Thought I would save the best for last. To be honest the food at La Vitrola kinda blew me away. I was trying to resist it considering it's probably one of the most well known restaurants in Cartagena and I had read about hard it was to get a table sometimes... all the hype. This was no hype, this was damn good food! And since this is low season so it wasn't too crowded.
First off, I'd like to say officially that this was the best mojito we had in Cartagena. We tried every mojito possible on our trip and this one was the one. (The mojitos at La Cevicheria came in second)
So now the food... we were very lucky to have our local friend Cata with us for dinner. She lives in Cartagena so of course knew what to order. We started by sharing the "ceviche con camarones", over you guessed it, fried plantains.... it was so creamy and good. We also tried the grouper carpaccio, which was so beautiful and too difficult to photograph, super thin slices of almost transparent raw white fish lightly finished with olive oil.
For mains, most of us went for fish. Their speciality is seafood and in particular this one fish. We tried it 2 different ways. Mine was the one with the orange sauce, which was a tamarind sauce. It was so amazing, a kind of sweet and sour taste which went so perfectly with the fish. I ate every single last bit on the plate. I seriously wanted to lick the plate! The shredded beef and the seafood risotto were both delicious.
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