What I Ate: Santiago, Chile

During my dad’s short time in Santiago, I made sure to take full advantage of all the restaurants and delicious food in Chile (especially since I knew it would be on my dad’s tab!!). Here is a quick run down of a few of the places we’ve managed to try in Chile’s capital city.
The first day, we went to the Mercado Central. In a refurbished old train or bus terminal, this is the central hub for food shoppers in Santiago. Both in the building and surrounding areas, there are hundreds of fruit vendors, meat stores, cheese shops and just about every other food you can imagine. We ate at this restaurant inside the market that specialized in seafood. For appetizers we had a baked king crab cheese dip and scallops cooked in butter and garlic, both baked in ceramic bowls and served straight from the oven. For our entrees we shared three different fish dishes: battered and deep fried white fish, a caper crusted grilled Chilean Sea bass over a crab & shellfish ragu, and then a buttered pouched Ecuadorian shimp with LOTS of garlic and Parmesan cheese. Needless to say, they were all incredible and really hit the spot.
For dinner that night, we went to a Peruvian restaurant. Known to be a specialty in Santiago (especially since Chilean food isn’t much to write home about..), I knew I had to take my dad to one. We arrived at this adorable 2 story restaurant that had plants climbing up the antique wrought iron banisters and hand painted name plates at each table. For appetizers, we got an empanada sampler, which had various types of meat or seafood stuffed inside a dough and then baked. Much like a mini calzone, these were a delicious start to the meal, especially with the spicy aji dipping sauce that went with them.
For the entrees, we each got something different, and then sampled off each others plates. The three dishes were: a crispy duck stir fry with vegetables and Peruvian rice, a lamb curry style dish over a lima bean puree, and a crispy pork with a rich sweet potato and corn glaze. Que ricoooo. They were all so delicious, we couldn’t get over the yumminess!

The next night, we ate at another seafood restaurant a little bit outside of the city center. We went all out for my dad’s last meal, and got 2 appetizers, 3 entrees, a bottle of wine, and dessert! Again, we each got different meals. The appetizers were fried calamari and a cold ceviche with shrimp and corvino. For entrees, my dad got a hot king crab bake, Sam got a grilled swordfish over pasta and I got a Chilean Sea bass over cheesy polenta and gnocchi. Again, we couldn’t really go wrong. All of the food sounded delicious and it turned out to be a great choice in restaurant. Even though he was only here for 2 days, I think my dad really enjoyed his time and he certainly enjoyed all the yummy food!

Author: Megan Arz

I am a travel and food obsessed Midwesterner living in Chicago and dreaming of the world. I work as a full-time program manager for Greenheart Travel, but I am also committed to integrating the travel lifestyle into my every day routines. I am passionate about ethical travel, meeting new people, creating unique memories and eating local cuisine!

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