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“surprising and delicious”
Review of Camino Real

Camino Real
Ranked #16 of 149 Restaurants in Popayan
Cuisines: French
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Description: The most elegant and very popular among business people of the city restaurant,located in an old colonial house in the heart of the city.On the second floor there is room of the hotel with same nameKitchen with a claim to the French but with a local touch.At lunchtime, all the tables are occupied and you have to wait in line
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Tasty fresh food, lovely service, interesting local cuisine alongside international options. Combine this with the atmosphere of a well established restaurant and prize winning chefs - and you have it all.

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Popayan is a pleasant town for a couple days with a nice family atmosphere and a few pretty sights. It is not, however, a great place to eat. Mostly you get potato everything (empanadas, tamales, etc) and a few lame attempts at ethnic food or fine dining.

This place is an exception and it is the choice of upper-crust diners, particularly for special events. The setting is very nice with subtle but pervasive nostalgia adorning an old colonial house. At 55,000 pesos (under $20 USD), the tasting menu is an excellent value with no dead spots on the menu. They also will let you stray a bit from one menu to the next in terms of course selection.

The fruit juices were tasty, in particular the granizada de frutas that came as part of the menu had the explosive flavor of lulo balanced with the smoothness of sour sop.

The breads were fresh and pretty good, served with a pungent bleu cheese, creamy brie, tuna pate and another sort of dry, yellow-ish cheese that didn't do much for me.

The two seafood dishes were both excellent. The bass ceviche had potent citrus flavors with mint that marinated the delicate fish sublimely. The "prawn ravioli" was unique, instead of some uninspired piece of dry pasta with mysterious chopped shrimp inside, the shell was actually made of a butterflied prawn and the filling was onion and mint. I strongly considered ordering a full order of these but we were both full by the time the plates stopped coming.

The meat dishes are their specialty and the filet in red wine/vinegar reduction did not disappoint. Tender and lean, it was perhaps a little softer than some like their steak but nonetheless appetizing and satisfying. The portions were not huge but in sum they were more than adequate and more than my money's worth.

The pastry was a bit disappointing, stick to the more known commodities. I ordered the Eduardo Santos, which was sort of like a gourmet version of a cheap Mexican popsicle. The apple pie was a better choice. I didn't see a huge French influence here but somewhat, it is a mix of European and Colombian fare, I suppose.

The service was also excellent here, observant but not intrusive, polite but not obsequious. If you are in Popayan and want a good meal at a very fair price in an elegant setting, this is your best bet.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Thank Andrew K
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Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

A restaurant full of character and atmosphere with fading photos on the walls and lots of wood. We both had the much vaunted tasting menu which started well with tiny langoustines (2) in batter followed by tasty sea bass ceviche and fruit granita. But it was all let down by outsize portions of overcooked pollo a cognac which betrayed no sign of cognac and was unfinishable. Cheese was OK and ice cream fine. Service was friendly but nothing special . A pity.

Date of visit: January 2017
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

We visited in the off season time, so there are not many guests. We chose the set menu.
Service was perfect, and so was the food.
Portions seem small, but actually in totality there was more food than we could eat. The menu, 5 courses was of very good quality, prepared with just a bit more enthusiasm and served in an oldfashioned professional and courteous way.

Date of visit: November 2016
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Reviewed 24 April 2016

You can tell the place has had a good past, but food is terrible. Bread was stale, wine list was appauling with incredibly expensive bad wines and the arroz caldoso, although with good flavor was undercooked. The chef should be on top of his kitchen, since the place has potential.

Date of visit: April 2016
Thank Sebastian C
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