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“Best Ambiance, Food & Food Presentation in Santiago”

Peumayen Ancestral Food
Ranked #3 of 4,945 Restaurants in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $19 - $38
Cuisines: American, Chilean, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: "Dreamed place" in Mapuche language or Mapudungun's. The result of a thorough investigation of Chile culinary roots, reflected in a menu that combines products, techniques and original preparations of the main pre-Hispanic cultures in Chile with a contemporary touch.
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Great first impression: the lighting, seating, outside area and open kitchen are beautiful. The service was well above average for Chile. Fantastic food starting with the breads that represent North to South of Chile. We did the sampling of the appetizers - amazing. Had the horse & never thought I'd eat caballo and I loved it. My boyfriend got the lamb and the sauce complimented the lamb well. Did the sampling of the desserts as well and we wanted to lick the plate clean. Without a doubt, I'll be back.

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1  Thank Jkarnowski
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Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Initially we were reluctant to visit this restaurant on the basis of reviews that mention horse on the menu. But we decided "when in Rome".....although that philosophy did not extend as far as actually ordering the horse = Cholchol.
We had our Hotel call for a reservation on the day (a Friday) and were offered a 9pm outside table only. Although we arrived early at 8.30pm, there were no issues and we were seated in the lovely rear courtyard which is actually located off the kitchen and affords a better view of the kitchen team at work.
SERVICE: I feel almost sorry to give 4 stars for the sake of the chef and his team, as they put a tremendous amount of precision and effort into each dish, but were definitely let down by the floor staff. We were assigned the one waitress who could speak English, although the menu is also provided in English. It was good to have her explain a dish as it arrived, but like a singer struggling to reach high notes, any (numerous) English words she wasn't sure on just faded into a mumble. Just wasnt very polished. However, whilst rating high in amusement value for us, in terms of a critique it wasn't professional to witness the argument that played out during the night between head chef and our waitress, resulting in her rather lackluster demeanour and some plate throwing through kitchen pass!
FOOD: Good value for money, and a very generous provision of amuse bouche (a pomegranate & mango spoonful of tastiness) and complimentary bread tray per person, and later a refreshing palette cleanser. The starter tasting plate to share seems to be the option preferred by 90% of diners, and a good way to sample assorted flavours. For mains we had a lamb dish (a hearty shank in a tomato based stew scattered with small herb filled dumplings) and an oxtail stew (served cleverly in 'bowls' made of grilled potato). Although we enjoyed both dishes, they were far from our favourite meals in this City. It should be mentioned that we both have salty palettes and often miss the taste of seasoning, at this restaurant however we felt the meals were almost too salty. We had a nice bottle of Starry Night Syrah that matched well to the meals. Also shared the dessert tasting plate which was plentiful and tasted ok, but under the courtyard heater the many scoops of various icecream melted before we could demolish them.
BANOS: Presented clean, but almost impossible to decipher male from female on basis of the wood carved faces on entries.
Overall a nice night out, a lovely restaurant fit out, good value meals just not a 5 star experience when all thigs considered.
COST: $120 (USD or Australian) for all food, wine & tip.

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Thank JandA L
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Special food from Chile, selected from ancient recipies from natives of this amazing and long country...

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1  Thank Amunjin
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to try it since we were looking for "Chilean food". To start off it is in a wonderful location, the entire block had restaurants and bars, seemed like it would be a fun time on a weekend. The restaurant itself looked rustic and had an outdoor patio that we loved. We tried the appetizer sampler and loved it! Prior to our sampler they gave us an amuse bouche of sweetbreads with quinoa- which was delicious. This was followed by an individual bread sampler for each person- this is what they serve instead of a typical bread basket and it is included with your meal. Next came our appetizer sampler, we were glad we ordered it because we wouldn't have known which appetizer to order otherwise, they were all that good! For our entrees we ordered what we were told were the most popular dishes- the horse and the rabbit. They were both very very good. Finally came dessert, again we ordered the sampler and were not disappointed. Our meal ended with coffee and our bill came to 36,900 Chilean pesos ( included non-alcoholic drinks and tax), tip not included. We would come here again for the food, the incredibly attentive service and the atmosphere. An amazing experience!

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5  Thank Maria V
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Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

The restaurant is near patio bellavista however it is a huge different experience from you' ll find there. The small patio is very cousy and food very elegant.

1  Thank Lia K
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