La Cascada Colombian Restaurant New Haven CT
Thanks for letting us know of this new place, advertised as "the best authentic Columbian restaurant in New Haven". Since it is the only one I know of in town, the prophecy is self-fulfilling! I arrived about 1:30 for a late lunch, and there was only one other table occupied.
The room seats about 40, plus what appeared to be a bar in a back alcove, but the lights were out there so I'm not sure. The decor is clean but unassuming, with some vaguely spanish watercolors on the walls. I decided to try the Bandeja Paisa (Country Platter?) and soon found that the Columbians, like the Brazilians, enjoy a surfeit of protein. A large plate arrived with a thin steak topped with a fried egg, a mildly spicy chorizo sausage, a huge crusty bacon slab, a slice of avocado on a fried plantain, plus frijoles and arroz. The steak was a little tough so I wished I had gotten the pork or chicken variation, but everything else was fine. The wine list only had six rather ordinary wines plus sangria, and since I had a long drive ahead, I passed on alcohol and had tea instead. The waitress was friendly and there is a private parking lot on the south side of Grand Avenue between Olive and the expressway. Their menu (available at www.lacascadanewhaven.com) has many meat and seafood offerings, and according to a review on another site, they can arrange for a vegetarian plate as well. The prices are quite reasonable for the size of the servings.