The small, intimate Kolonialen is devoid of pretense and focused on providing a simple, delicious, Chilean experience. Depending on the time of day, Kolonialen begs you to treat yourself to fresh coffee and a scone or some empanada, tapas or a “pizzette”. The menu is simple, yet rich.
Coffee and juice seem to take center stage, though Spanish beer and Chilean wine wait in the wings.
The contrast between warm (red brick, subdued lighting, wood) and cold (white and checkered tiles, steel barista equipment) creates an atmosphere perfectly suited for a romantic dinner for two (or 3 if you swing that way) or a casual meeting between friends. The dishes are designed for sharing.
There’s a slowness to the place as well, conducive to relaxation and thought. Adding to that atmosphere is the shop directly accessible via Kolonialen, with its collection of designer lamps, paintings, furniture and other curiosities and kitcheries.
I actually had an embarrassing incident when I was there the first time – one I’m sure you’ve all experienced as well. I was sitting there all by myself when a man (the owner, I think) turned around as he was leaving and waved good-bye. I looked him straight in the eye and gave him a smile before realizing he was looking at someone else. I didn’t even care; I was having such a nice time I just continued smiling as he turned to leave and I took another bite out of my yummy chèvre, thyme and honey pizzette.