Stepping into restaurant Casa Luz is a little bit like entering someone´s home, albeit one dripping with an infinite amount of style. The decor is warm and inviting, with plates and picture frames hanging off of exposed brick and deeply painted walls, and there are huge vases of freshly cut flowers. The centerpiece of this five-year old restaurant, however, is the atrium that greets you upon entering, and which allows for shafts of stark light to bathe the elegantly composed tables.
I have come to Casa Luz on the recommendation of a friend who described the restaurant as both romantic and delicious. I concur with both statements, as you shall see.
First up we ordered some starters. Casa Luz offers no traditional entradas but instead has a variety of small tapas to choose from. We tried the Camerones con Cabeza, Ajo y Perejil flameados en Ron and the Patatas Bravas con Aioli.
Next came our mains. My Merluza a la Plancha, Risotto de Cilantro & Salsa de Crustaceos was very nice and light; the fish was cooked to perfection and the coriander risotto was a nice touch.
However, Luis´ main dish, the Risotta de Hongos, was absolutely spectacular. Even now, a few days later, I am finding it difficult to describe the depth of flavors the dish had. It was very more-ish, and perhaps a bit heavy for those strange folks among us who don´t like mushrooms, but for me it tasted a little bit like how I imagine heaven to taste like if it was my dinner. So, so scrumptious!
For dessert, I ordered the Mousse de Chocolate y Cardamomo. Again, this was a nice and light dessert, beautifully presented, but I am not a fan of passionfruit icecream.
There was a dessert special that day, which was a Barbaroa de Naranja. This was delicious and ended our meal out on a very high note.
Verdict: It is, in fact, exactly what the website states it is: sophisticated but simple food utilizing unusual, seasonal ingredients that are presented in a stunning, warm environment. A perfect place for a romantic night out.
The Nitty Gritty
Address: Av. Italia 805, Providencia, Santiago
Phone: 2 2918 7204
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