Food is perhaps the greatest of all pleasures. It lifts the spirit, moves the senses, and introduces you to different cultures in a unique way. Therefore, when in Bogota, experiencing Peruvian food is a pleasure not to be missed. A night out in the Colombian capital is transformed by a visit to one of the best Peruvian restaurants in the city: 14 Inkas.
Suppose you decide to dine at their branch in Usaquén (their other is in Zona T). Walking along the cobbled streets, the first thing that you notice as you approach the restaurant is the bamboo roof and warm lighting beckoning you inside. Although the surroundings are minimalist and modern, the food and aromas evoke a sense of the traditional.
For the starter, try the sea bass skewer, seafood wonton, or the traditional South American snack, tequeños (breaded cheese sticks), which, although a simple, everyday dish, are absolutely to die for. Also, be sure not to miss the Peruvian classic, cebiche, which perfectly demonstrates the simple richness of Peru’s national cuisine with its short, yet delicious, list of ingredients: fresh fish, lime, and chopped onion. This dish will leave you feeling light and refreshed, but is also guaranteed to satisfy even the greatest of appetites. If you’re in the mood for something heavier, the beef tacu is sure to delight any meat lovers.
Although also showcasing Peruvian food, the menu at Nazca does present a few differences. The first is the location. On the corner of 74 and 5th Street, you will find a glass building with a mysterious entrance. Although it’s located on the ground level, the restaurant has the appearance of a basement due to its soft lighting and warm, inviting reds.
The starter menu includes both hot and cold dishes, like fresh scallops with melted cheese, deep fried sea bass, and the Peruvian specialty, causa de camarones (a potato dish with shrimp). For the main, you can choose from Nazca chowder, Peruvian salmon, spicy chicken, or Cuzco-style beef to name but a few of the tempting dishes on the menu. Whatever you decide to go for, it is guaranteed to have that special Peruvian touch that will make you want to visit time and time again. The restaurant offers exclusive benefits, like the chance to meet the chef and find out how he makes his famous cebiche. Exploring Peruvian food in Bogota is the perfect way to discover a national cuisine that embraces creativity and diversity while never losing sight of its traditions.