Restaurant Peumayen, Santiago, 6/25/17

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Peumayen is a fairly large place with a tarp-covered open air patio in the the room adjacent to the main building.  The patio has a large pass through window into the semi-open kitchen. Rustic woods make up the floor whereas the tabletops are of polished wood appointed with a stone to set the wooden plates on and the smallest cloth napkin.  Soft Spanish background music plays and there is a lively crowd that included several large groups.  The menu has been translated into English but the waiter willingly goes through an explanation of the menu.  There are a la carte options as well as plates of multiple things.   Continue reading

Restaurant Ambrosía, Santiago, 6/24/17

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Ambrosía is in an old house, so is a fairly large place divided into several rooms. The good sized tables are of a glossy wood, well spaced and appointed with comfy chairs and lovely large cloth napkins.  Music plays softly in the background and service is attentive, well paced and friendly.  It is a family run restaurant with the dad and his son working the front, his daughter, Carolina Bazán,  is the chef and his wife helps in front but is mainly in charge of their catering business.  I’m guessing it was due to some of her recent commissions that there were so many gorgeous fresh flower arrangements around the restaurant.  The son, Alvaro Bazán recommended our wine which was a good pick and a nice value.   Continue reading

Liguria Bar, Santiago, 6/24/17

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Liguria Bar is a huge place where drinks are the main part of the huge menu.  Upon entering there is a long bar with stools and a selection of cozy tables surrounded by walls covered with pictures and divided by some partitions.  As you venture back, you pass the kitchen and then it opens up to a lovely airy back room with a high ceiling but again the walls are covered with art.  There are stairs leading up to another level from there.  They offer not only full cocktail service but a wonderful selection of wines, by the glass, bottle, 175cc or 430 cc. Their delicious food choices are fairly heavy, designed to soak up a fair amount of alcohol.  They have some snacks and sandwiches that are offered all the time but also have a list of daily plates.   Continue reading

BORAGó Restaurante, Santiago, 6/23/17

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The large patio is on the front of the modern building that houses Boragó. The night we ate there, no diners were there instead it was filled with a grill and kitchen folks tending a large piece of lamb and other foods.  The smells were an enticing way to enter.  Inside, the dining room was a rectangular space book-ended with walls of windows (one looking out on the front patio).  Another wall is made up of the good sized kitchen and many personnel.  The bare tables are made of large planks of wood that are nicely spaced around the room on an interesting concrete and stone floor. Chef Rodolfo Guzmán built BORAGó the end of 2006 to focus exclusively on food from the Chilean territory, some gathered by the chefs themselves and other items from small local producers.   Continue reading

Fuente Alemana, Santiago, 6/23/17

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Fuente Alemana is a large sandwich shop set up with a U-shaped counter encasing a bunch of hustling women making mammoth sandwiches of thin sliced pork or beef.  Stools around the bar are first come, first taken with no monitoring from staff.  There is also a counter around the outer walls for your food and drink while you stand and eat.  There is a nice shelf underneath where you can store things that might be in your hands.  Most sandwiches come with tomato, sauerkraut and tons of mayonnaise on a pretty basic bun.  Many also have avocado but ours got lost in the translation.   Continue reading

99 Restaurante, Santiago, 6/22/17

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99 Restaurante, named for its number on the block, is a small place with a fairly large plastic enclosed patio for extra seating.  Inside the tables are made of thick pieces of wood, nicely spaced and set with small cloth napkins, modern music plays in the background and a large open kitchen dominates the space.  They offer a surprise tasting menu of 6 or 9 courses only with wine pairings available (a little over $33 per person for the 9 course tasting). A wine list is available and they will present you with a list of the foods and wines after the meal, if requested.  Portion sizes are well scaled.  They have been open almost 3 years and the staff spoke excellent English and couldn’t have been more welcoming and friendly. Sitting across from the kitchen provided a fun show between courses, although pacing never lagged.   Continue reading

Salvador cocina y café, Santiago, 6/22/17

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Salvador cocina y café is a large 2 story place with crowded tables and a lively vibe. Downstairs is a high ceiling and  a modern feel whereas upstairs the ceiling is low and the walls are decorated with kitchen utensils and meat charts.  It is a place of simple, home-style food with quick and friendly service.  They do specials at lunch which include first, main, dessert, iced tea and coffee and these appeared very popular based on the number of people there.  According to the waiter these specials change daily.   Continue reading