Rafael

Bogotá, Chapinero Centro

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 90%
  • Food 85%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 85%
  • Logistics 95%

Restaurant Details
Restaurant Details
Rafael
Locale: Bogotá, Chapinero Centro
Address: Calle 70 # 4-63
Telephone: +57 1 2554138
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Peruvian
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Ceviche - Aquachile, Coffee, Desserts, Pasta, Rice - Risotto, Seafood, Sushi
Hours:
Lun-Sab: 12:30pm - 3:30pm & 7:30pm - 11pm, Sun: Closed,


Review Summary
Overall, the meal was very good. Reasonable prices, about as expected for this quality of food in this ambiance.

The full review for Rafael

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.4 stars Review Date: 08/07/2017

Visits to two Rafael Osterling’s restaurants, Rafael, in both Lima and Bogotá, has confirmed his place among the elite restaurateurs of Latin America.

Everything in his restaurants, from décor to music, are what today’s consumers are seeking in a fine dining experience. His ability to hire and train the right personnel is key to his success.

His menu is no more complex than necessary, an array of dishes that his crew of chefs have the ability to prepare competently.

The fish croquettes I was served at Rafael were what I’ve been looking for, but rarely received, at other Latin American restaurants, a slightly chunky filling, well-seasoned, with a crisp exterior. They likely used panko to get this ultra-crisp crust on the croquette. A delicious Asian curry sealed the deal.

The main course was a flaky white sea bass, perfectly seared, accompanied by a few sea scallops in a sweet banana purée, sitting on a slightly crisp tacu tacu, in Osterling’s signature green chili and cilantro “Piruano” salsa. This was a well-orchestrated dish with an array of complimentary flavors. It was both tart and sweet, with varying textures. My only complaint would be that the scallops were not seared, which would have added both flavor and texture to that element of the dish.

For dessert, I had the caramelized pears, with a toffee panna cotta and an oatmeal crumble. It was an acceptable dessert, but I wouldn’t order it again. The dish would have benefited had the panna cotta been served chilled.

It just fell short of the level acquired with the two savory courses. Perhaps a crunchier crumble with some nutmeg or cinnamon to add one more note to the dish would have lifted it to that next level. This was a good dessert, just not a great one, in my opinion.

Service was attentive, the waiter was able to answer all questions about the menu and the Peruvian cuisine. Although you can't make reservations through a third-party reservation service there is a form on the restaurant's website for making reservations, but no immediately confirmation is available. The restaurants does post a menu with prices on the website, and of course, a menu is available for viewing on our website.

Rafael in Bogotá wasn't quite the phenomenal experience that the visit to the Lima restaurant delivered, but it was admirable, and certainly sufficient to put Rafael among the top five upscale dining options in Bogotá. This, and Gaston Acurio's more casual cebichería, La Mar, are the best options for Peruvian cuisine in Bogotá.


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