This past Friday night after happy hour, we decided to finally try Colombian Grace. It was a beautiful evening for a walk and it was nice to get away from the motorcycle noise. When we first got there, there weren't many people there and I was disappointed for them. However, that changed within 10-15 min, with one party after another coming in. It is lovely inside, colorful with a great vibe. For an app, we got a beef and a cheese empanada (a rare treat for us). They were delicious! For an entree, CaptBonez got the Artisan Tamales wrapped in banana leaves. He thought it was okay but probably wouldn't order it again--he does not blame the restaurant for that, he just felt it wasn't the right choice for him. Actually, the same thing happened to me. I try to limit red meat consumption and carbs, mainly eating seafood and chicken. I went against my "norm" and got the Bandeja Paisa. My dish included: Red beans, white rice, chorizo, fried pork belly, shredded beef, sweet plantain, green plantain, one fried egg, and one little white corn cake with cheese. I took one bite of the chorizo, the rest went to Bonez...one bite of the fried pork belly (WAY too fatty), the rest went to Bonez, and the fried egg went directly to Bonez. (CaptBonez really enjoyed my entree, lol). The shredded beef, I liked (as I do in Cuban restaurants) and the rest was fine. I'm not a huge carnivore and I made a bad choice "for me". We wouldn't hesitate to try it again and choose something else (which for me, will be seafood). There was only one real disappointment and I hate to call it that. There were two choices for dessert: lemon pie and a chocolate caramel cheesecake. We just thought those two desserts could be on a menu anywhere and were hoping for a dessert with a Latin American flair. However, we did decide to split the lemon pie. Up until that point, service was spot-on (and we NEVER wanted for water). We seemed to wait quite a while for dessert--another woman (we're thinking either an owner or a manager) came over to take our dessert order and we told her we already ordered the lemon pie. She then informed us that they were out of it, apologized, and then told our waitress. The other woman came back with a piece of the cheesecake, apologized again, and told us it was on the house. We thanked her profusely and already knew we were coming back regardless of whether or not they charged us for the pie--but it was a wonderful, professional gesture.
The REAL bad news: They will be closed for vacation from 9/21 (tomorrow) until Goombay Festival (10/22).