Although cities like Lima and Buenos Aires hold much of South America’s culinary acclaim, Santiago is quickly rising in esteem, leading this Chilean metropolis to stand amongst the continent’s best. With myriad bars and restaurants opening in the capital city combined with several markets selling fresh produce and protein, it’s no wonder Chile is a contender among the ranks of the culinary elite.
During a visit to the city, book a table at Santiago’s newest restaurant: Comprised of a surprise tasting menu, Restaurant 040 is fast becoming Santiago’s most notable culinary address. Located beneath the unsuspecting façade of the Tinto Boutique Hotel, only those truly in the know would realize the restaurant’s subtle location. Helmed by chef Sergio Barroso, who recently won chef of the year in Chile and is known for producing dishes influenced by molecular gastronomy, the restaurant serves a range of six, ten, or twelve-course menus featuring plenty of Asian influence and modern twists on classic South American favorites like ceviche with leche de tigre and Chilean sea urchin.
After your meal, head to the rooftop to Room 09, a speakeasy serving the city’s best libations. With only the light of candles and the sound of classic hits in the air, enjoy this romantic alcove with unobstructed views of Santiago below.
No trip to Santiago is complete without a visit to the surrounding wine valleys, which serve as the perfect complement to an exploratory culinary journey in Chile’s capital. Less than two hours from Santiago, venture into the Casablanca Valley to visit boutique, small batch wineries like Kingston Family Vineyards, Villard, and La Recova, each producing anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 bottles per year. Due to competition from corporate wineries, these boutique wineries joined forces to create MOVI, spawning Chile’s first independent vintners’ movement.
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