great food, super-friendly staff
Posted on 03 / 13 / 2008
A wonderful, unassuming restaurant with excellent food and a friendly staff.
el arbol de la vida offers a set menu of regional food:. when we visited, there was a first course of soup followed by a sauteed tofu dish accompanied by carmalized plantain, rice, a chocolo (sweet corn) patty, and salad. fresh fruit juice and later tea and desert were also served. The food was plentiful, delicious, and *very* reasonably priced (around 10000 pesos, about $5 american dollars).
we loved the food, and then became touched by the owner (who is also the cook). when we learned that tamales were available for take out, the owner prepared one for us. it too was authentic and delicious. later when my colombian partner recognized a tomate de arbol (a sweet tomato fruit) desert behind the counter, the owner offered it to us free of charge (and then asked if we wanted more). it too was delicious.
we will definitely return to this restaurant next time we visit medellin! by the way, the restaurant is located in a nice area of town (suramericana) worth a look around after lunch
great regional food, friendly staff, inexpensive