This restaurant has the right idea. There's a short but perfectly apportioned menu on a chalkboard and that's all you need. No specials, no changes. Far too many restaurants, I find, have far too long menus, meaning I spend ages choosing only to covet my neighbour's dish.
No such worries here. Our charming waiter, upon discovering our lack of Spanish took it upon himself to painstakingly explain each and every dish, complete with sauces and accompaniments. Santiago has no shortage of nice restaurants but a dearth of nice waiters to work in them. So this was very appreciated.
A round of pisco sours (for the hombres) and extra brut Chilean sparkling wine (for the damas) gave us all a pleasant buzz before a great slab of homemade paté and house bread rolls arrived for the entrée.
For mains, I had a perfectly cooked filet with another slice of paté and potato gratin. The others had the sea bass and very finely sliced steak atop with rosemary and sea salt. Everything was cooked superbly and tasted great.
Accompanied by a beautifully soft, mellow Carmenere from Vina von Siebenthal.
And some delectable desserts - creme brulee, ensalada de fruta and chocolate mousse.
We could have sat there another hour with at least another bottle of wine. This is a fantastic restaurant - cosy, charming and delicious. We will definitely be stopping back again to try the rest of the menu, and maybe a cup of tea.
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