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Rafael

Bogotá . Chapinero

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 90%
  • Food (Execution) 85%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 85%
Details for Location Reviewed
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: Mon-Sat: 12:30pm to 3:30pm & 7:30pm to 11pm Sun Closed

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: Mon-Sat: 12:30pm to 3:30pm & 7:30pm to 11pm Sun Closed

Summary of Review

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

Summary of Review

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

Restaurant 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. He seems to have his finger on the public pulse. Everything in his restaurants, from décor to music are what today’s consumers are seeking in a fine dining experience. His ability to train hire and train the right personnel is the feather in his restaurateur bonnet.

His menu is no more complex than necessary. An array of dishes he and his crew of chefs have the ability to prepare

I’ve complained countless times about the lousy croquettes I’ve been served in Latin America on about two dozen occasions. But the fish croquettes I was served at Rafael were what I’ve been looking for. 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, a flaky white sea bass, perfectly seared, accompanied by a few sea scallops and a sweet banana puree sitting on a slightly crisp tacu tacu, in Osterling’s green chili and cilantro “Piruano” salsa. This is a well-orchestrated dish with an array of complimentary flavors. The banana puree offers the required sweetness. It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s delicious. My only complaint, the scallops were missing a much-needed sear on at least one side.

For dessert, I had the caramelized pears, with toffee panna cotta and an oatmeal crumble. An acceptable dessert, but I wouldn’t order it again. The dish would have benefited had the panna cotta been served chilled. The oatmeal crumble didn’t add much to the dish. Perhaps a crunchier, crumble with some nutmeg or cinnamon to add one more note to the dish. A good dessert, just not a great one in my opinion.

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