You know it’s summer in Santiago when long lunches give way to even longer asados (barbeques). Just like neighboring Argentina, Chile has a reputation as a haven for carnivores, so discovering Quinoa in trendy Vitacura was a relative shock.
It is a vegetarian restaurant.
It is also spacious, light, airy – all those things you long for when the days are hot and you require food that fills your belly but does not tip you over afterwards. It also embraces the theme of being a produce lover with pots of herbs on windowsills, fresh flowers on tables and a menu that shouts refinement and simplicity – in other words, the veges really shine here.
We ordered a beetroot lasagne and the Mezze salad main. Both were delicious and around $7000 each. Bread and dip were given at the start of the meal (love all the complimentary bread Chilean restaurants dole out!), and we both had natural juices (there’s quite a few juice options including detox).
Everything was excellent: the food, the staff, the decor … but the reason why we will return is actually for none of those. We will go back for the mindblowingly fantastic dessert, which was a chocoholic’s heaven so delicious that Luis, Emilio and I nearly hyperventilated eating.
The Nitty Gritty
Make a booking as it is always busy
Not much parking
Yes quinoa does feature prominently
Address: Luis Pasteur 5393, Vitacura
Visit the website for the menu here.