Visiting Chilean Patagonia means taking a total break or daring to experience an adventure.
But it’s always important to relax after a full-day excursion. And what better way than discovering one of the visitors’ four favorite restaurants in the country’s southernmost region?
Here’s a list of the unmissable places to eat out that are the locals’ best-ranked new gastronomical options.
1.- For those who love tradition but with a modern touch
Are you looking for dishes made from fresh vegetables and herbs from an organic garden? Then don’t miss the Saltos del Paine Hotel and Restaurant. Fernando Valenzuela is the chef at this exclusive restaurant in Puerto Natales.
It’s the ideal place for exacting people who like a novel, fresh dishes, with a modern touch but which are still traditional. Also, if you don’t want to move too much after dinner, you can stay in the hotel and get a good night’s sleep in a quiet, cozy place close to the center.
2.- Aysén’s new Patagonian cuisine
If you want to try a restaurant where the accent is placed on local produce and which, since 2007, has created true works of art regarding flavor and color, you should visit Restaurant Dalí in Coyhaique.
This place is characterized by its new gastronomic offer using local products prepared with a creative personal touch, in which eating becomes a real experience. Also, the restaurant stands out for providing an ideal atmosphere to relax in good company with personalized and exclusive service.
Source: Patagonia Por Descubrir
3.- For fans of good beer and generous portions
It is one of the best restaurants in southern Chile with regards to quality and price. We’re talking about the popular Restaurant Villarrica in Villa Cerro Castillo.
The service is quick and attentive, and the best thing is the big portions, including the Churrasco Patagón (steak sandwich) and the Lomo a lo Pobre (steak, chips and fried eggs). It is best to wash it all down with beer.
After a hearty lunch, we recommend that you do an excursion to the spectacular surroundings of Cerro Castillo.
4.-Where Africa and Patagonia meet
Located in the city of Puerto Natales, Afrigonia is a fusion-type restaurant where Patagonian ingredients are mixed with the incredible flavors of Africa, such as Ceviche Malindi – made from salmon, coconut milk, mango, curry, cardamom, turmeric, and ginger - or lamb with mint sauce accompanied by Tsavo potatoes.
The owners are Chilean Nathalie Raffer and her Zambian husband, Kamal Nawaz. It also offers alternatives for vegetarians and vegans and gluten-free food.
The restaurant is characterized by having a select menu for demanding palates, as well as a mixture of flavors that turn out to be delicious. It also has a games room in the bar, another unique aspect that makes this place a must-see in Patagonia.
Source: Official Facebook page of Afrigonia, Puerto Natales
Chilean Patagonia offers a wide variety of gastronomic options, specially prepared by chefs who search far and wide for the best ingredients to enchant their guests.
Patagonian cuisine features different types of proteins, fish, and seafood, flavors brought out by the freshest and finest herbs.We hope these gastronomic temptations are a good excuse for visiting southern Chile.