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santiago chile to lima peru!!??

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hey,

i'll hanging out in chile and peru for about a month starting august 27th.
any good info will be greatly appreciated. i feel like i've gotten some good help for peru (lima and cusco) but feel santiago, valparaiso, vina del mar areas i could use some help in.

cheers!

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  1. lucky you david, im jealous!

    1. I've been in Santiago in january and found, along with other chowhounders, that food is not really it's strongpoint. However, if you go to Valparaiso (and please do!), go to Pasta e Vino, a very chic restaurant with a gorgeous minimal but cozy interior. Also, in that same area (sorry forgot name of the hill but there are many bed and breakfast type inns around here)are other gourmet restaurants located in charming residential-type buildings typical of Valparaiso. Really nice seafood of course, but I remember having a dessert of some sort of tart with cardamom-spiced chocolate ice cream... a lovely dinner with gourmet touches.

      1. In Santiago, I guess you can go to ASTRID & GASTON which is a lovely place owned by a couple (she is german and he is peruvian) who also own excellent restaurants in other countries. There is also another restaurant called EL GIRATORIO which is located in Providencia area: Good meat and wines and an excellent view of the city. The restaurant rotates very slowly all the time so you can see all the city.

        In Peru you have too many options!!! Francesco, La Mar: sea peruvian food). Astrid & Gaston, Cala, Costa Verde, La Rosa Nautica, Huaca Pucllana, Fusion: international and nouvelle andean couisine. My favorite is Astrid & Gaston, but I also recomend La Rosa Nautica and Huaca Pucllana. You have to try Pisco Sour anywhere in Lima and Jerez Sour at Astrid & Gaston.

        Hugs.

        1. Restaurant in Viña del Mar Casino is also a good choice. I remember I went for lunch to a restaurant close to the dock in Valparaiso, but do not remember its name.

          1. In Santiago, you will find great restaurants inside the Mercado Central...I second the recommendation to visit Valparaiso , a wonderful place.

            1. so far.....

              i visited the astrid y gaston in santiago and got a little tour but i figured id eat at the lima branch for half the price. i had very nice meals at liguria. and another old school place called casa vieja. ive got a bottle of 2004 marques de casa concha with me (only about 14bux) for when i need a break from pisco and chicha. (its what the foreign office serves at their functions, as told to me by the former chef to the chilean ambassador in berlin.

              im currently in cusco (via la serena - where i had an awesome bowl of erizos en salsa verde (a big bowl of uni with white onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt and olive oil) at el elbita restaurant near the casino) i went back the next day and got jaiba (crab)in the same preparation and a plate of abolones (locos) with mayonaise potatoes for the bus trip to the north. also stopped in la paz, and arequipa. i think i got a stomache bug in la paz. it was pretty gnarley in the hygeine department to the point where i finally bought disposable plates and utensils for myself, and i eat everything off the street off of all continents! mercado central in santiago was a bit touristy, especially with all the touts, but i ate at a spot outside the center and had a nice meal. i also won 100 bux on real 21 at the casino in iquique. im here for a week and then a week in lima almost purely for eating. la mar is a for sure thing. as is astrid y gaston

              i had an awesome plate of lechon for lunch today at quinta eulalia and word on the street for comidas typicas the place is la chomba. i have pics of nearly everything i{ve eaten and should post sometime on flickr or something...

              1. We ate for a month in Lima, Perú and in Santiago, Chile. Attached are our reviews. Buen Provecho P. S. I attached the files (I thought) but they are nowhere to be found. E-mail me if you want them and I'll send them directly to you.

                1. One great recommendation in Valparaiso: Gato Tuerto (not sure if I'm spelling it right.) We wanted to go to Pasta e Vino, but it was closed for lunch, so we got lucky (though still want to try Pasta e Vino.) Great views, pick a floor to sit on (3 or 4 of them) and inside or out. Inexpensive, and wonderful.

                  1. Went to Astrid y Gastón in Lima about a month ago - absolutely amazing. Unfortunately, we had to rush through dinner to catch our midnight flight, but did have time for the tuna tartare -- both of us agreed it was the best we'd had. I had the roasted kid and my companion the duck confit. The kid was great, though a little different. I was told the duck was unforgettable. No dessert, but we did make the flight.

                    My only complaint would be the wine recommendation. I don't recall the exact bottle, but it was a bit "grapy". I should also mention that it's not hard to miss - we walked by it twice before noticing the subtle entrace.

                    The bill, including the $40 bottle of wine, came to $120. We wouldn't have been able to get as good a meal for twice that at home in Boston.