Restaurante 040, Santiago, 6/21/17

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speak easy bar

Restaurante 040 is located in the basement of a hotel where you have to ring for entry but eating there will grant you entry into the ‘speak-easy’ on the rooftop.  The medium sized place had a fairly dressy crowd with background music playing and lots of white birds hanging from the ceiling in addition to wine glass racks.  As you enter the restaurant there is a bar from which we ordered martinis listed on their “classics” menu. From there communication broke down.  We agreed to their 12 course tasting menu only system, ordered a bottle of wine for dinner, stated no allergies and then were left alone as we watched all the other tables start their menu.  We flagged down the waiter and said we were ready for the wine and to start the menu and still nothing happened till they brought the wrong bottle of wine.  

interior
rooftop bar

 

It was an hour before any food appeared and overall I’d say it was not worth the wait.  The food spends more time on appearance than taste, and it really succeeds on the ‘pretty’ factor but too often the textures were just mush. Another caution if you decide to go is to eat a good lunch as the food is very light and sparse.

cocktail menu
cocktail menu
menu cover
menu cover
menu 1
menu 1
menu 2
menu 2
menu 3
menu 3
wine list
wine list
menu back
menu back
Frankie couldn't reach the martini
Frankie couldn’t reach the martini
interior
interior, looking toward kitchen
interior
interior
interior
interior, looking toward entry bar
table set up
table set up

 

The first course was a dumpling stuffed with pork rib and egg yolk and a cup of  smoked broth with seafood and chicken.  The broth was indeed smoky but otherwise bland.  The dumpling was on the salty side but nicely savory.

Dumpling of pork rib and smoked broth
Dumpling of pork rib and smoked broth
Dumpling of pork rib and smoked broth
closer dumpling
Dumpling of pork rib and smoked broth
closer broth
underneath foam
underneath foam
wine
wine

 

Fried banana was stuffed with seafood ceviche and guacamole.  It was also salty and a bit of a mish-mash of tastes.  No one flavor stood out but it was reasonably good.

Fried banana with ceviche and guacamole
Fried banana with ceviche and guacamole
closer
closer
Frankie found some flowers
Frankie found some flowers

 

Two pieces of faux sushi were actually tuna with saffron/garlic risotto and beef with parmesan, blue cheese and apple risotto.  Both again were salty and mushy but fine.

Tuna on saffron/garlic risotto and beef loin on cheese and apple risotto
Tuna on saffron/garlic risotto and beef loin on cheese and apple risotto
closer
closer
closer
closer

 

A turnip was marinated with beet juice and stuffed with sea bass and tomato risotto.  It was a little spicy with raw chunks of sea bass and topped with crunchy rice.  It was okay but 3 courses of risotto seemed like overkill.

Turnip with sea bass and tomato risotto
Turnip with sea bass and tomato risotto
another angle
another angle

 

Crab and coconut from Thailand were stuffed into a cream puff like pastry.  The crab was good and blended well with the fish eggs on top.  There was a bit of spice to it and the pastry was nice.  It was nice.

Crab and coconut puff
Crab and coconut puff

 

An egg shell was stuffed with octopus, bean foam and something pickled.  It was salty and had something crunchy inside.  It was okay but by now I’m really ready for texture beyond baby food.

Octopus and bean foam
Octopus and bean foam
closer
closer
Frankie wanted to sniff it
Frankie wanted to sniff it
inside
inside

 

A cuttlefish ravioli with bean, tomato, chutney and pickled onion was a stacked option where the parts didn’t meld at all with each other.  Guacamole was used to stick the 2 portions together but it was tasteless.  The dough was heavy and gummy and the bean portion was too greasy.

Cuttlefish ravioli with bean, tomato and onion
Cuttlefish ravioli with bean, tomato and onion
another angle
another angle
closer
closer
inside the pieces
inside the pieces

 

A caramelized tomato was stuffed with whitefish and served beside melted lettuce with capers.  The tomato was really tough and the whitefish so overcooked it was stinky.   If you could get a piece of tomato separated from the fish it was good mixed with the lettuce goo.

Caramelized tomato stuffed with whitefish and liquid lettuce
Caramelized tomato stuffed with whitefish and liquid lettuce
inside
inside

 

Roasted potato was stuffed with beef tartar and cilantro for the next course.  The potato was tough and that was an issue as with other courses because they tended to provide inadequate utensils (no knives) to deal with the foods.  It was another salty offering.  That was the end of the 10 salty courses (their apt description).

Potato stuffed with beef tartar and cilantro
Potato stuffed with beef tartar and cilantro
from the side
from the side
separated
separated

 

The first dessert was canoli with margarita foam which was tasteless and soft.  The other portion was a faux lemon which was truly tart.

Margarita canoli and faux lemon
Margarita canoli and faux lemon
closer
closer

 

The final dessert was donuts made of cheesecake with grapefruit vinegar.  At last a crisp crust with the light cream cheese filling was a nice textural contrast.  The dots on top were some kind of berry goo that was not that sweet and the whole thing screamed to have some butter included in the crust.

Cheesecake donuts
Cheesecake donuts
Frankie checked them out
Frankie checked them out
closer
closer

 

Frankie played in the box
Frankie played in the box
door to upstairs bar
door to upstairs bar
drink
drink at the speak-easy

 

One thought on “Restaurante 040, Santiago, 6/21/17

  1. Sorry, the restaurant sounds like it was NOT worth the wait, but the food looks good. Of course, it can always look good and not be good, like you said! The restaurant looks nice, it it is the food that counts. Frankie looks adorable, as always. Why did you and Charles and Frankie have to wait an hour, did they only allow so many people at a time for the 12 course? Wish it had been a better experience for you! Great blog and pictures, though, as usual!

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