La Grand Place

La Grand Place
Carrera 7, #21-65, El Centro, Pereira, Risaralda
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La Grand Place doesn't look like much from the outside, but wait until you get inside! Located in the oldest building in Pereira, dating to 1892, Belgian chef and owner Freddy serves up some of the best food you'll find anywhere in Pereira, and at a very reasonable price. It's just the kind of restaurant that Colombia, which often is lacking in variety outside of the big cities like Medellin and Bogota, needs.

The open courtyard ambience is delightful, and the service is friendly. There's also a nice garden in the back, and a cafe on the second floor above. La Grand Place is just two blocks from the Plaza de Bolivar, and if you swing by for lunch you're likely to find some troubador musicians singing and playing their guitars outside.


The menu of the day was a choice between jambalaya and barbecued pork spare-ribs. Freddy served up some jambalaya that even a resident of New Orleans would be proud of, complete with shrimp, chicken, and two types of sausage in a very authentic tomato-based sauce, all mixed into a bed of rice. I also thoroughly enjoyed the appetizer of waldorf salad, and the lemonade. Foreigners should be warned, however, that lemonade in Colombia is flavored with panela (a type of brown sugar) so it's a little different than you might be used to.

Just as I was about to pay the bill, they brought out a slice of delicious cheesecake with a mora (similar to a blackberry or raspberry) topping. Mora, although sour on its own, makes for a great addition to any desert with a little sugar, and is one of the finest Colombian fruits you'll find.

Although it's not even a year old, it looks like La Grand Place is really taking off, as the place was two-thirds full by 12:30. And all of this delicious food for only $7.900! It's got to be the best deal in town!

Food: 9
Value: 9
Service: 8 
Ambience: 8



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