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“Excellent Colombian food at El Retiro”

Ranked #3 of 31 Restaurants in Retiro
Cuisines: Colombian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful restaurant. I loved every detail!!!

The name of the restaurant is a play on the term arepa, which is like a bread made of corn flour, very typical of Venezuela and Colombia, and a phrase that means “what shall I do to make you fall in love with me”, all the words united in a single word. (Que haré para enamorarte).

The restaurant is like a typical paisa little house, with a wood burning oven and a “parrilla” (a barbecue grill), and an open traditional kitchen.

We tried several dishes (but we really would have liked to try them all!!).

The menu is like culinary poetry.
As appetizers we ordered the Parentela de Empanadas (assorted fried turnovers), Chicharrón Carrillero (fried pork skin) Patacones de Plátano Verde (twice fried green plantain) y Albondiguitas con Exigencias del Señor Obispo (little meatballs as requested by the Bishop).

For main course we had Carnita Asada de Mister Adams, which included a spectacular piece of pork, baked beans, rice with sweet plantains and corn and a tomato relish.

We also shared a Fantasia de Clorofila, which was a spectacular salad with lettuce, avocado, olives, almonds, tiny sweet peas, green beans, tomato, celery, cilantro and a beautiful vinaigrette.

For dessert we had a Pecadito Criollo con Sabor de Leña, which is a small warm chocolate cake baked in the wood burning oven with coconut ice cream.

Everything was scrumptious and the server was marvelous.

I think this is a perfect way to try elevated simple Colombian food. They say they offer “Comida Criolla de Dedo Parado”.

When a fancy lady drinks her tea, she would stick her little finger away from the cup, to show how elegant she is. This would be to drink her tea “con el dedo parado” (with her finger sticking out).

Therefore the food here is Colombian Food to be eaten with your finger sticking out.

Thank Luciafernandez62
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

This is a restaurant whose owner is a gourmet, therefore he makes sure that the food is done as it should be. Colombian first class food served in an ambiance accordingly. The serifice is very good directed by Elly. You will be made to feel at home from the moment you walk in. The bar can be a lot of fun and there´s a regular crowd that will inmediately take you in. There are various specialities and they change daily. If you are close by don´t miss it.

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Thank Carlos S
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Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

My family and i have considered this restaurant for family celebrations due to its great location, easy parking and outstanding servers- although this is still all true, this past Saturday we had noticed a huge decline on the quality of the food- the steaks although the most expensive in the menu, they were tasteless- the soups are lacking seasoning - in the desserts department, the obleas were delicious- if they don't do quality control, we are not going back- sad to see a restaurant of this high level, start decreasing the quality of their dishes:(

Thank farichocolo
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Reviewed 11 February 2017

It use to be the best place for me when I was living in Medellin, this time I went with my girlfriend and her parents, service was amazing the food, better than ever, I just miss Elizabeth this time but hope to see her again next time. Thank you for having this amazing place in the same way.

Thank Camilo C
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

The couple traveling with us had to leave a day early so we made a last minute decision to go to this place. A 36 minute drive from Pablado definitely worth it, they were closed when we arrived but opened early for us. We enjoyed the Empanaditas (small empanadas) with 4 sauces to choose from. We also enjoyed the Sausage plate, Solomito, Fajas de Sobrebarriga a la brasa con salsa tejo, Morrillo monteriano, the latter was similar to our Pot Roast but very tender an not dry at all. Our driver/tour guide/ body guard Andres Felipe told us only the grandmothers make this type of food anymore. Andres +57 300 426-4861 was extremely helpful and is well versed on the city and it's offerings. We liked the La Flor Malbec, probably one of the best we tried during our 2 week stay in Colombia. This was 2.5 hour lunch that turned out to be the best we had, don't miss it.

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Thank Eric D
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