Restaurants in La Paz, Bolivia
12 May, 2015
We were told to not hold out much hope of tasty food in La Paz. ‘Enjoy the bread and potatoes (and expect Delhi belly) was pretty much the theme from travelling friends who we met at the border between Peru and Bolivia. We’re here to break that stereotype and discuss our reviews of restaurants in La Paz, Bolivia
Restaurants in La Paz, Bolivia
We actually ate here three times! Twice as paying customers and once as guests of Carlos, the very particular looking manager (straight off the set of Bugsy Malone). Initially I was ashamed that we were choosing to go to an ‘English’ bar found on Tripadvisor but I later found out it that it calls itself a ‘fake English bar’ which is owned by an American, managed by a Mexican, most of the staff are French, and we’re all about diversity! The bar itself is very tongue in cheek, even the menu is good-humoured (it shoots down men who try to order a milkshake after 14:00).
Our first meal was a lunch of fish and chip baguette (46 bs / £4.25) and spicy Lincolnshire sausage baguette (38 bs / £3.51). We also indulged in a homemade strawberry milkshake (it was 13:50 so Craig was safe). I also had my first cup of Tetley’s tea in seven weeks. Praise be!
Our second meal was breakfast. ‘Oli’s’ is the meeting point for Death Road cycle company, Gravity. The bar puts on a special breakfast menu for riders. I went for the porridge with cinnamon, banana and raisins (best porridge I’ve ever had) and Craig had the eggs, bacon and toast (30bs each / £2.77). I had my second cup of Tetley’s.
Our third, a well-deserved fill after our Death Road ride. Home comforts were in demand, I went for bangers and mash (three homemade spicy Lincolnshire sausages) and Craig had the cottage pie. We washed this down with another pair of strawberry milkshakes and crashed a cocktail making class for dessert. Sergio, our ‘mixologist’ instructed us on how to create Bolivia’s national drink, Singani Sours. Rumour is, Olly’s is where the party is at with ex pats, travellers and locals alike and we are beginning to see why…
Website: Oliver’s Travels
Address: Cochabamba, La Paz Zona 1, Bolivia
Contact: +591 2 2120764
Wow this place is nice. It’s dimly light with rustic decor. I love the tagline ‘A very rare Steakhouse well done’ and for the meatheads amongst us The Steakhouse challenges you to Man v Food. We witnessed a local win his ‘Being vegetarian is a big missed steak’ t-shirt! Before being wheelbarrowed out of the restaurant in a food coma.
We were welcomed by the manager, Niels, with a tequila shot. Cleans the palette, right? It was difficult to make a decision on what to eat because the menu offered so much choice.
We covered all bases and went for the Calvary Sword for two (198 bs / £18.30) which was a platter of meats (llama, chicken in a gorgeous honey dressing, steak, baked potato, fries and our choice of two sauces. We opted for BBQ sauce and Spicy Supay Cocktail Sauce, out of interest. All “muy rico”!
Website: The Steakhouse, La Paz
Address: Calle Tarija 243B
The Melting Pot and Rock
A restaurant specialising in fondue, in La Paz, who would have thought it? Our friends Sophie and Kristian loved this place because of the cheese fondue. Craig and I panicked a bit as we are more connoisseurs of fake plastic cheese. However the menu is more than just melted cheese.
We went for the rocks oil and bouillon fondue. We did say we had to cook more now we are in month two!
Melting Pot and Rock isn’t just dinner, it’s an experience. We had a laugh sizzling the chicken fondue and rocks for one (89 bs / £8.22) and the mixed pot (chicken, steak, pork, llama, prawns and more for one (124 bs / £11.46), cooking them on the hot stone and then choosing our condiments from the ‘sauce bar.’
Regardless of not having a taste for Whisky, I took to the Grant’s Whisky Cocktail sauce and the sweet BBQ, naturally. Craig liked the spicy salsa. You also get a potato style side to compliment your meat. I had the rosti, and Craig the sautéed potatoes with onion and bacon. I was careful to not fill up on the carbs as I’d had a peek at the dessert menu….
Mixed chocolate fondue with the fruit platter please. I was in heaven!
Craig is keen to go back to The Melting Rock and Pot to try to spicy meatball sandwich…Maybe next time we’re in La Paz!
Website: The Melting Rock and Pot
Address: Calle Tarija #229, Esquina Murillo
Contact: +591 78023102
Sol y Luna
Attracted to all things space related, Craig liked the name of this bar (Sun and Moon). It is situated directly underneath Oliver’s Travels and is a Dutch pub which does not solely offer food from Holland on the menu.
We had a tough choice choosing between Roti from Surinam (52 bs / £4.80) and a stir-fry. It was a toss-up between the spicy dutch dish and the Hungarian goulash for Craig. The goulash won.
There was also an attractive Tables Para Dos (mixed plate for two) for 56 – 65 bs / £5.17 – £6. The restaurant itself has a nice vibe to it. A soundtrack of ‘covers’ played soothingly as locals played pool downstairs in the basement area. Downstairs also has a TV for sports lovers. Upstairs there is extra seating for larger parties.
I was delighted to see White Russians (35 bs / £3.24) on the menu. I sampled the strong leche (milk) goodness, it was a Friday night after all. Craig went for his staple Cerveza (30 bs / £2.77), Huari style. This wasn’t my favourite of the four but it was nice to see locals playing pool in the basement. Not just for tourists!
Website: Sol y Luna, La Paz
Address: Calle Murillo corner Calle Cochabamba
Contact: +591 2 2115323
Naturally, La Paz has lots of cheaper, local restaurants but if you are looking for something different, a bit of home comfort, or to feed that infamous La Paz party hangover, you can’t got wrong with these four restaurants in La Paz, Bolivia.
We’d like to thank the managers of Four Corners for keeping us full in La Paz. These opinions are our own, as always.
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