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Chichería Demente: a local restaurant turned gourmet

Chicería Demente
Paula Aponte

Paula Aponte

Hi, I’m Paula! A Colombian born and Australian raised foodie by heart and an architect and a Civil Engineer by profession. My other passions are traveling, exploring new cultures and trying new foods. I currently living in Bogotá and love to share my gastronomical discoveries, hope you find them as exciting as I have. You can also follow me on instagram as @espaciosysabores.

In the middle of a neighborhood full of workshops and small factories lies Chicheria Demente: a unique restaurant that gives a new meaning to everyday Colombian food. By mixing the best of traditional piqueteaderos (small local and casual restaurants) and world-class restaurants, New York chef Steve Haritopoulos creates an innovative dining option.

When you visit a new city or country you obviously want to try the food from there, but sometimes the most traditional restaurants don’t seem that appealing. Chicheria Demente gives you the best of both worlds under the same roof!

The Food

Food at Chichería Demente
© Photograph Paula Aponte

At Chicheria Demente, chef Steve Haritopoulos takes the essence of our traditional food and combines it with modern cuisine to create amazing meals. Just like traditional piqueteaderos, the idea is finger food that tastes best when shared. 

Even though the essence is Colombian, there are loads of options that are bound to satisfy everyone’s cravings. On the menu, you will find diverse options that range from eggplant salad and manchego empanadas to chicken cooked in aguardiente and chorizo with Queso Paipa.

No meal is complete without dessert and here they have some that are truly worth it. They take a while to prepare, so it is best to order them with the entrées. I recommend the Mora crumble with yogurt ice cream, a perfect balance between sweet and sour.

Chicha at Chichería Demente
© Photograph Paula Aponte

And going to a chicheria, of course, means drinking chicha!!! This is a traditional alcoholic beverage that comes from fermented corn. The taste isn’t a crowd-pleaser, but let’s be honest, this is probably the only chance you will have to try it! Plus, you can get a small portion and try it in shots.

The Place

Chicherçia Demente's place
© Photograph Paula Aponte

It’s a family home turned into a funky and stylish restaurant, mixing the best of traditional Colombian piqueteaderos (small local and casual restaurants) with high-end cosmopolitan restaurants. Chicheria Demente is located at Calle 69 # 15 – 08 in the middle of a neighborhood characterized by small industries. You can get there by public transport, Uber, or they have valet parking (which is free if you have a Mastercard Black). 

On the outside, it may seem like any other traditional building in the area, but as soon as you go through the front door, you know you are in a place that is one of a kind! You will start seeing colorful walls, hearing old school Colombian music, and smelling all the delicious flavors that characterize our food. 

Surrounding a massive parrilla (BBQ grill) are a number of spaces with colorful murals and furniture that highlight our history. This place is a must for all tourists and an amazing option for a groovy lunch with friends. 

Recommendations

© Photograph Paula Aponte

As for starters, the Plantain Empanadas with apple and cheddar are to die for!

Regarding the entrées, the Asado de Tira is super tender and tasty. While you are at it, you can get as a side: a salad made of different types of tomatoes and cheese that is also amazing.

Last but not least, if you are up for other groovy ideas, take a look at El Cebollero, Orso heladería, and Catación Pública. Also, for other restaurant reviews, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Degusta as Espacios y Sabores.

Go and try a gourmet version of Colombian piqueteaderos! 

Bonus: they also have wood oven pizzas with interesting combinations.

Don’t forget to keep checking out the homepage for future articles!

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