El Abeto

Bogotá

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El Abeto

El Abeto is an unpretentious soul food restaurant that is most popular for its lunch menus. You can order a la carte or take the standard lunch option, which actually means creating your dish out of a ridiculous number of options. Always fun and a great place to experience an authentic Colombian lunch hour.

Dining

Colombia's most quintessential dish is Bandeja paisa — a full meal that carries the name of the Paisa Region. It comes in a wide variety of interpretations, but usually consists of two types of sausage, ground beef, rice and red beans, chicharrón (fried pork rind), an arepa, a plantain, a slice of avocado and a fried egg to top it all off. You are going to find these ingredients again and again in every traditional restaurant. As any modern metropolis, Bogotá offers upscale restaurants where celebrity chefs use avant-garde techniques and carefully selected ingredients. Some chefs apply their tremendous skills to celebrating their country's history and reviving indigenous food culture. Lastly, Asian food has conquered the hearts of Bogotanos. You'll find plenty of curries from all over the Asian continent, chewy noodles and delicate wontons.