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Family tradition fuels Brasa Rosa’s flavorful Colombian chicken

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Brasa Roja’s Antioquia Custom Dish—featuring sausage, rice, beans, plantains and more—and (background) chicken breast with garlic.
Photo: Steve Marcus
Jason Harris

Commercial Center has long been known for its variety of ethnic food. From Thai standouts to hidden Indian gems to globally influenced sausage spots, there’s always something unique to check out in the complex on east Sahara Avenue. And now you can add to that one of the few Colombian restaurants in Las Vegas: Brasa Roja.

Native Colombian Jorge Gacharna and wife Jeannette—who have two iterations of the eatery in Chicago—have brought their successful formula to Las Vegas in a large, if unassuming, space. The rotisserie chicken is the centerpiece; upon entry, guests see birds spinning as they cook, literally dripping with flavor. The secret marinade on the fowl is an old family recipe.

Another succulent winner is the char-broiled New York Strip steak, which features a spice blend that enhances the natural taste of the meat. Served with hefty hunks of fried potatoes, cassava (aka yucca) and sweet plantains, this plate has enough protein and carbohydrates on it that it could replace pasta as a go-to pre-marathon meal. And the carbs don’t stop there. Grab some Colombian beef or chicken empanadas with a tangy salsa verde, or an arepa, a corn pancake stuffed with cheese, flatter than the Venezuelan version to which most Las Vegans have become accustomed.

Save room for dessert. Colombian cuisine is known for its pastries, so you can look forward to roscones (ring sweet bread) and buñuelos (fried fritters) … along with more of that chicken.

BRASA ROJA 953 E. Sahara Ave. #E29, 702-836-0815. Daily, 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.

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