Within half an hour, the delivery guy was at our door with a whole bunch of food. The food was still nice and warm. Very impressed. Oh and another good thing about this restaurant is that they offer free delivery and there isn't a tax. What you see on the menu is what you pay.
After we opened up the food from the brown bags, we were shocked by the amount of food!! It looks as though there was enough food to feed a party of 10! We ordered a Bandeja Paisa ($17) and one portion of Costillas De Cerdo ($7). The total bill came up to $24, excluding tips.
This is the Bandeja Paisa. It's a mixed BBQ tray for two people. For two people? I think it can feed 6 people, at least! You know the kind of trays caterer's use for buffets? That's the size of the tray! :P There were 3 large pieces of beef steak, one giant home made pork sausage, one pork crackling, 3 fried eggs, sliced BBQ plantains, two avocado halves, french fries, a whole tub of beans and yellow rice packed in that tray. I cannot believe the amount of rice they gave us, it lined the whole bottom of the tray..all packed in! So, we know that the portion size passed the test, but what about the taste? Welll....it's great! I do not know what they used to marinade the steaks but it was just so flavorful and good. The pork crackling wasn't as crispy as I would like it to be but it was alright too. The star of the night was the home made pork sausage. Really really good. It was so full of flavor, you can taste little burst of spices in each bite.
Costillas De Cerdo is actually Grilled Pork Ribs. That came with a huge amount of yellow rice and fries too! After tasting the super yummy Bandeja Paisa, the grilled pork ribs didn't really quite meet the mark. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. Yes, it was juicy and stuff but the intense flavor of Colombian BBQ just wasn't there.
Overall, I think the food is good, portions are huge and the pricing is pretty affordable. I would definitely order from this restaurant again. Maybe I'll just order about 100 bucks worth of home made pork sausages! They are soooooooooo yummy! :P
Columbia Parrilladas Restaurant
65 Washington Avenue,
Belleville, NJ 07109
Tel: (973) 450-4500
Open Tuesday - Sunday ( 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM)