I was staying for a week on wonderful Cerro Alegre in Valparaíso, and I walked past Apice several times. After a few expensive but not great dinners at some other well-rated restaurants nearby, I stopped into Apice spontaneously on my last night in Valparaíso, and I'l glad I did.
On this particular night, it was very quiet and I was the only customer. I wasn't very hungry since I had a very late lunch that day, so I only ordered a main course (the Chilean scallops). Despite my frugality, the delightful hostess/server Anita offered prompt, excellent attention and, since it was a slow night, we had a great conversation. At one point, the chef/owner came over and we, too, had a great conversation about food, espresso, and traveling.
The scallops were EXCELLENT -- the best I've had during my ten weeks traveling through Peru, Bolivia and Chile so far. The menu at Apice is minimal, but I like the concept. Both the quality and presentation of what they offer is superb. The people at this restaurant are good at what they do, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a better dining experience in Valparaíso.
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