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“Simply the best restaurant in Punta Natales”
Review of Cafe Kaiken

Cafe Kaiken
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chilean, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Kaiken Cafe restaurant opens its doors in August 2013 in the town of Puerto Natales, Magallanes region, Chile. Served by its owners, who style typical Chilean and international cuisine, including its specialties are inspired: Stuffed pasta with salmon and vegetarian Patagonian hare in different varieties risottos, fish and shellfish from the southern zone, and cakes. Located in a corner of the town square yungay small dining space with good service and quality products. Accepts reservations plus catering and banquet service companies is done.
Santiago, Chile
1 review
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“Simply the best restaurant in Punta Natales”
Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

Tiny corner, 4 table restaurant run by a charming couple. Fabulous, perfectly seasoned food and very friendly service. An oasis of warmth and homely hospitality in an icy cold part of the world.

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San Francisco, California
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“Delicious Food, Hospitable Hosts”
Reviewed April 14, 2014

We ate here twice, once before the W Circuit and once afterwards. The food is home made and served with a smile at a reasonable price. We tried many places in PN, and this was one of our top choices. Keep up the good work!

  • Visited January 2014
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“Excellent, well-priced food”
Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Ate lunch here with my boyfriend the day before leaving for Torres del Paine to do the W circuit. It's a small place and it looks like just the guy and his wife run the whole thing, and they do a fantastic job. All the plates were very reasonably priced and the food was amazing. I got the grilled salmon - highly recommend it. Great place for a final delicious meal before trekking!

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“Charmed”
Reviewed April 11, 2014

Fantastic food. Stopped in for salmon for my pre trek meal, returned after for pasta. Ran by a charismatic, way too cute couple, Kaiken throughly deserves its place at #1 in puerto natales. Don't understand how one could leave Kaiken without being charmed by its great food, relaxed atmospherd and fair prices. Well done Kaiken!

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“Wow, I just didn’t get it!”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Overall the food in Puerto Natales (especially in comparison to Punta Arenas) was excellent. Café Kaiken, supposedly being the best, fell drastically short!

First off, the menu is small, which in and of itself isn’t an issue (and my preference over the encyclopedias some restaurants call menus), but if you’re going to have a limited selection, you can’t be out of half of what’s on the menu! I was told that they had “just sold the last…” for my 1st AND 2nd entre choices. I settled for Salmon, which was pretty good (and would have been ever better had I been in the mood for seafood), but did not nearly live up to my expectations.

Secondly, what the hell is that smell? There are the various odors you get from time-to-time in a restaurant, then there’s the “we mopped the floors with old grease” smell.

Third, and this is a bit nit-picky on my part, but why in a town that seems to have overall decent wine & beer offerings, would a restaurant have such a sparse wine & beer selection.
Solely cooking a decent salmon plate does not make Kaikan the “best restaurant in Puerto Natales”.

  • Visited March 2014
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