San Antonio finally has a top-rated Colombian restaurant thanks to Alvaro Cardenas who owns Fruty, Coma. Located in a shopping center which is in between Huebner and Bandera the restaurant is easy to find.
Inside the restaurant the décor is festive with a heavy emphasis on green and yellow giving one the feeling that he is in Colombia. I had heard of this place and I finally made it during my lunch hour. Mr. Cardenas greeted me warmly and asked me if I was familiar with Colombian food. I answered him gladly telling him that I had been introduced to Colombian food in Miami. The first Colombian dish that I had was the popular Bandeja Paisa and that is what I ordered here. Mr. Cardenas explained that he prepares the food as it is ordered giving it a fresh taste and leading to a satisfied customer.
The restaurant was first opened as a fruit and fruit juice and smoothie place. Then he noticed the lack of Colombian food in San Antonio and decided to expand to include the typical dishes from his native country. There are many Colombians and Latin Americans living in San Antonio who have become his regular customers. But many locals have been introduced to Colombian cuisine which has its own distinctive taste.
I ordered their signature Fruty Coma Special Juice which contains juices from seven different fruits. He brought that to me first and the appearance was very tropical. As soon as I took a sip through the straw I was taken back to my childhood in my native Cuba since we have similar fruit drinks. It was delicious.
My plate arrived about 15 minutes after I ordered but it was worth the wait. I just took a look at its presentation and my mouth began to water. It was served in a deep dish and included a steak, sausage with lemon, green plantains, pork rind, an egg over steam rice, an avocado, and a lettuce and tomato adornment to give it some color. A side dish of red beans was served along with it. What a feast it was.
I took my time in eating it since I hadn’t tasted this food in such a long time. It was delicious and I am glad this restaurant is in town.
As a “ Latino” I had to ask what desserts he had and he suggested a couple and then we settled on the typical Brevas con Arequipe y Queso which is basically figs filled with dulce de leche inside, vanilla ice cream, and cream cheese. I had never had this before but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was simply exquisite.
The next time I visit this place I have to try their arepas and other juices as well.
They are located at 7007 Bandera Rd. Ste. 14.
You can read the entire menu here: