35. Colombia (La Bodeguita, Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre)

One chilly Sunday morning we found ourselves wandering around the delightful Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre looking for some Colombian grub.

We didn’t have to search for too long before we came across La Bodeguita, a little cafe come deli in the middle of one of the arms of the centre. We ordered our food and settled down on a wooden picnic bench in the busy cordoned off area reserved for patrons of the cafe/deli/beauty store (they had a cabinet of nail varnishes just outside!)

The food came when it was ready, served in plastic wicker-esque bowls. There didn’t seem to be any mains on the menu so we opted for a few starters to share between us. We had Arepas de choclo con queso – sweet corn fritter with Colombian cheese (Ruth’s fave), Bunuelos – dough cheese fritter balls (pretty good), Arepas fritters de maiz con huevo – corn fritter bread with egg (a little on the bland side) and Padebono – oven cooked dough and cheese (basically a cheese doughnut!) These came with some salsa, which certainly added a kick and made a couple of the dishes. We also sampled some Colombian beer – Cafe Colombia – which was very pleasant.

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed the Colombian experience. The staff were friendly and the food was very good value. If we find ourselves in the Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in the future (quite unlikely) we will definitely pick ourselves up some Colombian snacks from La Bodeguita.

Food – 7, Service – 8, Environment – 6

Overall – 7/10

beer!

beer!

Padebono

Padebono

Bunuelos

Bunuelos

Arepas de choclo con queso

Arepas de choclo con queso

Arepas fritas de maiz con huevo

Arepas fritas de maiz con huevo

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