Bogotá has recently become a gastronomic hub boasting all types of restaurants and dining experiences, but with a particular emphasis on Asian, Peruvian, and Italian cuisine. The tantalizing flavors of China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and India have taken the restaurant scene by storm, and Bogotanos have welcomed the arrival of Asian food with open arms. Wok, Watakushi, and P.F. Chang’s are just a small sampling of this new trend. Specializing in ethical dining, sushi, and American-Asian fusion, respectively, these three restaurants will be sure to satisfy your hunger for a different kind of meal.
At Wok, you can sample Asian cuisine while becoming better acquainted with Colombian culture. After 17 years in Bogotá, Wok has achieved a wonderful balance between haute cuisine and sustainable dining. The restaurant sources local ingredients whenever possible and promotes sustainable farming and fishing practices. Once you’ve developed a taste for sustainable foods, you’ll be even more surprised with the mix of tradition and innovation created with every dish. Expect ramen, beef gyozas, curry, lychee drinks, and a wide selection of sushi. Dishes at Wok are presented in a clean, minimalist style, all in keeping with the latest culinary trends.
Watakushi, located in the “T Zone” of Bogotá’s Zona Rosa, is one of the city’s best-known gastronomic spots. Created with a unique acoustic design, you can talk the night away without worrying about noise levels as the crowds arrive. The kitchen favors more daring creations, but rest assured, you won’t leave without eating your fair share. Portions are gigantic and ingredients diverse. The restaurant offers nearly 50 different kinds of sushi rolls, not to mention another 50 nigiri and sashimi dishes to choose from.
The colossal P.F. Chang’s arrived in Colombia in 2013, bringing with it its North American influence and the gigantic horses that guard the entrance at both the El Retiro and Santa Bárbara locations. In just a few short years, P.F. Chang’s has established itself as one of Bogotá’s most prestigious spots for Asian cuisine. The strong American influence is evident in the preparation, so you’ll find crispy dishes abound. The wontons and the tuna crisps come highly recommended. Appetizers like the dynamite shrimp and lettuce wraps with chicken and shitake mushrooms are further evidence of American tastes. The summer menu at P.F. Chang’s is full of similar fusion dishes. Look out for the caramelized strips of Mongolian beef and the incredible orange peel chicken—tender chicken pieces cooked with orange shavings. For dessert, check out the strawberry cheesecake. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, there are plenty of small dishes to choose from, along with a wine and cocktail menu. The restaurants are, without a doubt, some of the finest dining establishments for Asian cuisine in Bogotá.
Among the wide array of dining options in Bogotá, Asian food is one of your best options for exploring all that the city has to offer. Run, don’t walk, to one of these fine establishments as soon as you get the chance.