Santiago's food scene is rising as young chefs playfully reinterpret traditional cuisine and fuse it with European techniques and other influences. Here's a roundup of top spots for a true gourmet experience in Chile's capital city.
“Chile has nearly 4,000 miles of coast, one of the most arid deserts on earth, and mountains that climb to 22,000 feet. Imagine the diversity,” marvels Rodolfo Guzmán. The chef behind Santiago’s restaurant Boragó is on a mission to promote his country’s over-looked ingredients, such as the superacidic copao fruit, which grows in the Atacama desert. “We want to show diners something that is only found here.” Many chefs source locally but then use European techniques in the kitchen. Guzmán, however, bakes his grouper and basil chlorophyll in a mud oven—a technique the indigenous Mapuche people have used for centuries. Avda. Nueva Costanera 3467, 56/(0) 2-953-8893. Photo by Antoinette Bruno/starchefs.com. This appeared in the October 2012 issue.http://www.borago.cl/
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