A Taste of Asia in Bogota

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I haven’t had sushi in over six months because I’ve been busy eating local food – especially Colombian food.




It’s not because I don’t like it, I ate it at least once a week in Toronto. I simply hadn’t seen it in Central America, except a few times when it housed odd ingredients like canned tuna and cream cheese.

And as delicious as Latin American food is, I do miss Asian flavours.

But earlier this week I couchsurfed again and my host introduced me to Wok, a Colombian chain of Asian restaurants and after eating a maki rollI was hooked.

When my friend Helen wanted to celebrate the completion of an English instruction course I knew where we were eating lunch.

Thai green curry

Helen, not a big fan of sushi but a self-professed Thai food expert ordered the green curry chicken and happily exclaimed it was the real deal.

sushi maki from Wok in Colombia

And as delicious as the other food looked, I could not pass up the opportunity for more sushi. The tataki maki did not disappoint with its combination of tuna and spicy mayo.

sushi maki rolls from wok in Colombia

For dessert I ordered my favourite, creme brulee, but Wok infuses it with lemongrass, which was a welcome addition and lightened the heavy dessert.

chocolate cake with raspberry drizzle

Helen opted for a simpler chocolate cake with raspberry topping kissed with powdered sugar.

My lunch was $20, completing blowing my daily budget of $30/day, which is difficult enough to keep in Colombia but I was craving nori and we really did need to celebrate.

It will take all my willpower not to go back a third time.


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  1. turkey's for life says:

    Great photos Ayngelina. The food looks fantastic and hey – you’ve got to blow your budget once in a while. Think I would have opted for that attractive looking curry.

  2. Your MessageGreat shots, They do looks so yummy. I bet you were so thrill to find them 😛

  3. Did they put the spicy mayo on top? It looks like something is placed across the top of the roll. (besides the little garnish)

  4. @Chris It’s tuna mixed with chipotle and I think green onion, as a top garnish. It was firey and a nice contrast to the avocado in the roll.

  5. Jill - Jack and Jill Travel The World says:

    Colombia is our first stop on our RTW next year. So thanks for the detailed posts about the cities and the people.

    Have you ever been to Cartagena? If so, what do you think of it?

  6. Good food photos. Creme Brulee is a favourite of mine too.

  7. I know the feeling girl, as Dave and I were eating at Sushi Light once a week in Medellin. I would have never thought that Colombia would have had such great sushi but I also got good sushi in BOG as well in the Zona T area (for got the name of the place though).

  8. Oh wow, everything looks super delish! Honestly the BEST sushi I’ve ever had is in BsAs.

  9. we had noticed the cream cheese thing too! werent the biggest fans. nothing that a pound or two of wasabi cant fix. great shots btw!

  10. Christy - Ordinary Traveler says:

    I always love finding out of the ordinary restaurants while traveling. I get so bored eating the same type of food every day. I’ll keep this in mind when we head to South America.

  11. Couchsurfing in Columbia. Yay! Sushi looks great. We haven’t had it in 5 months. We’ll be in SE Asia soon though…yum!

  12. Balanced Melting Pot says:

    I know what you mean about the cream cheese. ALL the sushi that I’ve seen here in Caracas has cream cheese. I’m sure if I look hard enough I’ll find an authentic Japanese restaurant with good sushi, but in the meantime I’ll suffer in silence 🙂

  13. Cathy Sweeney says:

    Like Helen, I’m not really a big sushi fan, but this all looks absolutely delicious in your photos! I could be tempted by any of these dishes. Glad you were able to find such a great place in Bogota.

  14. Claire (Travel Funny Travel Light) says:

    There are times when splurging is an absolute must. Go for that 3rd visit!

  15. Jools Stone says:

    Fudd me look at dat dere Creme Brulee, gimme, gimme, gimme! Gnomm, gnomm, gnomm!

  16. No Vacation Required says:

    What Jools said.

  17. A Tramp Abroad says:

    Looks amazing! I’m in Japan at the moment, so no shortage of sushi for me but I had pretty wild cravings for the stuff when I was in Mexico for six weeks this summer.

  18. Corinne @ Gourmantic says:

    They all look very appetising, especially the chocolate cake. Table for 2 please!

  19. David @ Malaysia Asia says:

    Looks very fusion but the chocolate cakes looks absolutely mouth-watering!


  20. Todd | Todd'sWanderings says:

    Yum!!! Great photos and I’m happy you found decent sushi. it can really be hit or miss but they all look delicious.

  21. Funny how you find great sushi in the oddest places. We found a very cool Japanese/sushi restaurant in the Faroe Islands, pretty much the only place serving non-local food.

  22. So, you and Helen are back together again, huh? Where are ya’ll?

  23. Ahh I LOVE SUSHI & after reading this you make me wanna go out and get some but since I cant spend money right now I cant.

    Great pictures~

  24. Hogga aka @ _thetraveller_ says:

    crap woman! A)your making me hungry. B)lemongrass sucks C)I have yet to find good sushi in Blenheim NZ… just all rice, and no spicy tuna! what gives!?
    Anywhoo, don’t worry about the $20, sometimes you just need to splurge and treat yourself. Drink a few beers for dinner, you’ll be fine!

  25. Zablon Mukuba says:

    Everytime i see your food posts i get hungry, great photos

  26. ciki/agentcikay says:

    generally I don’t like eating at any sort of chain of Asian restaurants, because the quality of the food can vary remarkably from good to very bad. I am glad you found a good one! You MUST bring me , when I come visit! (This one is in Colombia right? is there one where u live?)

  27. Ayngelina Author says:


    I’d love to take you but unfortunately I moved onto Ecuador. Although these are all over Bogota, you can’t miss them!

  28. Hogga aka @_thetraveller_ says:

    Ah I had a favorite Chinese place I used to go to in Lima. That place in Bolivia looks super-tastic!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Mmm I have great memories of chifa in Peru.

  29. Definitely miss sushi. The last time I had it was in Mexico city and we just got a really simple roll with tuna – no strings attached as I was trying to avoid the weirder fusion choices.

    I can’t wait to finally find a good place.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      was it canned tuna, I hate it when that happens.

  30. The Travel Chica says:

    This looks delicious. I am now going on 8 months since I had sushi. Wish I had known about this place when I passed through Bogota.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Ahh you are better off for not knowing – it was so expensive.

  31. DTravelsRound says:

    Mmm! I craved sushi the entire time during my travels. It was too pricey in the UK, and then suspect most other places. I did find one buffet in Prague where it was good, and then some very safe rolls in Bulgaria, but other than that, it just didn’t exist. This place sounds ohsoyummy!

  32. whenever I go somewhere for more than a few weeks (which hasn’t happened in a while) I start getting huge cravings for certain foods.I’m glad you finally got this one satisfied for a bit! Great photos… you’ve got me drooling 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I don’t know what it is about sushi but I just crave it.

  33. South american food says:

    I’m also not a big fan of sushi but this is something that I could definitely try. Those pictures should not be seen when you are starving!

  34. $30 a day in Bogota isn´t so bad….if you´re eating at places like wok though you won´t stand a chance!!!

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