How To Eat and Dine Like A Pescatarian in Cartagena, Colombia With Image Gal!By Samantha von Sperling | November 20, 2017 | Travel
Being vegan in Cartagena is not so easy. Yet, being Pescatarian is a breeze! Situated on the Caribbean coastline, Cartagena has a wealth of fresh seafood to offer, and a long culinary tradition of seafood. So when my brilliant and charming cousin Camilo Porras, who organized Cartagena’s first ever Restaurant Week, invited me to have lunch at a new local restaurant, I was delighted!
The restaurant is called Pezetarian, located at the Segunda de Badillo St. So what do a couple of vegans turned fish eaters for a day dine on?
We started with Sopa de lentejas y curry – Curried lentil soup. If you’re looking for a vegan option, this curried lentil soup was very flavorful, had plenty of fresh vegetables and was absolutely delicious! If I had to rate in emojiΓÇÖs I would give this soup a thumbs up, a perfect, and a dancing girl! It also happened to be raining so the hot soup hit the spot!
We moved on to Sushi de At├║n (at├║n fresco, pepino, zanahoria, y wakame en salsa de wasabi dulce), which is sushi with fresh tuna cucumber carrot and seaweed in a mild wasabi sauce.
We also had Salm├│n (Salm├│n fresco marinado con aceite de s├⌐samo y soya, aguacate, pepino, semillas de ajonjol├¡, masago y ceboll├¡n). That’s fresh salmon marinated with sesame seed oil and soy sauce, with avocado with avocado cucumber black sesame seeds and chives.
The sushi rolls we ordered were well presented, and the fish was super fresh! Even though I am a hard-core vegan I made a tiny little exception to taste a bit of each role to see what this new restaurant was like for my fellow travelers whoΓÇÖs diet is less restricted.
I had been pescatarian four years before going vegan and I wish this new place had existed then!
Next was the Arroz de la Playa (Cangrejo en leche de coco, jengibre y curry, con aj├¡ dulce y cebolla larga) – Crab in coconut milk, ginger and curry mild aj├¡ and chives.
For nostalgic reasons, this dish was perhaps my favorite. It has a flavor that that is very local and very delicious, although I think the crab/rice ratio should be adjusted for more crab, less rice. I used to be absolutely mad about crab! If I was still eating animals I think I could have eaten the whole plate! The use of ginger in this dish was a very flavorful touch.
I will admit, the decor and service left a bit to be desired. I disliked the cafeteria-style service and decor featuring fluorescent yellow everywhere which cheapened the experience of a really delicious menu. Decor and service aside, the food here is really very good!
I am excited that Cartagena is introducing new restaurants with lighter, healthier options and in general exploring new influences to incorporate alongside more traditional recipes, creating even more tantalizing reasons to visit Cartagena!