Wondering what to eat in Salento, the town near Cocora Valley? In this article, we dive a bit deeper into the food you should not miss. For many, Salento is a short stop in the Coffee Region of Colombia to enjoy the beautiful nature and the 60 meters tall palm trees. Salento is a quiet town and most bars and restaurants close their doors just after nine o’clock in the evening. But if you’re there anyway, why not try some of their specialities?

 

The food you should not miss in Salento:

 

1. Trucha Frita


Trucha is a typical fish from Salento and is basically the food you should not miss in Salento. Almost every restaurant in the town’s centre has Trucha on their menu. One of our favourite versions is the Trucha Frita, similar to the popular Colombian Coastal seafood dish Pescado Frito, which means Fried Fish. Trucha is a fish that is a bit similar to salmon. The Trucha is deep-fried and served in a way that you can eat the fish in Colombian style: with your hands. It’s always good to order the fish with fries, but standard, it’s served with typical coconut rice and patacone. A patacone is a deep-fried, crushed green banana that’s basically a crisp, but in Salento, they have the unique skill to make the patacones incredibly huge and thin. You pay approximately 20,000 COP for a plate of typical fried fish. We recommend you try the Trucha Frita at one of the following places: Balcones Del Ayer or Camino Real Parrilla Bar. 
 
What to eat in Salento - Trucha Frita
Trucha Frita (19,000 COP) at Balcones Del Ayer
 
What to eat in Salento - Fried Fish
Trucha Frita at Camino Real Parrilla Bar.


 
 

2. Trucha Gratinada Mixta


The second recommended typical food from Salentado is the Trucha Gratinada Mixta, which is a Trucha fish with prawns and mushrooms in a creamy sauce au gratin. As you can imagine, it’s a much heavier dish compared to the deep-fried version of the Trucha, but very tasty. It’s also served with patacones and coconut rice. You pay approximately 30,000 COP for a plate of typical fish casserole. We recommend you try the Trucha Gratinada Mixta at one of the following places: Balcones Del Ayer or Camino Real Parrilla Bar.
 
What to eat in Salento - Trucha Gratinada Mixta
Trucha Gratinada Mixta (28,000 COP)
 
What to eat in Salento - Fish au gratin
Trucha Gratinada Mixta at Camino Real Parrilla Bar.


 

Tip for those who don’t like seafood:


There is a place next to Balcones Del Ayer named Coconia & Horno that serves tasty food that all Westerns love for a very good price. Filete de Pollo (20,000 COP) and Punta de Anca (26,000 COP) are among their best-sellers. 
 
What to eat in Salento - Filete de Pollo
Filete de Pollo (20,000 COP)
 
What to eat in Salento - Punta de Anca
Punta de Anca (26,000 COP)
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