A meal even non foodies will appreciate.
I am the first to admit I’m not much of a foodie. But my friend and Bolivia travel buddy Chhorvy is very much so. So when she discovered Gustu on the blogs and found herself fascinated with the restaurant’s story I agreed to go without any expectation. This is the second restaurant by Chef Claus Meyer, founder of the famous Noma restaurant in Denmark. Gustu is located in the rather ritzy Zona Sur area of La Paz accessible via the green line tram or taxi.
Read more about the restaurants founding HERE.
We decided to go for the five course tasting menu with drink pairings. Our stomachs were not quite ambitious enough that evening for the seven course menu. The restaurant has a bar in front and the tables in the back are set up so you have a view into the kitchen while the chefs prepared your meal.
All of the ingredients used in the food and drink are sourced locally and were a key factor in choosing the location of Meyer’s second restaurant. We started with a cocktail from their custom menu. And to begin the meal we were brought bread sourced from local beets and coca leaves with a butter and tofu spread and watermelon with a cauliflower garnish.
The first course was my favorite, cherry tomatoes and broccolini in a cheese spread paired with a Moscato (the best pairing of the evening in my opinion). Next was duck mousse with a tomato sauce and white wine crisp from the Santa Cruz region of Bolivia. Mushrooms with potato, cheese and egg yolk paired with their take on a mojito with brown sugar followed.
Finally paired with a Malbec, came the main event, pork belly with scallion and onion. And we barely were able to finish our final course, ice cream with soft pear with a very strong peach shot of I’m not sure quite what.
Don’t let the photos mislead you. You will be plenty full of food (and drink) after five courses here. If you are in La Paz I would definitely recommend splurging and stopping by Gustu.
La Paz, Bolivia
For more information: http://www.gustubo.restaurantgustu.com/home/gustu
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