“Medio Dia” is literally the “middle of the day,” and is the term used to describe the mid-afternoon large meal that Colombians typically enjoy when time permits. They eat a light breakfast of fruit and coffee, followed by a lunch of something like a soup or sandwich as sort of an early lunch, around 11 or 11:30. The big meal of the day is called the “Medio Dia” and is typically enjoyed around 4:00 or 4:30.
I’ve always been interested in finding “real traditional food.” If I’m in China Town in NYC looking for Chinese food, I’ll keep looking for a restaurant until I find one with poor signage, small space, and packed with Asians. It’s one of the ways that I know it’s the real thing. In Puerto Rico, my wife and I stumbled across a hole-in-the-wall spot one a back street, with no sign, and a tiny little dining room. The food there was to die for!
This restaurant is just exactly the kind of dining experience that everyone should experience whenever they travel.
I went with 8 people, so we were able to taste a good portion of the menu. I discovered an interesting little tidbit there, and I remember noticing (though ignoring it at the time) the same thing at Mondongo’s yesterday. Here it is: the “half portion” on the menu is very expensive. When I pointed this out to the people I went to Medio Dia with, most of them switched their orders to the “grande,” happy to pay about 15% more in total cost for a double portion. And yes, they all ended up taking home their leftovers.
I ordered smoked ribs, excited to taste what the Colombians do for smoking! This meal was called “Castillos Ahumados” and of course, I chose the “Grande” portion.
I was a bit disappointed when the food arrived and instead of looking at some thick hunks of beef, lightly salted and dripping in their own fat, I was looking at pork ribs about the width of Baby Backs, slathered with some sort of sauce. Being Paleo, or just concerned with Clean Eating, I was understandably disconcerted with the sauce all over my ribs. I grilled (through my other diners who are more bilingual than I am) the server about the contents of the sauce until we were certain that it wouldn’t be unhealthy. In the process of being grilled, he revealed that all of the sauces were hand made in the kitchen. I’m impressed!
I took my first bite, still somewhat concerned…
Needless to say, I was shortly surprised when there wasn’t anything left on my plate!
The ribs were delicious! I licked my fingers like I was starving, and picked every piece of meat off the bones. If you’re in Medellin, and haven’t yet, go to this restaurant pronto!
Look at the color of these eggs! That orange is just the color I am always looking for in my “The Egg Project” posts. I’m going to have to find some time to visit some of the egg farms around here!
As a final word on the authenticity of the restaurant: there was no “Salad” menu, and the meals came with only cooked vegetables and avocado. That’s the real deal!