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“New and great!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of FM RESTAURANTE

FM RESTAURANTE
Calle 2DA de Badillo | 36-151, Cartagena, Colombia
57 5 6647973
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Ranked #48 of 357 Restaurants in Cartagena
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Right next to Pizza en el Parque
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“New and great!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2012

I loved Francisco Montoya's new place. A beautiful old house, you can eat at the Patio or inside the air conditioned nicely decorated rooms. Excelent grouper (mero)...! I loved the salmon timbal with tomato coulis....! Do not miss the chocolate mousse.....! Very good service and Francisco is a gem....!

Visited January 2012
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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Nice ambience but the chef tries maybe a bit too hard ( and does not always deliver)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012 via mobile

Slick interior, feels a bit like a hamptons outfit. The menu is different and goes beyond the typical colombian fare. The reviews at our table were mixed. We loved the warm, fresh bread rolls and the tuna tartar. The mini crab sandwiches are good but more a big lunch than an appetizer. when we asked to wrap them up to bring home we never saw the leftover back. maybe lost in translation? the sate with cucumber yoghurt sauce was a definite miss. Not really sate, but a lump of chewy meat on a stick. As for the entrees. The fish dishes were ok, but the sides were very carb centred, they don't like greens here. again the meat dish was a miss; quantity over quality. all in all very pricey for what you get. It is almost NY prices, wihout the commensurate quality and attention to detail.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“The usual tourist chow”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Once again, an average dinner in San Diego. The walled city restaurants have ambiance and hospitality down pat but the kitchen staff really doesn't have the chops to deliver high level fare. You're better off eating in one of the few typical Colombian places, or street food for a tenth of the price.

Visited February 2012
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Montreal, Canada
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
“Nice ambience & decor, welcoming and helpful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Restaurant very close to Hotel Santa Clara, good quality food and ingredients, no surprises, no disappointments, helpful staff and little waiting for food. Dinner for two with wine, tax, tip, $240,000 (approx $150 US). Live piano on Friday night. Easy to get a table at 7:30pm, busy by 9:30pm when we left. Small patio in centre of restaurant.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Open-air setting, delicious food, great wines and attentive staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

We stayed in Cartagena for 1 week and went to FM twice because it was simply just that good. On our first visit I had the cool Green Gazpacho soup as an appetizer and my husband had a creamy Roquefort Cheese Fondue. Both appetizers were fantastic. The soup had a subtle blend of flavours and one can rarely go wrong with cheese fondue. For the main, my husband had steak with three sauces, cooked perfectly to his liking. I had an orzo pasta dish with seafood that was delicious. The desserts on this visit didn't impress either of us much - we had mango mousse and chocolate mousse.

Going back somewhere a second time can often be disappointing but not this time. Highlights of this meal were Beef Tenderloin in a Honey Mustard Sauce, perfectly made Creme Caramel (easy to make but rarely done so well) and Poached Pear in a Pistachio Cream Sauce.

Wines by the glass were good and they have a nice selection of many wines from around the world by the bottle with particular emphasis from Argentina and Chile.

If we ever have the pleasure of returning to Cartagena, we will definitely revisit FM.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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