With its bustling cities, stunning vistas, and of course, the white peaks of the Andes, Chile remains an incredibly popular holiday destination for travelers from all over the world. In the last five years, Chile has experienced something of a gastronomical revolution, thanks to renowned chefs like Rodolfo Guzman and renowned pastry chef Gustavo Saez who are making their mark in the foodie world. With such amazing culinary options, it’s hard to resist such temptations!
The landscape of Chilean cuisine is truly exciting featuring the freshest fish and fruits which, ideally, are matched with a crisp glass of Chilean wine. If you are heading to the bustling city of Santiago, then you may want to spend an evening at Bajo Llave, a cozy, cave-like eatery famed for its fusion of Mediterranean and Chilean cuisine.
If you are looking to hang out with the locals, El Diablito in Santiago is the perfect place to venture to. You can enjoy local specialties such as the ‘carne a la diabla’ and wash it down with one of their traditional beers.
Love a glass of crisp Chilean wine? Well, who doesn’t? Bocanáriz is deemed one of the best restaurants in the Chilean capital and when you visit this elegant eatery tucked away in trendy Barrio Lastarria, it is easy to see why! Combining urban vibes with exposed brick walls and a luxury chandelier, you can relax in an effortlessly cool atmosphere and try some of the finest wine from Chilean vineyards all over the country.
If you are looking to combine a luxurious night out of fun with fine dining, then you must pay a visit to the five-star Monticello Casino in Mostazal. Not only can you enjoy a delicious meal and a few drinks, but you can also hit the tables afterward. Get your research on by making sure you are one step ahead of your friends and dazzle them with your impressive skills!
Or head up Chile’s stunning coastline to Viña del Mar where you can not only enjoy a delicious meal and some fun play, but this casino is also home to a variety of poker championships too!
Prefer a cozy dinner for two? Head to Silabario, in Santiago, which is located in a traditional Chilean home, and expect to enjoy some delicious dishes that reflect Chile’s indigenous Mapuche population such as ‘milcao’ (a lovely pancake dish). Each guest can also enjoy a homemade complimentary aperitif, which is infused with murta berry.
The Silvestre Bistro is a local favorite and it is easy to see why; it epitomizes laid-back dining and has a real outdoors dinner party vibe. Main entrées start at just $8000 CLP —what a bargain!
For brunch, you must try Casa Zucca, as it’s one of the delightful eateries in El Golf that is ideal for a lazy Sunday morning brunch with good friends. While the menu choices may be limited, the portions are huge!
There are also lots of great choices for vegetarians such as El Huerto (where you can enjoy one of the best salads in Santiago) and Shakti, which is located in Barrio Italia.
With so many incredible restaurants to choose from, it is easy to see why the likes of SAVEUR magazine has named Chile’s capital city, Santiago, as it’s “Next Great Food City”. Like many other foodies, they believe that Chile is “up and coming” when it comes to all things food. So, why not make your next foodie trip to South America. You won’t regret it!
Guest article contributed by Yanick THEODOSE.