El Pargo Rojo – Great Budget Seafood in San Antonio

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If you like seafood, then the tiny little restaurant, El Pargo Rojo (The Red Snapper), with less than 20 seats is a great place to go for lunch. The menu consists entirely of seafood, prepared by women from the Pacific coast. Don’t be fooled by the primitive looks of the kitchen and the decor. These woman can cook and the food is delicious.

I usually order the menu of the day, which includes a fish soup as a starter and a main course with coconut rice, salad, plantain and fish served in coconut sauce. The menu changes every day, but oftentimes the fish is a Corvina – a tasty white fish with very few bones in it. The Talapia is also great! The lunch set comes with “agua panela con limon”, which is a Pacific style lemonade made with a panela (unrefined cane sugar) and a small but yummy dessert, called a “cocada” (coconut sweet).

The whole thing will cost you $10.000 pesos (less than US$4) – a total bargain! No need to say, this place fills up every day. They don’t have a website, but you can check out their Facebook page here.

Pargo Rojo • Carrera 9 # 2 – 09, Barrio San Antonio – Cali, Colombia

Opening hours: Noon – 3:00pm. They open every day, but only for lunch.
Telefone: 893 6987

Show up early to make sure you get a table. Buen provecho!

Passed through Cali for the first time in 2011, on his way from the US to Brazil on a motorcycle. Ended up kissing a caleña on his last night and the rest is history. Has been a resident of Cali, Colombia since 2013 and currently living in Barrio Bellavista with his girlfriend and 2 daughters.

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