nice little spot tucked into the heart of downtown
Posted on 01 / 02 / 2012
This is a really cool little place! It took me forever to find it since the map is a few blocks off - hopefully fixed now - and I was wandering through the wrong Centro Commercial asking all the underwear sellers where the vegetarian restaurant was (awkward).
I did find it eventually by calling and it's a very neat place... you need to walk inside the Centro Commercial Cafetero as indicated in the write-up, and you'll see it tucked in on the left-hand side with retro-type diner furnishings. The owners are related in some way to the Palsased crew, and the food is similar - traditional style Colombian veg lunches, quite hearty if a bit on the bland side (ask for salt and hot sauce). Great tamales as mentioned, and a fun place to sit and people watch. It's also got quite a history and is one of the oldest veg spots in the city. There is also a little tienda attached, but they seem to focus a bit more on beauty supplies and less on veg products.
Note that there is another entrance on the other side of the building, once you are familiar with it it's one of the most convenient places to grab a quick bite in the city. Check this place out if you're in the area!
very central, cheap, friendly
somewhat bland, a bit hard to find, not open late