Cuon is a popular and interesting Asian fusion restaurant in Medellín that has a mix of dishes on the menu from Japan, China, Vietnam, among others.

The dishes at this restaurant are mostly from Japan such as sushi and ramen but there are some dishes on the menu from China, Thailand, Vietnam and even Hawaii.

After you’ve been in Colombia for a while and had your fill of rice, frijoles, patacones and chicharrón and looking for Asian food for a change of pace, Cuon is a very good option.

The dishes and flavors at this restaurant are quite different than any typical Colombian dishes. And there is a wide variety of Asian dishes on the menu.

In addition, this restaurant has a pleasant interior and an open kitchen with a nice view of the cooking if you want to sit at the kitchen bar. Also, there is a back terrace area with several tables plus the bar. And there is a small room in the front with a table.

Note the above photos are courtesy of Cuon.

The open kitchen

The open kitchen

More About Cuon

Cuon is the name of an Asian wild dog that according to a Chinese legend was the cause of the discovery of rice as food.

The Cuon restaurant was inspired by Asia, its culture and its flavors. Cuon offers a trip through different Asian dishes with a fusion of flavors and techniques of this sizable continent

Wok dish with sautéed pork tenderloin, red curry, Chinese roots, teriyaki, rice, black sesame, mushrooms, peas and onions

Wok dish with sautéed pork tenderloin, red curry, Chinese roots, teriyaki, rice, black sesame, mushrooms, peas and onions

The Food Menu

The menu at Cuan has many types of Asian dishes. The menu includes:

  • Over 25 Sushi (Japan) options for 25,000 to 45,000 pesos. Sushi is a Japanese dish of vinegared rice, usually with some sugar and salt, accompanying a variety of ingredients, such as seafood and vegetables.
  • 4 Nigiri (Japan) options for 17,000 to 25,000 pesos. Nigiri is a type of sushi made of thin slices of raw fish over pressed vinegared rice.
  • 8 different Baos (China) for 17,000 to 24,000 pesos. Bao is a type of filled bun or bread-like dumpling in various Chinese cuisines.
  • 2 types of Gyozas (Japan, China) for 16,000 and 18,000 pesos. Gyozas are dumplings, commonly eaten in Japan, China and other parts of East Asia.
  • Pad Thai (Thailand) for 57,000 pesos. Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish common in Thailand.
  • 3 different Yakitori (Japan) for 16,000 to 48,000 pesos. Yakitori is Japanese type of skewered dish cooked over a charcoal fire.
  • 6 Robata or Robatayaki (Japan) dishes for 30,000 to 47,000 pesos. Robata refers to a method of cooking, similar to barbecue in which items of food are cooked at varying speeds over hot charcoal.
  • 6 Poke Bowl (Hawaii) options for 18,000 to 28,000 pesos. Poke is diced raw fish and is one of the main dishes of Native Hawaiian cuisine.
Tuna tataki battered in black sesame, with a salad

Tuna tataki battered in black sesame, with a salad

Sushi, photo courtesy of Cuon

Sushi, photo courtesy of Cuon

There are many other options on the sizable menu. In addition, there are nine appetizers on the menu for 14,000 to 38,000 pesos each.

White chocolate mousse covered in dark chocolate with basil and cardamon ice cream dessert

White chocolate mousse covered in dark chocolate with basil and cardamon ice cream dessert

Finally, there are six desserts on the menu for 18,000 to 20,000 pesos.

The bar at Cuon

The bar at Cuon

The Drink Menu

Cuon has a decent sized drink menu. There are over 25 cocktails on the menu priced from 29,000 to 37,000 pesos. Also, there are over 40 wines available for 70,000 to 780,000 pesos per bottle.

In addition, there are over 40 liquors on the menu priced from 100,000 to 1.6 million pesos per bottle or 12,000 to 120,000 per shot. And there are a few beers on the menu for 9,000 to 10,000 pesos each.

For non-alcoholic drinks they have sodas, tea, Red Bull, and water for 6,500 to 13,000 pesos. Also, there are four coffees on the menu for 3,550 to 4,400 pesos.

Cuon is about a 10-minute walk from the Poblado metro station

Cuon is about a 10-minute walk from the Poblado metro station

How to Get to Cuon

Cuon is located in El Poblado in Medellín very close to Parque Poblado. The nearest Medellín Metro station is the Poblado station on the A Line. And this restaurant is about a 10-minute walk uphill from the Poblado metro station.

Taxis or Uber are other options to get to this restaurant. Every taxi or Uber driver in Medellín will know where Parque Poblado is located.

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Cuonrestaurant/

Address: Calle 8 # 43A-29, El Poblado, Medellín

Phone: +57 4 589 8309

Hours: Monday to Wednesday: Noon to 3 pm and 6 pm to 10:30 pm; Thursday to Saturday: Noon to 11:30 pm; Sunday: Noon to 4:30 pm

Payment accepted: Credit and debit cards and cash.

The Best Asian Restaurants in Medellín

On the Medellin Guru website, we have looked at five of the best Asian restaurants and we plan to look at several more.

  1. Halong Vietnamita – a popular Vietnamese restaurant in El Poblado with very good Vietnamese food.
  2. Cuon – a popular Asian restaurant in El Pobaldo with a fusion of dishes from different countries in Asia.
  3. Lemoncillo – a hidden gem Vietnamese restaurant in Envigado with very good Vietnamese food.
  4. Korea House – a popular Korean restaurant in Laureles with authentic Korean food.
  5. BaoBar – a restaurant in Medellín with very good and authentic Singaporean food.

I like Asian food having lived in Asia for five years when I was younger. And I have found several additional good Asian restaurants in Medellín that we plan to cover.

However, so far in over eight years living in Medellín I haven’t found a really good Chinese restaurant, even though there are many Chinese restaurants in the Medellín area.

Also, I really like Thai food. And there are some Thai restaurants in Medellín. But I haven’t yet found a Thai restaurant in Medellín that I consider good.  So, we don’t plan to cover any of the Chinese or Thai restaurants in Medellín unless we discover one that is good.

Inside Cuon

Inside Cuon

The Bottom Line: Cuon – A Popular Asian Fusion Restaurant in Medellín

Cuon has some very good Asian food and is located in El Poblado. So, this restaurant has been discovered by many foreigners who like Asian food.

I really like the Asian fusion concept of this restaurant with the huge variety of options on the menu.

However, many of the dishes at this restaurant are relatively small and are meant to be shared. If you are used to generous portions of Colombian food – brace yourself.  You will likely need a couple dishes to satisfy your hunger at this restaurant.

When I go with my Colombian wife to this restaurant, we normally order four dishes to share at this restaurant. My wife loves this restaurant!

Readers, what is your favorite Asian restaurant in Medellín?

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