As to be expected in a city geared towards business, there are a lot of great restaurants in Cali. The restaurants covered in this post were chosen by friends and family we visited. Two of my favorite restaurants in Cali, The Market and Litany, are both covered in their own posts.
To escape the heat of the city, a long drive up into the mountains towards Buenaventura and the edge of the city, there’s La Cabaña. This traditional Colombian restaurant has excellent meat and fish dishes at slightly high but reasonable prices. Marisol enjoyed her ajiaco while I had a succulent baby beef. They also have amazing chorizo.
Simón Parrilla has very good steaks and traditional Colombian food. There are two locations and we visited the one in the south of the city. The restaurant is in a large wooden building and featured a live band to entertain the diners, starting at around 9pm.
I had a baby beef steak and Marisol had a churrasco. We both enjoyed our meals very much, but this restaurant is also out of the way. It might be worth trying their branch in the northern part of the city near all the action.
If you visit Museo La Tertulia, Clowns Deli is attached to it. We didn’t eat but had a fresh grape smoothie. It was pretty good but service was very slow.
Epa la Arepa
We ate at one restaurant near Marisol’s sister’s house one night, Epa la Arepa. It had a menu full of arepa and patacón dishes among others. We had the patacón con todo (patacón with everything), which contained several types of meat, guacamole, and salsa. It was delicious but the patacón was a little too overcooked. It’s far out of the way so you probably shouldn’t bother coming in the first place.
Located in the food court of Jardín Plaza shopping center is Sushi Green. They have excellent sushi at reasonable prices, but service for us was terribly slow. It took over an hour to get five rolls of sushi.