The food scene in Chile includes an increased appreciation for indigenous ingredients and the integration of modern techniques with classic Chilean cuisine. The diverse topography provides a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique dishes. Early Spanish settlers deeply influenced the region’s food culture bringing items such as olives, wheat, and grapes. The Central Market in Santiago is a bustling food center in the middle of the capital city. It showcases a wide range of seafood, spices, produce, cheeses, and traditional cuisine.
The popular tourist spot also offered insight into indigenous ingredients represented in restaurants throughout Chile. Anticipate dishes using a variety of native discoveries such as corn, quinoa, merken (the traditional smoked-chili spice of the Mapuche tribe), and piñones.
A characteristic of Chilean cuisine is its spectacular quality of fish and seafood. Due to its geographic location and extensive coastline, Chile, with the help of the Humbolt current has a wide supply of seafood from the Pacific coast that gathers in Chilean waters. The Chilean sea is considered one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world providing a wide variety of shrimp, crab, oysters, muscles, codfish, salmon, and tuna to enjoy with one of their world-famous wines.
Expect takes from the kitchen reflecting on our experience traveling through Chile and connecting to their culture of sustainability and respect for the earth. Fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and ancient Chilean spices acquired in markets will be an important part of our menu.