The TripAdvisor reviews for La Cevicheria didn’t stack up quite as highly as some of the other restaurants in Cartagena, but seeing as it’s somewhat of an institution here (Gabriel Garcia Marquez used to frequent the spot), we decided to give a whirl. It was Sunday anyhow, when few restaurants were open. The exterior of the restaurant was the picture of charm: brilliant turquoise doors and window frames and a balcony enmeshed in pink flower bushes.

Sven ordered the Vietnamese Rice dish, which came in a coconut shell overflowing with ‘mariscos’ and with two fried plantain discs propped up in an endearingly designed wooden box tray.

I opted for the Tropical Paella dish, which was super flavorful and generous in terms of seafood. The only drawback was how sugary the dishes were — in some of my bites, you could almost crunch on the sugar crystals in the rice.

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