A journey into the exotic unknown for EatFIFA this time. But enough about Brixton.
Google threw up a handful of possibilities, mostly located in the apparent Colombian stronghold of Elephant & Castle. The best reports were from a tiny unit in Brixton Village, Santafereño. No need to book, it said, and we ambled through the bustling maze of smells and sounds on a Friday night with great expectations.
A beaming welcome awaited us, and we squeezed into our seats at our little table. The menu instantly promised two things – value and variety. We wanted to order the entire selection of entradas but, with a few off the menu by that time, we settled for fried cassava, chorizo, empanadas and (quite possibly the greatest piece of bread ever to touch our lips) pandebono – all washed down with some Club Colombia.
As with the South American entries previously, the menu was dominated by grilled meat and all the carbohydrates on God’s earth. Opting (perhaps unadventurously) for two “country platters”, we were assured this would satisfy the three of us. Upon arrival of our mains, some giggling Brixtonite regulars on a nearby table found our reactions to the giant portions rather amusing.
Upon a mound of buttery rice, we got stuck into some thin (but perfectly cooked) steaks, another delightfully textured chorizo, fried plantain (a satisfying alternative to potatoes), beans and – to unanimous acclaim – some exceptional pork belly. With Colombian TV blaring in the corner (minor bouts of rioting seem popular over there) and a the multilingual hubbub of the packed floor, we knew this wasn’t going to trouble the Dutch disappointment at the bottom of our rankings.
Value For Money: 83.7
Dessert, the frequent afterthought on our EatFIFA travels, arrived in the form of a jellified selection of tropical fruits. Then came the bill, to inform us that our stomachs had been stuffed to the tune of a mere fifteen quid. The pandebonos had all gone, though, scuppering our greedy takeaway hopes.