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“Tiny portions of mediocre food, wrongly overpriced - tourist trap”
Review of La Cuisine

La Cuisine
Ranked #4 of 175 Restaurants in Punta Arenas
Price range: $11 - $35
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: We are a new french restaurant in Punta Arenas, attended by their owners, a french chef and her local wife in the dinning room. French food with local products, cool music and good service.
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Came here with my husband wanting to splurge a bit on a nice seafood dinner. Problem with doing that in a tourist town is you never know if your money is being spent on actual well-prepared, quality food or just a sham. I would say this place is the latter. The fact that there were only gringos in the place should have been a bad sign.

I ordered the shrimp skewers, said to come with a mix of basmati & wild rice but it arrived on a piddly pile of basmati, maybe a 1/4 cup max of rice. I had 4 small pieces of shrimp and 4 tiny pieces of scallops. I am not a huge eater at just 5ft 100lbs, but I was really hungry after this meal. My husband got the crab lasagna which was so hard and dry on top it could not be cut - not being dramatic, simply honest. We were told bread would accompany the meal but it never came. The service was really spotty and our server was constantly confused - about what I do not know since we never asked for anything other than our order. She is probably why the bread never arrived (which we were looking forward to filling up on) although it was the chef himself to promised it to us.

I would like to add that we are not high standards people or food connaiseurs - we have been backpacking for 3 months and this was supposed to be a nice splurgey meal for us. Just know that this place is simply overpriced for mediocre prepared food and the portions are miniscule. It is not true gourmet, just high prices for blah meals that will leave you wanting more. No worse feeling than leaving a restaurant hungry and having spent more than you liked!

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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Don't be put off by the decor. The chef and owner of this restaurant produces the best food we have come across after travelling for three weeks in S. America. It's not too expensive and the French style cuisine with Chilean ingredients is superb.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

La Cuisine was recommended to us by our innkeeper. The food was delicious, and the owners were very gracious. The courses were consistently outstanding. The most memorable dish was the tres chocolates dessert; it was the perfect ending to a lovely meal. I highly recommend dining here.

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1  Thank Erica728
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Best meal of our trip! The staff was so helpful. Had a few vegetarians in our group and the chef created special meals just for us. And please don't pass on dessert! Wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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