Created by three young Colombians who came to Canada in search of a new lifestyle. Two architects and a former anthropologist that pursued a cooking career in Vancouver created a piece of South America, bringing to Vancouver new flavors, music and culture.
Baru Latino is a comfortable minimal space where the passion for food and design came together. This is one of those small wonders, designed for appreciative eaters who want to be part of a new South American experience, where flavors from Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina come together in creative way.
This restaurant has only 1 dish that is peruvian - and that is the peruvian ceviche - and to add it is not even good, you can get better at El inka Latin deli (they have the best in vancouver currently) oh ya and they have a pisco sour...
The majority of this food is Mexican and Columbian - and frankly it is kinda of shady to brand your food peruvian without serving any!
This restaurant is best categorized as Latin Fusion.
The food is not bad, Id say the price is a good value for the quality and taste, they have not changed their menu for 2 years so that is kinda sad.
Been a while since we went out for Latin food, and this was a very nice meal. The warm atmosphere and music were enjoyable, as was the quick, polite service. Appetizer, drinks and meals did not disappoint either, both the tuna and halibut dishes were very tasty. We will return here, and recommend it.
The food at Baru is outstanding: we ordered The Platanitos, The Baru Ceviche, The Chipotle Mussels and Seared Scallops for appetizers and The Tuna Caribe, Guava Glazed Pork and Paella for dinner. All six of us tasted and shared all of the dishes and liked every single one. For dessert, we all ordered the same one and each had our own: The Morrocho. It was creative and taste was to die for.
Service was amazing: servers were happy, helpful, knowledgeable, attentive and pleasant. All wonderful qualities that these servers have that made our dining experience an amazing one.
The restaurant is a fun and vibrant. Great set up and place to be for Latin food.
I have been to this restaurant many times and it has consistently delivered excellent food and service. I love the low key and funky atmosphere. The Mojitos are the best in the city. This place is a fantastic place for a fun date out. Go try it for sure!!
If you want to get a taste from colombia, that's the place, the food & service are excellent. It is a little pricy but it's wort it.
I recently visited Baru over the Victoria Day weekend. This was my second experience in six months. The food was fair. Is it authentic? Not quite, but they try. There are flashes of brilliance with the food, but they do such a disservice by dressing up the food with unnecessary (and un-authentic) ingredients. For example, I started with the Peruvian ceviche dish as an appy. Ceviche is never served on top of whole wheat wafers. The chefs thought that they would make a nice presentation with the dish by with a balsamic vinegar design on the plate below the 3 wafers with ceviche on them. Basically, what Baru is doing is taking traditional, peasant food and giving it a distinct flair of their own to conform with the rest of Vancouver dining -- trendy, hip, cool.
I also ordered the Sancochito (soup). This soup had every intention of being tasty, however, I was disappointed in it. Again by adding a few unnecessary ingredients, they alter the flavor and intent of the dish. They added corn and stewed tomatos. They weren't liberal enough with the yucca, (pronounced with a long 'u' yoo-ka) which is one of the underpinnings of the dish. To top it off, the yucca wasn't even cooked all the way through.
For my main course, I ordered the paella. I don't know if any of you have ever had paella, but Baru's paella tasted more like jambalaya than it did paella.
I rated the food as decent, and it was. It wasn't what you'd find in a Manizales or Arequipa kitchen, but I suppose you give up flavor for presentation and ambiance (which is great). The food is 'watered down' enough for the palate of the average Vancouverite.
Baru is the kind of resturant that is inviting and friendly. I often go there after work for the Cevice, grilled Tuna and the very yummy Paella. Don't forget the pitcher of Sangria!
I highly recomend Baru!