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Sometimes when travelling you need to treat yourself. Whether it be a special, tasty meal that reminds you of home, or a bit of a fancy restaurant where you can relax for a while. We found both these little luxuries at República in Santa Cruz.
It was a rainy day in Santa Cruz, we’d arrived the afternoon before from La Paz after a 20 hour bus journey, and we setting off in the afternoon on a 17 hour train journey to Quijarro, on the Brazilian border. Santa Cruz is Bolivia’s largest city, but it doesn’t feel like it – there´s no high rise buildings, and there didn’t seem to be much traffic either.
The restaurant doesn’t stand out as typically Bolivian. Typically Bolivian being more like the places we ate in La Paz.
We ordered pineapple juices blended with milk and then had to make the tough decision of which dish to order from the menu.
He went for grilled trout with a blue cheese sauce. I went for a big salad full of avocado and prawns. I can’t resist an avocado!
We watched people skip the puddles in the street, and sipped our juices while we waited.
Food this good warrants a picture or two, then it’s time to dig in!
The salad was yummy but the trout was something else (so I’m told, it was too delicious to share). Forget Lima being the food capital of South America, go to República.
When we get back I’m on a mission to recreate that trout dish!