Looking for some meat a la plancha? These Bogotá restaurants go far above and beyond when it comes to serving up beef, chicken, pork and just about any other grilled meat you can imagine. Just in time for summer.

Horacio Barbato

Located on a quiet street just off Usaquén’s main square, Horacio Barbato is grounded in European old style recipes such as a hearty Shepherd’s pie and a Spanish pork loin “lechón.”

For an appetizer, I recommend their traditional English pork sausages with Dijon mustard. Their main course of ribs marinated in chipotle chilies and tamarind gives a New World touch to an Old World favorite.

There is also an authentic feeling of both home and hearth at Horacio Barbato. A choice venue for that informal lunch or dinner in Bogotá’s north.

Calle 118 No. 6A-37

Telephone: 644-7766

La Brasserie

When it comes to lamb, regardless of the season, La Brasserie is a personal favorite. Even though lamb can be cooked in many ways, from an outdoor grill to brine, La Brassiere’s rosemary seasoned cutlets are cooked in a cast iron skillet and served medium-rare, which preserves flavor and natural juices.

La Brasserie’s rounded bar is also ideal for that romantic night out, the celebration of a special anniversary, and an impressive wine selection to accompany a very bistro moment of fresh oysters on ice.

Carrera 13 No.85-35

La Biferia

For grill jockeys, there is La Biferia steak house. With several venues across the city, it’s not difficult to find one close to either office or home. Specializing in parrilla grilling, cuts are traditional: from the thick Bife de Chorizo (400 grs) to the succulent beef tenderloin Baby Beef (300 grs).

Most dishes come accompanied with sour cream and dill roast potato and house salad. Prices are very reasonable (averaging $30,000 per plate) for a generous meal, and a place, which caters to the business lunch and Sunday family get together.

Various locations

La Mina

Inspired by the legendary salt mine of Zipaquira, La Mina, is the elegant dining venue of the JW Marriott hotel. Surrounded by dark stonewalls and designed by the Colombian architect Miguel Soto, La Mina recently made a subtle departure from its lobster and steak menu to incorporate a greater variety of meat dishes.

Clients can choose from the national Angus Brangus to an imported beef selection of T-bone, rib eye and strip loin. With 32 plates from the parrilla on offer, La Mina, also includes a kosher selection.

Even though the surf and turf is a house specialty, Executive Chef Rafael Súarez rolls out his gastro red carpet with a 7-ounce Argentine sirloin and a 12 hour marinated set of cross-cut ribs: Asado de Tira.

La Mina also houses one of the city’s most comprehensive wine cellars and a bar – Dry 73 – for that after-dinner drink, preferably a dry and shaken Martini.

Calle 73 No.8-60

La Nacional

If you reside in the Chapinero-Rosales corridor, La Nacional operates as the neighborhood’s specialty butcher.

All meat selections come from carefully-chosen farms in the middle Magdalena with clients a choice of national or imported beef cuts, and they will deliver to your home, should you be pressed for time, or run out of flank steak.

The venue also sells hard to find gourmet items, such as Normandy sea salt, Italian balsamic vinegars and olive oils, Thai Sriracha sauce, as well as carefully chosen New World wines. At La Nacional you will find necessary ingredients for your summertime grilling, but be patient, as placing an order is excruciatingly slow and food comes served with “attitude.”

Diagonal 70A No. 4-60