Macondo Café is a leafy little slice of Colombia, hidden in the backstreets of industrial Salisbury, serving authentic Colombian cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Passionate about sharing their love of Colombia with their customers, owners Miriam and Jaime invite diners to take a culinary journey from the jungles of the Amazon to the snow-capped Andes and the jewelled seas of the Caribbean.
Prepared by a Colombian-born chef and served by warm and friendly Spanish speaking staff, there are more than 80 regional Colombian dishes on offer including a few new ones that loyal customers might not be familiar with.
All-day breakfast includes Desayuno Avena de los Andes (hot or cold oats with seasonal berries, quinoa, honey and coconut cream), Huevos Desmechados (scrambled eggs and pulled pork) and El Maximo – a big breakfast of fried eggs, grilled haloumi, chorizo, bacon, beans, rice and arepa.
Lunch and dinner fare ranges from tostadas and tacos to burritos and beef burgers wedged between two arepas. Or try a fresh, seasonal salad or delicious, hot soup such as Sopa de Lentejas – baked lentil soup with puff pastry lid.
For meat lovers, there’s Bife de Chorizo (thick porterhouse steak with chorizo, papas and salsa) and Lechona – a traditional Colombian dish of slow-baked pork crackling stuffed with rice, peas, corn and barbecued pork.
Seafood dishes include Gambas al Ajillo (king prawns in red wine with garlic and chilli), Mojarra del Magdalena (strong flavoured river fish) and Trucha de los Andes (whole rainbow trout lashed with secret sauce and served with coconut rice, patacones and salsa).
Traditional desserts consist of Cocadas de arequipe (Baked balls of caramel soaked coconut), Tarta de Limon (Lime tart), El Dorado (baked figs filled with arequipe and wrapped in gold leaf) and the Colombian delicacy Hormigas Culonas (ants in sweet lime toffee served with cream).
On the drinks menu there’s Colombian Dragon brew drip coffee, Colombian hot chocolate, aguacate (avocado) smoothies, Colombian jungle juices (lulo, guanabana and guava) and Club Colombia beer.
Need to know – Macondo offers a wide variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Nice to know – Macondo has live music every Saturday night; from salsa and merengue to bachata and ballads. For special events, a Colombian harpist group performs traditional Colombian music.
By Deb Lidster
555 Tarragindi Rd