Criterión, Harry Sasson, El Cielo, Restaurante Leo, and Andrés Carne de Res were selected for the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants, topped by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez’s restaurant Central.
This list, the Latin American version of the ranking created for the world by the prestigious British magazine Restaurant, is compiled by the 252 members of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, which is made up of food critics, chefs, and restaurateurs, as well as prominent gourmands and journalists. The members of the Academy cast seven votes for their best dining experiences over the past 18 months, three of which had to be for establishments from countries other than their own.
The five selected Colombian restaurants are all in Bogota. The top ranked local restaurant on the list was Criterión, run by brothers Jorge and Mark Rausch, located in Bogota’s “G Zone,” which was ranked 18th. Criterión offers modern signature cuisine made from local ingredients, with recipes that reinvent traditional Colombian cuisine, such as Cartagena black beef or soursop merengón. Their motto is, “The final product can never be better than its ingredients.” In addition to their regular menu, they offer a tasting menu.
With ten restaurants each in the ranking, Argentina and Mexico topped the list, followed by Peru with nine and Brazil with eight.