Where to eat in Santiago de Chile

From nowhere 10 years ago I visited Chile and had a very hard time when it came to meal time. We ended more often than not in the bar of the hotel or in the sushi shop in front of the office. There were many cheap but disappointing restaurants. Eating looked like a necessity; the…

Felix Brasserie, the world cuisine interpreted in Peruvian way.

Peru is my favorite destination for my food journey, every time I discover different things in different places, it’s so exciting! We eat well in Lima, and the spirit of chefs is wide open, of course partly influenced by the ethnic mix, but also due to the personal character I think. So we have been…

040 restaurant, the hidden beauty

On a Friday storm night, we passed trough the noisy street of Bellavista and discovered the very secret 040 restaurant hidden in a private hotel. The waiter introduced us to the underground restaurant salon with a particular design, dove and wine glasses on the ceiling, wooden chairs and table, and the the whole wall of…

Naoki, the Japanese food in his pure traditional way

My Chilean friend who is living in France recommended me this restaurant as soon as I arrived in Santiago and finally here we are! In Chile, the Japanese food is somehow confused with the Peruvian style Japanese cuisine, but for me it’s quite different. In Naoki, you will not find the maki with cream or cheese…

La Calma, the great passion for the sea

The story of La Calma began with Gabriel Layera, with his passion of sea produce, he founded La Caleta Chile, a small business who works with independent fishers and provides seafood products freshly out the sea to the most famous restaurants in Santiago, like Ambrosía, 99 Restaurante, Naoki, Osaka…, thanks to him, eat “pesca del dia” (fish…

I-Ching, my choice of Chinese restaurant in Santiago

Before going to I-Ching, I have tried several Chinese restaurants in Santiago, and they are all very disappointing, the dishes are not tasty, too much MSG, bad quality for the ingredients… So I was desperate until a friend from HongKong talked about I-Ching, so I would like to give a last chance before saying “the…

Maido, the best Nikkei cuisine!

In Lima, the gastronomic capital of Latin American (for me), one experience at Maido is a must, I would say it’s a Asian-latino fusion cuisine rather than a Japanese-Peruvian. The chef is the N°2 on the list of 50 Best Restaurant in Latin America, just after the restaurant Central. We are invited to have a…

Biko, original cuisine with cutting edge technique

Biko is the restaurant run by three gentlemen: Gerard Bellever from Barcelona (Spain), Bruno Oteiza from San Sebastian (Spain) and Mikel Alonso from Biarritz (France). So I would say it’s a Basque-Mexican fusion cuisine. The place is classy, simple and elegant, with design furniture and a hall with high ceiling. The service is simply perfect….

Dulce Patria, a colorful fairy tale

Dulce Patria, the modern Mexican restaurant led by the Chef Martha Ortiz. As soon as we make the first steps inside, we are immediately surrounded by a warm, colorful and intimate atmosphere, red velvet sofa, soft pillows, and you even have the chair with a bow tie behind ! But will the cuisine of Chef Martha…

Ambrosía, perfect to enjoy special occasions

Ambrosía has been one of our priorities on our to do list when settling down in Santiago. The Chef Carolina Bazán has been working during one year in the restaurant Frenchie of Gregory Marchand in France and we feel this influence of bistronomy in her realization. But the atmosphere is far from a French Bistro: it is…

Etienne Marcel, the French patisserie all in finesse

If you have no idea where to have a tea time with good sweet treats, I recommend this French patisserie hiden in a calm street in the Ñuñoa at Santiago. Here you can find French style patisseries like macarons (their special), éclairs, tart… but also some viennoiserie like pain au chocolat, croissant or baguette. The place…

Pad Thai, the place for spicy lovers

Honestly, I didn’t hope to eat a good thaï food in Santiago because I found the people here are not yet getting used to spicy and hot food. So we went there because “why not, let’s try it”! And actually, the food is not as traditional as the one in Thailand, of course, but it’s OK. For…