An (almost) exclusive ceviche menu is hardcore proof that this restaurant is by no means an amateur bystander in the ceviche game in Cartagena.
Ask anyone, including heavy hitting food critics from the likes of Conde Nast Traveller and Travel + Leisure, if they've tasted lime-cured seafood in Cartagena with the same panache as Colmenares. The answer is no.
His refreshing coconut ceviche, vegetable ceviche, the succulent grilled octopus served with organic potatoes or the king prawns grilled with butifarra, a spicy local sausage, and quail's eggs, served on a hot rock, are sublime additions to the worldwide ceviche conversation going on at the moment.
There is almost too much to choose from here, but our lunchtime go-to fave is the refreshing coconut ceviche that kicks the sticky heat of the day to the curb.
Snuggle up here in the evening with your other half and gorge on their lip-smacking selection of warm ceviches that seal the michelin-worthy reputation of the owners, Oscar Colmenares and Viviana Díaz.
Marea by Rausch
Colombia’s most famous chefs always hit a high note when it comes to packing some serious ceviche punch, so expect no less when you are wining and dining at Marea by Rausch.
Their Trio de Ceviches showcases the most superior techniques of contemporary Colombian cuisine.
Feast on the catch of the day soaked in a spicy pepper sauce, succulent octopus and crab-style prawns. Truly exemplary stuff, the fish here is perfectly cooked and marinated, leaving it with a lovely opaque finish that glints in the sunlight.
Wash down all three with a glass of crisp vino blanco from their excellent wine list.
The only sour note is that there is currently no main course ceviche option on the menu.
A capacious, colonial hot spot in Cartagena with an innovative mojito ceviche that will leave you spinning.
It's hard to understand - or explain - how a Mojito Ceviche works, but Cuba 1940's original spin on a classic is a must-try for anyone wanting to take an interesting turn on the traditional ceviche trail.
The slick slithers of white fish and red onion are the only ingredients that stay loyal to Peruvian's national dish. The rum is the Cuban headliner, blasting a boozy punch to your meal, and the crispy patacones on top give just enough Cartagenero flavour to keep the locals appeased.
With the brains behind Cartagena's prime Peruvian offering, La Perla, El Kilo's crack at the ceviche whip was always going to be hit a perfect 10.
If you thought that ceviche was just someone rustling up some raw fish rubbed in lime, then you'll be in for a big surpirse when you set your eyes on this menu.
Unlike many restaurants, El Kilo lets you create your own ceviche combo, by pairing different types of fish with a unique selection of sauces. All of which will are tastebud ticklers that have garnered a loyal following from the Carribean jetset hungry for a nouveau swing on their favourite dish.
Their mouth watering selection of options is testiment to how serious these guys are about there product, and boy, it sure tastes as good as it looks.
The signature El Kilo ceviche, which consists of lime-tanned fish battered in a sour cream and yellow pepper dressing, is its very own star in the making.With the lulo fuit option going in at a very close second, having left us in a too-stunned-to-speak silence as we licked our spoons.
Take the Cartagena Ceviche Taste Test
Why not take your ceviche obsession up a notch? Take the Ceviche Taste Test with This is Cartagena and learn more about your favourite fish dish.
This unique tour has been designed for those curious to take their ceviche appreciation to the next level. You'll get to talk to chefs, take home special recipes and try out the signature dishes of all of our favourite places (we've still got a few secrets up our sleeve).
* Five ceviche taste sensations in three different restaurants
* A glass of wine, a cocktail and a glass of local fizzy pop (or non-alcoholic fruit juices)
* A hooked up bilingual guide to show you the best places to eat and drink in Cartagena en route
* An introduction to how to make ceviche from a local ceviche maestro
* Meet the holder of the world record for the world’s largest ceviche
* Three fresh fish recipes to take home with you
USD$55 per person (price based on a minimum of two people)