Eating at a World Best Restaurant: Borago

In a country as geographically vast and diverse as Chile, one would expect its food to reflect that as well. The average traveler, however, arrives in Santiago only to be greeted by a stoner’s culinary paradise: hot dogs drenched with mayo, oil-soaked empanadas and greasy french fries piled high with meat and eggs.

 Chorrillana - just a casual Chilean meal

Chorrillana - just a casual Chilean meal

This is why I have been consistently disappointed with the quality of food produced in most restaurants.

There are only a few standouts in a city as cosmopolitan as Santiago.

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 One of these is Borago.

It is considered one of the world’s 50 Best Restaurants, and is certainly one of the standouts in Latin America. So when a friend of mine told us he had secured reservations there, I felt like I had won the gourmet equivalent of the Powerball. 

Borago’s chef, Rodolfo Guzman, is a man renowned for his commitment to using 100% Chilean products - everything from the wooden chairs to the sheepskin rugs are sourced from within the country. 

But we’re really here to talk about the food.

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DINING EXPERIENCE AT BORAGO

Our evening begins with an appetizer of gelatinous parsley oil combined with green apple, sandwiching a mix of dried squid and crunchy Patagonian fruit. It was complemented by a pisco lettuce drink that can best be described as an adult green juice. 

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In the 15 dishes that follow, Guzman does gastronomically what O’Keeffe did visually, combining unexpected natural gems, like rose petal and succulents, with more conventional ingredients like shrimp, eel and barnacle.

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 One of the best soups I've ever had is sitting in that barnacle

One of the best soups I've ever had is sitting in that barnacle

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This exceptional meal was a mix of theatre, pageantry and sensory overload. It was wonderfully exhausting, and I’m proud to say we closed out the place at 1:15am. 

Our bellies were full, our words were (slightly) slurred, and I left with a renewed hope that Chilean gastronomy is moving in the right direction.

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