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Casa Medina

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Elaborate dishes such as medallions of trout smothered in fennel and onion are lovingly prepared at this upmarket eaterie. The restaurant is housed in a stately boutique hotel which was built in 1945 as a private mansion and has been declared a national monument. The dining rooms are strewn with antiques imported by aristocratic Bogotano families.

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  • Credit cards accepted.
  • No lunch.
Updated: 02-21-2013

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    I don't speak Spanish well, but the waiter was friendly and patient with me, he spoke a little English. We also arrived very late and close to closing time, but they accommodated us anyway. There are some good wines that are reasonably priced, similarly priced in the US. The first wine I ordered, from France, Saint Emillion, was not available, we instead ordered a Cote du Rhone and got a Chateauneuf du Pape. I was afraid of being rude and so late that I don't take a proper look at the wine list. It was a small list and there were mostly South American wines or French wines, about half and half of each. Our meal was very good. However, I ordered the pork chops and they came out too done; I didn't know how to ask to prepare them otherwise. I told the waiter after the meal, he seemed concerned and offered to rectify it. I was not very hungry anyway and declined his offer. We started with Scallops and Clam Chowder. The chowder was quite different than I'm used to in the US, but it was still very nice. My companion enjoyed the scallops with spinach very much. He had a chicken dish that he also enjoyed. I had a pork tenderloin with apple sauce, they called it apple puree, and red cabbage. Other than it being too done, it was very good. We did not have dessert.
    It is connected to a hotel; the hotel staff is very helpful and courteous as well.
    They played American music in the restaurant, mostly romantic songs. There were flowers (orchids) on every table in a very unique vase. Because it was so late, we were among the only people in the restaurant. The decor is also nice and traditional. While not my style, I found the interior space to be very lovely and comfortable. There are also very many nice restaurants in the same block, and one block toward the mountain, as this place. It seems to me that the wealthy live in this neighborhood.

    by edortega19, 11/7/09

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