MASA opened on a very auspicious day – 11/11/11 – and is now offering such an overwhelming array of baked goods that you might just end up overeating – it’s very possible and I say that from experience. It’s impossible to not want to try everything.
Silvana is a CIA-trained chef (that’s the Culinary Institute of America) who returned to Colombia after a stint in New York city to open this spot with her sister Mariana. The place has only been open a few weeks and has already been nominated for Best New Restaurant by vive.in.
Breakfast and brunch are perhaps my favorite meals. An assorted bread basket, an airy frittata with asparagus, an egg, bacon and cheese sandwich, a fresh fruit salad, coffee and juice – it’s the best way to start the day. As far as the juices go, I’ve become a huge fan of the Chicha de Patilla – watermelon juice, with chunks of watermelon and a secret ingredient.
Then lunch: a warm bowl of soup, a sandwich, a salad? So far everything I’ve tried has been fresh and satisfying, including the take-away salad I picked up last week for lunch. Or the spinach soup, open-faced smoked salmon sandwich, and sinful chocolate cake I had the week before that.
And then dessert. You’ll notice something at Masa – that little voice in the back of your head whispering ever so softly: chocolate chocolate chunk cookies, home made doughnuts, a giant slice of chocolate cake, carrot cake, almond croissant, pistachio tart, cupcakes? I don’t know about you, but the little voice in the back of my head is very, very persuasive.
Aside from the food, the space is warmly decorated with a communal table and ample covered outdoor seating with a heater so you can watch the activity in Bogotá’s Zona G. The carefully selected music playing in the background also lends an important touch to the making of a really welcoming spot.
I see a bright future for Masa and the young girls at the helm of this operation, and I for one look forward to being around as they perfect every detail, a finger-licking work in progress, and add to Bogotá’s growing, diverse food scene.
Calle 70 # 4-83