My parents have been living in Medellin for a while, and whenever we go, a lot of eating goes down, and it always starts at the hotel. Full disclosure, my dad is the GM of the InterContinental Hotel there. I have a soft spot for the place, but it really is a beautiful hotel with a couple of lovely restaurants
A few years ago, they added a small wine bar, La Cava. It is small, intimate, and modern and has fantastic service, which might include a tableside wine aeration presentation to ensure your wine has optimal flavor.
With the waitstaff at La Cava
In addition to the lovely wine service, they also offer a seasonal, four-course tasting menu. The “creations” on the tasting menu represent more creative and experimental dishes than you’ll find at the hotel’s other restaurants (which have delicious offerings, nonetheless.) As with a lot of experimental menus, there are hits a misses. Among our selections on our last trip, Greg ordered a beef rib terrine in which the flavors just didn’t quite come together – sweet and savory notes were unbalanced and competing with each other with a slightly funky result. There was also an octopus dish that was slightly overcooked, but had lovely flavor.
The pluses, however, by far out weighed the minuses. I had a beautiful tomato soup with prawns topped with a crispy cornbread crostini, and a delicately flavored black dab cooked in squid ink and topped with tomatoes and avocado. I most enjoyed a dish of shrimp sautéed in butter and garlic with a creamy cheese pudding.
My pear tart dessert was also quite delicious. Overall, we’ve always had wonderful experiences at La Cava, and the most surprising part is that the four course menu (which also includes a couple of palate cleansers) comes out to about $25 USD.
For an extra treat, the restaurant also offers a tableside salad preparation. The Serrana Salad includes just about everything but the kitchen sink, but results in an umami-filled mélange. In the following video, our waiter, the most wonderful Rodrigo, demonstrates the preparation.
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I focused on La Cava here, but the Hotel’s main restaurant, El Fogon de Piedra, should not be overlooked. The hot stone mixed grills are delicious. Here is a sampling of the offerings:
Read about previous trips here and here.