Marea by Rausch
The Rausch brothers have been at the steering wheel of Colombia's gastronomic revolution since opening their landmark French restaurant, Criterión in the Colombian capital in 2003. Their hard work has paid off, nabbing a spot in Latin America's 50 best restaurants list.
One of two equally accomplished gourmet ventures in Cartagena, Marea by Rausch is well situated to take on the challenge.
Marea’s top notch, three- or five-course tasting menus are one of the biggest culinary attractions for the celebrity set that love an oversized wedding at the Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre.
The fine-dining menu plays to Cartagena’s strengths, with a fabulous selection of fish soups, scintillating seafood and a light splatter of meat dishes to keep carnivores happy, that are every bit as good-looking as the restaurant’s stunning seafront views of Cartagena historic cupolas.
Applying French haut cuisine techniques to the region’s favourite flavours, you get the kind of fine dining experience you would expect from a Michelin starred eatery.
Sitting atop Marea’s list of the restaurants most wanted are a ceviche a la Peruana, the grilled octopus served with a piquant sauce of Aji Panka and a whole fried mojarra with an innovative twist – it has no bones - that will tantalize even the most well-travelled tastebuds.
Even seafood classics like the tuna tartare, served with a creamy wasabi mayonnaise sauce, is a blend you wouldn't find in any other Rausch restaurant - it's almost as if they were in competition with themselves.
Its Thai-style Arroz Marea, is another indecently tasty addition to Marea’s seafood smorgasbord.
Top table desserts are a big attraction as well, with Mark Rausch orchestrating a dessert menu that clearly draws from his cordon bleu training, with a Caribbean twang of course.
The passion fruit panna cotta is the best example of your postre having all the classical virtues of Italy with a touch of badass Caribbean punch.
Their Postre Marea, a mini portion of the entire dessert menu, is highly recommended as it let's all the creamy and fruity flavours dance around your tongue like a salsa number.
Constant innovation and reinvention are what keeps los hermanos Rausch fresh and current, an all important factor in the international chef fame game.
Their modern menu appeals to an international audience without alienating the traditional crowd who are down for a brilliant business lunch.
Michelin stars might not have landed in South America yet, if they do Marea’s going to be at the head of the queue.
THIS IS WHAT WE LOVE
* Michelin star service and quality of food - without the pretentious price tag
* Tucking in to one of the city’s foremost tasting menus.
* Their Postre Marea lets you try everything that dessert master, Mark Rausch, has to offer
* Knowing that you are eating in one of the best restaurants in Colombia
* Pretty much everything on the menu
* Gawping at the cupolas of the San Pedro Church from the comfort of Marea by Rausch's waterfront terrace
* Turning heads when you pull up alongside on your own yacht. Book your boat now.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* The Rausch brothers are the biggest chef package in Colombia. Jorge Rausch was in the latest Colombian Master Chef
* The restaurant is inside the Cartagena de Indias Convention Centre, so it's a little hidden from view. Enter from the Plaza de Banderas
* If you want to eat your dinner on their sea front terrace book in advance
* The restaurant is a hot spot to celebrate New Year. Book well in advance.