Restaurant Sabor Criollo
Via Hacienda el Paraiso km 7, Santa Elena, Colombia
+57-2-311 353 5340
Restaurant Sabor Criollo Santa Elena Reviews
Typical Valleucana food at Restaurant Sabor Criollo Oct 24, 2009
Located between Hacienda El Paraiso and the nearest bus stop, you'll drive in front of it no matter what.
Along the road there are a couple of restaurants, all offering typical food from the area. At the Hacienda a woman was promoting this restaurant and she even helped finding transportation. So, there we go.
The restaurant is a countryside type one. Table are sort of outdoors. Sort of, because you have a roof over your head; otherwise it would be too hot, but there are no walls. So everyone will get an amazing view of the valley. Don't think it'd be loud, it's so quiet here. The whole place is decorated with handicraft. This made me think the place would be a tourist trap, but fortunately it wasn't, it was more a familiar place.
Ok, let's talk about food. As offered there was complimentary local wine and toasted plantain with hogao (similar to pomarola) dip.
To drink there are sodas, beer, local wine (which is red and sweet), but nothing better than the natural juices. I tried a refreshing lulo one.
The menu is about local and typical food from the area: Cali Valley. This is what I could try:
-Sancocho Valleucano:local dish that consists in a soup, actually a broth with pieces of yuca and plantain. I'm not a very big fan of soups, unless they are full of flavor. Unfortunately this wasn't the case... but was ok for trying something new. Peruvian food has so much flavor, that I'm always expecting something with lots of spices... :P
The meat (could be chicken or pork) would come in another dish with sides: salad, potato, rice and hogao sauce. It was ok.
-Arroz Atollado: this wasn't my dish, but was able to try it. It comes in a small metal pot. Consists in wet rice with beef, pork and chicken, potato, sausage & toasted plantains as side. If you like the risotto, try this local version.
Portions were big, no room for dessert... Service was very good. The waiter was kind and even worried why I barely touched the soup, hahaha.
Don't know if this is the best restaurant in the area, but was a good place to try traditional food in a nice location in the valley.
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