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Smokehouse Splendors – La Fama

 

 

Once you enter the barbecue haven of La Fama you are immediately immersed in the scent of savory sweet smoke emanating from the open kitchen.  La Fama aims to please with authentic US barbecued meats with comforting sides – and they succeed.

 

This is not barbacoa or parrillada or fritanga – this is barbecue Norteamericano – organic meat that’s smoked for eight hours by “Steve – from Brooklyn” before sizzling on the grill, side dishes like a dense and delish mac & cheese and tangy cole slaw and zippy BBQ beans make your mouth water before you even taste them. And the choice cuts of beef, tender pulled pork and succulent BBQ chicken really zing. Several choices of incredible house-made sauces are provided in squeeze bottles right next to the roll of paper towels on every table.    

 

 

Taking the name from traditional butcher shops, La Fama also makes Colombian choices like chorizo (sausage), chicharron (pork cracklings), morillo (hump) and costillas (baby back ribs) into new favorites of the US picnic, which is exactly where eaters will feel like they are with the wooden tables, pumping R&B, convivial environment, great food, cocktails and a lot of finger licking. Be sure to save room for a Southern-style desert like pecan or key lime pie!       

 

La Fama BBQ

65 Bis No. 2 – 85

Tel.: 236.3488

 

Appetizers: $10,000 to $15,000

Sides:      $8,000 to $14,000

Meats:      $15,000 to $26,000

Deserts: $9,000

Cocktails:  $16,000 to $22,000

Beer: National - $5,500 to $7,000/Imported: $8,000 to $9,000

Wines: $15,000 (glass) to $78,000 (bottles)

Sparkling: $80,000 to $290,000

Soft Drinks: $3,000 to $5,000

 

Breaking Bread – masa delivers the (baked) goods…and more

When chef Silvana Villegas, and her sister Mariana opened masa in Bogota’s Zona G in November 2011, it was with much anticipation.  Both from the group of owners, and expectant clients who watched as the sleek, glass encased space, rose from the ground.  A new building and a new – what?  Restaurant, bakery, Juan Valdez?  To our relief, it wasn’t another JV, but a new concept (at least for Bogota) that combined multiple concepts into one airy and delightful space.

Breakfast is fast and straightforward with selections like a fruit bowl, granola, pancakes, frittata or eggs prepared your way.    

At lunch and supper time, visitors will delight at being able to see the various ultra-fresh salad and sandwich ingredients displayed and organized in the cool counter behind a clear glass shield where the master assembler awaits to create her magic.  And salad lovers can combine any and all of these ingredients into their personal mix.  There is something comforting about being able to see the beautiful colors and textures of the carefully sourced vegetables, knowing that they have been handled with care (unlike at other quicky shops that seem to be procreating faster than rabbits across the city). 

There are three types of sandwiches available: the traditional French open-faced Tartine, with choices of smoked salmon, portobello mushroom, veggie or roast beef.  Cold options include ham and emmanthal cheese, tuna or prosciutto. If your in the mood for something hot, try the turkey (so rare to find in Bogota), comforting grilled ham & cheese or the wild mushroom mix.  All sandwiches have been designed to be served on a specific type of bread like pita, rustic Italian or wheat with nuts and grapes. 

The freshly prepared soup changes daily, but it is always a safe bet that it will be something scrumptious, like the spinach we tried. 

Unfortunately, the masters at masa have yet to develop gluten free options.  This is particularly troubling since the selection of freshly baked loafs such as challah and sourdough are all-too-tempting, most especially (for this writer) the olive bread!

Another nightmare for GF people is the stunning array of pastries that masa does so well.  Perhaps the best – and we don’t declare that lightly – almond croissant in all of Bogota can be enjoyed here.  Fluffy, not too flaky, with just the right amount of almond paste and covered, no – smothered – in perfectly roasted almonds.  There is also a dense chocolate cake, cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, Italian lemon merengue tart and the most amazing pistachio cherry tartlet!  Red and green never looked – or tasted – so good together.

Being a Colombian café, masa also prepares delicious coffee drinks, a wide variety of fresh juices, teas and aromaticas.

A great place for take-out, sit in or alfresco dining, masa has made its mark on Bogota, and our collective taste buds.

masa

Calle 70 # 4-83

Tel: 211.0899

www.somosmasa.com 

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Price (COP): $4.000 to $25.000