On our last night in Santiago we decided we just wanted to relax and grab a bottle wine and maybe a hunk of cheese and relax on our balcony at The Aubrey. So we headed over to Vinomio to browse and started a great conversation about Chilean wines and how the US, the south specifically, gets very few quality Chilean wines even though there are so many amazing ones being made. They told us that every bottle in their shop was small production and local (obviously) and that most were made using biodynamic methods. After tasting an awesome Pipeño Nouveau with them and picking out 6 bottles to bring home we asked for a recommendation on where we could pick up something simple to bring back to our room. They enthusiastically insisted that we eat down the street at Peumayen, a wonderful restaurant specializing in Chile's ancestral food. They even walked us over and finagled a reservation for us on a packed Saturday night. They were not wrong about this place, the food was incredible as well as the wine list and pisco list. If only we had discovered this place before tonight! This restaurant is not for the picky or the squeamish, we had horse tartare and llama stew as well as razor clams and seaweed salad. They represented every part of Chile, from coast to mountains and from desert to glaciers. This was an unforgettable meal, and dare I say, more interesting and passionate than Borago.
Borago is definitely worth the trip when in Santiago. Everything we tasted was unique to Chile and its landscapes, including the wines. Borago is known for not only the quality of ingredients but the length at which they will go to forage them. Many things on the menu we had never even heard of. The chef and owner Rodolfo Guzman takes great pride in his country's biodiversity and native culinary traditions. After working for years in Spain under Chef Andoni Luis Adruiz of michelin starred Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Guzman returned to his home to open Borago in 2006. Last year Borago was rated the number 2 restaurant in all of Latin America.
Upon arrival I was a little underwhelmed with the stark interior and the silent dining room. We chose the 16 course "endemica" menu with wine pairings. We had rainwater from Patagonia, cuttlefish, seaweed and conger from the Pacific, black beans disguised as rocks, deer crudo, mushroom ice cream, a pirouette cookie called cuchuflis dusted with roses that only bloom in the desert- and that's just to name a few things. Each course that came out had such unique flavors and story behind the ingredients. We became so enamored with the plating and the history of the food that we soon forgot about the lack of ambience. The focus was TRULY on the food and for good reason. If you want to experience the purity of Chilean foods, go to Borago. You won't be disappointed.