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“Excellent restaurant in Talca!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ventura

Ventura
Ranked #13 of 94 Restaurants in Talca
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Parking Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: This restaurant is part of a Casino/Hotel complex but open to the general public.
Santiago, Chile
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant in Talca!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

Having had already enough quick lunches at the Mall whenever we're in Talca for business, we decided to make a quick stop for lunch here. The food was nothing less than fantastic: The clam chowder was phenomenal, and the arroz con mariscos exquisite. The service was spotless; the prices OK. They offer a luch menu for about $6.500 pesos and it looked quite appetizing. I'd definitely stop by again, only next time with a bit more time to enjoy it the place even more!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Talca, Chile
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Sometimes brilliant - but frustratingly uneven quality”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

We often dine at Ventura, as we live nearby, so I will review it based on the collection of our visits.

First of all, you should know that Ventura is the restaurant of the Casino / Hotel complex located in front of the main shopping mall of Talca. This means that it is very easy to find and has excellent parking facilities. You don't have to enter the casino, the restaurant has a separate entrance.

In terms of flair, well, there's not too much of it, I'm afraid. The restaurant is just a big white box with super-high ceilings and some feeble attempts at decoration. It is often quite cool inside, so dress accordingly.

The level of attention varies a lot and depends on the number of clients. Don't expect too much. It doesn't really matter if you're a large group, but a romatic couple at the last table can find it hard to get the waiter's attention.

The main point of writing this review, though, is the food. The restaurant is the creation of a famous Peruvian chef, and he also brought a very capable sub-chef. When at least one of them is in the kitchen, the food is phenomenal, and I mean it. The Cebiche Mixto with several types of Peruvian corn can be among the best in Chile, better even than the one served at various expensive Peruvian restaurants in Santiago. Also, some of the main dishes (for example the Congrio) can be delicious. For dessert, the Moeulleux au Chocolat is unbeatable.

You may have noticed that I said, "if one of the main chefs is in the kitchen". Well, unfortunately, very often they are not, and lesser cooks are left to fend for themselves. Suddenly, dishes are badly microwaved, with meat that's cold inside, or Cebiches are spiced to death, or desserts are ruined, or.....(I could go on). It's terribly frustrating. The same dish can be exquisite of inedible, you never know.

I don't mean to put you off from going there: after all there is hardly anywhere else to go in Talca. So just be prepared and if things turn out excellent, well, enjoy the visit.

  • Visited May 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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