It is an absolutely miserable day today in Bogotá…same as it has been for the last week or so. Fortunately, the memories of a wonderful meal are now distracting me from the cold weather, my sore throat and hoarse voice.
p.s. My apologies for the slightly blurry pictures…
The Agave Azul restaurant in Bogotá’s La Macarena lived up to my expectations and quite possibly surpassed them. I had read about it, heard about it, and finally I had to see for myself and I was not disappointed.
The night I went, there wasn’t a waiter or a waitress handing out a menu to choose from. Instead, a young cook emerged from the kitchen to tell us what was available that day. She took our order and popped back in the kitchen to prepare dinner.
Being the first time I had been to Agave Azul, I decided to try everything and everything was just right. The only thing I didn’t get around to were the Margarita’s which apparently are some of the best in town. They’ll simply have to be another incentive to go back…soon.
We started off the 5 course meal with Huitlacoche Dumplings – deep fried wonton wrappers stuffed with cheese and huitlacoche, the Mexican delicacy – black, tasty corn mold. The dumplings came with two sauces – habanero and jalapeño. Excellent.
These were followed by shrimp with a chipotle-spiked cabbage slaw all bundled up in a corn tortilla and finished with a squirt of lemon. Heaven.
Next came the main courses. First – the star dish for us – Cochinita Pibil. This is a staple dish from the Yucatán peninsula that involves pork which has been slowly and, quite obviously, lovingly cooked in orange juice, lemon juice, onions and achiote for a long time.
The pulled pork is then served in warm corn tortillas with a black bean sauce made with avocado leaves. The leaves come from a variety of avocado that only grows the size of an olive (Peresea drymifolia). These are imported by the owner from Mexico and give the sauce an irresistible subtle anise flavor and earthiness. Superb.
The next main was the Birria al estilo Jalisco. Also delicious, slow-cooked beef ribs in a rich tomatoey sauce with chiles and spices. This came accompanied with an onion/oregano mixture and lemon juice. Lovely.
The finale wasn’t necessarily grand but it was nice – a molten chocolate cake with mora sauce. The whole evening was relaxed and unpretentious, rounded out by the very attentive owner who walks from table to table ensuring that everyone is happy. She’s also thrilled to answer questions about anything on the menu or anything at all.
Important note: The small dining room only has six tables so reservations are a must.
I wish I could whisk myself off to Agave Azul to have a hearty dinner in this cold, rainy weather – but I’ll just have to feed off the warm memories until my next visit.
- Carrera 4a # 26b – 22 (new address – a few blocks from the previous location)
- Tel: 560-9480