Cartagena, Bolivar, Colombia
Regularly and justifiably lauded as Cartagena's best restaurant, this chic yet unpretentious corner-based eatery in the heart of the old town livens up the culinary vista with a live band reminiscent of the Buena Vista Social Club, delicious Cuba libres and a seafood menu unrivalled anywhere else in town. Tables fill up fast with Cartagena's elite, so book or arrive early to avoid disappointment. Prices are not dissimilar to those in the US, but the food meets the high expectations: try the carpaccio, risotto or ropa viaja
(shredded steak in a tomato sauce). All the while, the band plays on, setting the scene for a Cuban-style night on the tiles.