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Santiago Report

James G | May 10, 2002 11:05 AM

Just back from my business trip to Santiago, Chile, and thought I would report on my dining experience there. First off, let me say that I don't think that during the four days I was there I had a single meal that contained anything other than seafood, so if you are not into seafood, read no further.

Hererford Grill, Las Condes. This place is right near El Bosque, an area of the business district that is chock a block of nice looking eateries. Though the name of the place is indicative of beef, we ordered only seafood, starting with an excellent Chilean Sea Bass ceviche (corvina in Spanish) followed by a grilled conger eel (congrio), also excellent. To drink we started with the obligatory pisco sour, followed by a De Martini 1999 Chardonnay, which I thought was very nice.

Aqui Esta Coco, Providencia. This is apparently a very well-known place, and full of foreigners (though also a respectable number of Chileans were in evidence, too). I managed to avoid the pisco sour and try instead a 'bitter batido', which I have no idea what it contained, other than Angostura bitters, but was still great. They do a sea urchin (erizo) appetizer that is just plain old raw sea urchins with chopped onion and cilantro and is out of this world! And since they are local the price for the size of the serving is unbelievable to anyone who has had uni in a US (or Japanese) sushi bar. They also do a great dish of salmon and sole (lenguado) braided together with a mushroom sauce, which served as my main course. Flan was just OK.

Sushihana, Las Condes. With all the seafood all over the place, it seemed a good bet to try the local sushi. Indeed, it was everything I had hoped. This place has some interesting rolls that I had never seen before, including one that is made of small shrimp (cooked) with a mayonnaise-tabasco sauce. Their sashimi platter for two was huge (we could not finish it) and outstanding. A very simple combination of fish--salmon, sea bass, and octopus, but all just incredibly tasty and fresh. And we had an uni order on the side, too, that was even better than the urchins at Aqui Esta Coco.

My other meals were either not worth reporting on or outside of Santiago.

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