Out for Lunch

 I met Joel at International House this afternoon. He had a class to teach from 9 a.m. – 1p.m.  When I arrived, they were on the patio eating chocolate cake and drinking Coke.  The cake was pretty decent for a Colombian torta; usually they are very dry and unappealing, but this one had a mint filling that moistened it.

 

We left the Dia de los Ninos celebration / snack and headed to La Septima (carrera #7). Workers were setting up giant, artificial Christmas trees in the main square, where the pigeons and people were swirling about.  We continued north, certain to be accosted by some waiter telling us that we should eat at his restaurant. After two blocks we were not disappointed.  Strangely enough, our waiter was not decked out in a halloween costume, like the others (sporting Viking helmets and wigs, etc. ).

We went for the ejecutive menu, because it sounded decent, and because it was the least expensive plate. Even after Joel asked the waiter what the difference was between the two platos de carne, he didn’t quite understand the description, so we played it safe and ordered chicken.

Sancocho

The soup was alright. . . you can always add aji to liven it up. The chunks of yuca were a bit gooey, and it’s going to take some time for me to get used to eating corn-on-the-cob in a bowl of liquid.

Pechuga, frijoles, yuca, rice, ensalada de tomate y cebolla

The plate was typical: starches, beans and meat.   Joel thought the chicken was quite decent.

When the waiter set the salad plate on the table, I almost laughed; it was 2 slices of tomato with a mess of what looked like raw white onion.  Surprise! The onions were delicious; they must have marinated them.

7.500 COP each   plato ejecutivo

Overall, I can’t complain about the meal, but you can probably get something just as good for 4.000 cop elsewhere. It was nice to get a break from my own kitchen and spend some time deeper in the city.

Restaurante Pimientos

Calle 12A No. 6-82 * Bogota D.C.

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