The staff is attentive and well-versed in communicating with foreigners-there are even menus in English and French which is a real rarity in the restaurants in Bogota, indeed in Colombia. A sleek bar provides the perfect spot to sup on some red wine before you move on to dinner. The menu is varied, but the simple dishes take the crown with delicious steaks and lamb chops, and perfect mussels. Balzac is popular with families during the week, but later at night and on the weekend the crowd becomes significantly more glitzy. The bodyguards outside are a nod to some of Balzac’s more renowned clients, and you might well spot a politician or two enjoying an oyster cocktail. As with all places in Zona T, Balzac is a key people-watching site, so if you’re keen to mingle with a sophisticated set then here is a good place to start.