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Book ahead to avoid missing out on a superior culinary experience at Carmen Cartagena, the closest thing you'll find to restaurant perfection in Cartagena.
Having the best restaurant in Medellin would be good enough for most restaurateurs but Rob Pevitts and his muse, Carmen Angel, couldn't resist the challenge of pulling off the same culinary feat in Cartagena.
They did it.
A swanky relocation to a larger private premises in late 2016 saw Carmen's status rise to stratsopheric levels of fabulousness. There new abode now sits proudly in the hub of Cartagena's gourmet trail and is dressed to the nines in cosmopolitan Tom Dixon furnishings and leafy palm trees.
The couple have crafted an intelligent menu that fuses Asian cuisine with the freshest local ingredients prepared with an impressive array of contemporary culinary techniques.
Go all out with the city's most accomplished tasting menu, a constantly evolving voyage of sensational flavours, matched expertly with some standout New World wines.
We seriously suggest you set aside time for the five- or seven-course taste sensation Carmen's tasting menu is an edible must to stick on your Cartagena bucket list.
If you don't have time for the main event, try a short-hand, culinary treat and choose from the slow-cooked octopus or a smoking tiradito - thin strips of marinaded fish - prepared with carbonized coconut or the mouth-tingling tacos.
Follow it up with the duck confit glazed in wild blackberries served with duck sausages served on carrot and arracacha mash with black truffle vinaigrette or a tender pork medley glazed in tangy, tamarind sauce.
Somebody has to order the sublime version of a popular Cartagena fish dish - Pargo Platero - red snapper prepared with a crust of cachaça fermented pineapple.
Served in a smooth yellow curry with Colombian yam and sweetened with black tempura banana, lychee chimichurri and a touch of coriander, the tasty fish platter is testimony to Carmen's dictum that "love is in the details".
Save room for five, 5-star artisan ice cream combos for dessert.
* The five-course tasting menu is USD$99.75 with wine - USD$79.75 without (service included)
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* An accomplished menu packed with complex taste sensations.
* Attention to detail that goes beyond most other restaurants.
* Truly creative cocktails that will knock your socks off.
* The Granadilla Pisco Sour with apple liquor and fresh granadilla juice, for instance.
* The kind of top-table service associated with the industrious people of Medellín.
* A tasting menu that is a must.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* It's not cheap. Mains range from USD$25 to USD$35 but the food lives up to its price tag.
* It may not have hit the heights of Carmen's flagship in Medellin but it's getting close.
* Carmen have opened up, Moshi, an equally delicious Japanese inspired kitchen in the same venue.
* You need to book ahead at weekends to avoid missing out on a table.