Puerto Colombia – El Caribe más cerca

Puerto Colombia is one of my favorite casual little spots in Bogotá.  Unfortunately I heard recently that they are looking for buyer’s and will be closing soon. A shame indeed.

I don’t actually go there very often becaus the food is a very guilty pleasure. Pretty much all the good stuff is fried – as all good stuff is. I do daydream about it often and sometimes I treat myself to an arepa de huevo and a thick zapote sorbete which resembles a milkshake. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why it’s so good.

The best arepa de huevo I have ever had was on a grimy street behind a supermarket in Cartagena but this one is pretty good considering we are way up in the Andes. If you know what an arepa is (cornmeal patty, more or less) then picture this: take a raw arepa and fry it for a little while. Then remove it from the oil, cut it open like you would a pita more or less. Crack an egg into this hole, seal it up and throw it back in the fryer until the egg is cooked through. An art and a delicacy.

As with many of Bogotá’s restaurants, Puerto Colombia also has a daily lunch menu. For $10,000 pesos (USD$5.00) you get juice, soup, some kind of meat, carb (usually rice), some plantains (usually) and a small salad. It’s a filling lunch and the ones I have had are very much home-style Colombian cooking. In other words, nothing fancy, but definitely tasty.

If I were you, I’d visit this place while it’s still open and take a little trip to the coast…

Consider ordering any of the following:

  • Arepa de Huevo (with or without meat inside)
  • Quibbe (one day soon I’ll write about Colombia’s Middle Eastern immigrants and their heavenly culinary contributions)
  • Deditos de queso
  • Nispero and Zapote sorbete (not too sweet, thick and delicious)
  • Corozo, guayaba agria and tamarind juice
  • On Friday’s the set lunch menu is the coast’s traditional fried mojarra (a type of sea bream) and coconut rice. Good stuff.

PUERTO COLOMBIA

Cra. 9 # 73-09 (across the street from the Juan Valdez café in the JW Marriott)

211.3319

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4 Responses to Puerto Colombia – El Caribe más cerca

  1. ekamati108 says:

    Looks like somewhere I could try after a meeting this week at your office. That shake looks delicious!

  2. pixshatterer says:

    You can try Narcobollo as well, it is a place where you can find that type of food from the coast of Colombia – “frutera” food (“frutera” stands for fruit stand/shop since that fried food is usually sold along some fresh made fruit juice in those places) is a delicious guilty pleasure, and consumed plenty there in the coast as late hour meal after some drinks!

  3. pixshatterer says:

    Also, for the article about “Middle Eastern immigrants and their heavenly culinary contributions” you mentioned, Barranquilla is the place… it is the biggest city in the Colombian coast, and it has a heavy influence from middle eastern cuisine, specially lebanese cuisine… in Bogota, you can try “El Arabe” (kind of expensive, but really good), Zatar or Arabika(which is caribbean/lebanese fusion food) in Chapinero or “Al-Wadi” at La Macarena (good prices, good food)

    • dholguin says:

      Barranquilla is definitely the place for great Middle Eastern in Colombia. I really like Zatar in Bogotá! I’ve only been to Al-Wadi once but it was also pretty tasty. Thanks for commenting!

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