Casa San Isidro

 

Casa San Isidro - photo via Casa San Isidro

Casa San Isidro – photo via Casa San Isidro

Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

Monserrate is one of Bogotá’s most well-known and visible land marks.  At 10,340 feet you have a great view of the city’s 9 million inhabitants.  The top of the mountain is accessible by one of the steepest cable cars I’ve ever been.  Built in the 1950’s by Swiss engineers, it almost feels like taking an elevator up to the top.  The view is one of the most incredible views I’ve ever seen in my life.  The earliest settlers of Bogotá built a church on the top, which was built in the 1650’s.  If you are thinking to yourself, “They should put a restaurant on top of this mountain that overlooks the city”, then you would be right.  In fact the eating experience begins before you even get on the cable car where patrons of Casa San Isidro are given a shot of whiskey before taking the ride to the top.

Iglesia de Monserrate

Iglesia de Monserrate

Restaurante Casa San Isidro

Restaurante Casa San Isidro

There are a few different eating options on top of the mountain, the Casa Santa Clara and the place we chose which was Casa San Isidro.

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The inside of Casa Isidro was as cozy as they come.  It reminded me of the cottage from Snow White and Seven Dwarfs.  There was a crackling fireplace, and piano in the corner.  Everything was aged wood, but in great shape.  The lighting was turned down a bit, so that the views of the city would be unhindered.  Throughout the night we saw a lot of couples come through.  I imagine this was the go to place for date night.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

The menu has your typical Steak house fare with a few South American elements sprinkled in.  You can find it online here.  I got the ball rolling with a small pot of French onion soup.  It had a few crustinis on the inside, and covered with cheese.  Pretty typical offering, it tasted pretty good.

Veloute de champignons avec croquettes du fromage bleu

Veloute de champignons avec croquettes du fromage bleu

This was a delicious mushroom appetizer dish that one of our party members tried.  It was great.  I should probably note here that the dollar is really strong right now in Colombia.  I suspect this appetizer cost us about $6 which for a fine dining restaurant of this caliber, was really affordable.  All of the food I had during my several visits to Colombia have been very well priced.

Yummy Shrimp dish

Yummy Shrimp dish

Surf and Turf

Surf and Turf

I went with the surf and turf.  It tasted fantastic.  It came with a serving of lobster and steak along with a side of balsamic tomatoes and steak fries.

Salmon

Salmon

Preparing the bananas foster

Preparing the bananas foster

The highlight of the night was the desserts.  This place was fantastic.  As you can see, the bananas foster in mango sauce was all done step by step table side.  Watching it being put together just made me more and more hungry.  The end result was marvelous.

Bananas Foster in Mango Sauce and Ice Cream

Bananas Foster in Mango Sauce and Ice Cream

My dessert wasn’t quite the spectacle as the bananas but it was pretty close.  I was presented a plate with piping hot chocolate cake, and a thick layer of chocolate on top.  My server came out with a kettle of steaming hot chocolate which he poured over the cake, melting the chocolate sheet and covering the entire cake in liquid hot chocolate magma.

Chocolate lava cake

Chocolate lava cake

Great food, Great people, and a view that literally can’t be topped.  In the opinion of this still very much Colombia noob, Casa San Isidro is in a fantastic spot and provides a great dining experience.

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