In the narrow streets of the old walled city in Cartagena is a slice of old world variety for the cultured palate. With a short list of authentic dishes and carefully selected wine pairings “Montmartre” will give you a much needed break from the heat of Cartagena. Simple furnishings and bistro style details will make this French restaurant an unforgettable part of your romantic night out.
Where: Calle del Santisimo #8-08 (piso 2), Centro Historico – Cartagena de Indias
Telephone Number: +57 -5 660-2285 Facebook.com/Montmartre.cartagena
I stumbled onto this recently opened restaurant on Tripadvisor.com where, in spite of it’s newness to the area is already receiving rave reviews! We were seated by our waiter, an Argentinian with a travel addiction, dressed in a beret and long apron. I was pleasantly surprised by his attentive care and attention to our needs from the moment we arrived. Customer service is a luxury not often found in Colombia where life and it’s inhabitants often tends to move at a much slower pace, especially on the coast. He spoke imperfect but perfectly understandable English which made ordering easier for me since I have neglected my French since my 7th grade studies.
I opted for the leg of duck which came tender and lightly seasoned, well accompanied by Grey Poupon. On the side were skin-on French fried potatoes and a fresh green salad. In the style of French cuisine the plate was simple, elegant and a perfect amount of food. With it I drank an Argentinian malbec. Jaime opted for a sirloin cut of beef accompanied by potatoes au gratin and a fresh salad accompanied with a Colombian national brand of beer. For dessert we ate crème brulee accompanied by a type of brandy made from apples.
The owner of the restaurant is Valerie Thuilier a French Colombian who returned to Colombia after several years abroad to open her own restaurant. All the fruits and veggies are locally sourced from high quality producers including a Frenchman who provides “French syle” cuts of meat ensuring authenticity. Valerie has a passion for gourmet food which drives the quality of her selections and will deliver the exquisite taste which I had the pleasure of enjoying!