by Ricardo Garcia
If you are steak and BBQ lover, “La Bonga del Sinú” is the place to be! Discover the secrets of Montería’s multicultural valley through this restaurant that amazingly recreates the Costeño(1) environment!
The original restaurant lies in Monteria, Cordoba, a small city near Colombia’s Pacific coast. The Sinú River flows through the city, stroking the Malecón(2), inspiring painters and poets alike. In the heart of this magical place, a huge Bonga tree shades the large, picturesque wooded house that is the restaurant … this is where the name and the history begin.
Now, fast-forward to the gorgeous Bonga located in the core of Bogota, surrounded by the coppery-green Andes and lit by the modern lights of the city. The landscape may have changed but the tradition lingers. Visit Bonga and you will find an awesome menu, confident that no dish will disappoint. This is the right place to try a “weirdo” plate with an unpronounceable name, something you’ve never seen or heard of before, brimming with traditional “comida costeña”. When you have first arrived, and are barely settled at your table, the waitress brings you platanitos(3) with suero. Oh, dear! This sweet and sour white cream is so good you will want to buy tons of it to mix and spread with even the most unimaginable meals.
La Bonga is, definitely, the place to eat a great steak and grab a beer while enjoying the idiosyncrasy of Colombia. So grab a bottle of rum and surround yourself with the sweet sound of Porro music (interpreted by great talents like: Banda Bajera de san pelayo, Juancho Torres y su orquesta, Banda 19 de Marzo , lucho Bermudez, Pedro laza y sus pelayeros, banda juvenile de chocho, Banda de laguneta) and stunning paintings of fruteras(4), Maria Mulatas(5) and Gabriel García Marquez. Sheltered by this Bonga, straight from the banks of the Sinú, you will discover the hidden memory of a place you will always want to visit: Montería, the enchanting colony of the Coast!
(1) Costeño: A Person who live´s in the coast of Colombia.
(2) Malecón: is a word used in Spanish-speaking countries for a stone-built embankment or esplanade along a waterfront.
(3) Platanitos: go and type it on google images.
(4) Fruteras: picturesque afro-colombian women who strut along beaches selling fruit they carry atop beautiful hats.
(5) Maria Mulatas: Typical character of the carribean coast.