Lunch Review: Quinoa Vegetarian Restaurant

You know it’s summer in Santiago when long lunches give way to even longer asados (barbeques).  Just like neighboring Argentina, Chile hasreputation 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.

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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.

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The Nitty Gritty

Make a booking as it is always busy

Not much parking

Yes quinoa does feature prominently

Closed Sundays

Address: Luis Pasteur 5393, Vitacura

Visit the website for the menu here.

For more dining options, please visit here, here, here or here.

Eating Santiago

In 2012, when I first arrived in Santiago, the food options were a bit lacking.

Fast forward to 2015 and I can now safely label Chile’s capital as a foodie destination!

Top Cheap Eats

* Thai Express, Bellas Artes

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* Tirso Molina, Patronato: from Thai to Colombian and all else in between.

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* El Gringo, Patronato: middle eastern cuisine

* Santa Rosa, Recoleta: Peruvian

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* Donde Carlos, Recoleta (weekends and public holidays): empanadas, completos, ceviche

Cafes

C’est Si Bon: Organic

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* La Manzana, Barrio Lastarria.

11709556_10153395402195097_4453508824821327931_n* Cafe Bolonia, Av. Italia, Nunoa (Irarrazaval metro).  Make sure you order a hot chocolate and Pizza Pesto – wooooooow!

Restaurants

* Mestizo, Vitacura: Chilean.

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* Como Agua para Chocolate, Bellavista

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* Tiramisu, Las Condes: Italian.

1908130_10153181867610097_5378285294418274349_n* Peumayen, Bellavista: indigenous

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* Astrid & Gaston, Providencia: fine dining/Peruvian/fusion

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  • Zully, Barrio Concha y Toro