Andrés Carne de Res Restaurant – Colombia
Imagine Tim Burton organizing a carnival on acid, the end result… Andres Carne de Res – Fun fantasy, bizarre, pure energy… and it’s supposed to be a restaurant.
What makes this iconic Colombian restaurant so amazing is its ambiance.
First the decoration, full of the most random stuff and nick-knacks cram-packed from wall to wall!
Then you have the general buzzing vibe of the place where actors and entertainers in an assortment of costumes walk around the tables interacting with the clients. The whole restaurant is the stage.
Mix that with the large, oh-too-tasty drinks and you are guaranteed to have a great night.
Having just finished participating in an education fair in Bogotá, we had the night free so were recommended to go to a place called Andrés Carne de Res. Everyone said it is a MUST DO in Colombia and if you don’t go, you can’t say you have really experienced the country. Yes, that’s how well known the restaurant is.
A group of us got picked up from our hotel and off we headed not knowing where we were going or what to expect.
Personally, I was a bit worried at first because the van we were in started leaving the city and headed out into the dark countryside. My instant thought was “Where the hell are you taking us?” (random stereotypical flashes of kidnappings crossed my mind that are completely unfounded nowadays).
About 45 minutes later we arrived to the outskirts of a town called Chia where this iconic place pumps out unforgettable memories.
Our van parked amongst dozens of other vehicles across the road and you could already hear the throbbing music and laughter in the distance. Out the front of the restaurant there was a line of people waiting to buy a ticket to get in, and then another to actually enter. Yes, it gives you an idea of the popularity of this place where people don’t mind waiting an hour or so to get in.
As we entered through the main door, we were given a shot of Aguardiente, or was it tequila? Either way, it let us know what we were in for and helped contribute to what became a bit of a blurry night.
Party mode on!
You can get all your typical Colombian food on a menu that has page after page after yet another page of tempting delights.
The meat we ordered came out on hot metal plates. It could be left there to continue cooking to your desired preference and its juicy flavours and tenderness could easily rival any Argentine BBQ.
Then there were even more pages full of drinks. The wine list was impressive, with wines categorized into countries, then grape variety.
Warning: Beware of the Mojitos, a cocktail served in a wooden bowl that may cause blurred memories. Just saying!
The rounds of beer we ordered did initially take a while to come to the table, however the miraculous appearance of bottles of Aguardiente, Colombia’s favourite alcoholic drink, made the wait bearable, oh so bearable.
After indulging in food and drink many head to the large dance floor, or sometimes just spontaneously dance near their own table. Everything is permitted.
Tip: Make sure you walk around as much of the place as possible, not just your table or area. There are so many fascinating things to see.
If the wandering entertainers discovered that someone was having a birthday, a cake was brought to them with sparklers and a giant candle. Happy birthday would then be sung with trumpets and drums to accompany the tune.
I bet you won’t find anything like this in your home country.
And, if you think that I have been exaggerating, well let’s talk again once you’ve been yourself.
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