NileGuide Expert Says:
Far and away the best French food anywhere nearby, at reasonable prices considering the price of the ingredients.
B Santiago, Calle Merced, 297
tel: (0)2 638 4280
NileGuide Expert tip:
Make a erservation if you plan on rrving any time past 8, and definitely if you'd lie to dine between 9 and 10 PM.
This small, family-run restaurant in Barrio Lastarria/Bellas Artes will make you forget which contienent you're on, if only for the duration of your meal. The name is taken from that of a amous French restaurant called Aux Assassin, and the owner, Carlos, waits the tables along with his son, making sure you understand exactly what you've ordered, and that you get it, prepared exactly as you like.
The shining star of the menu is the beef served wtih roquefort sauce, the prefect blances of textures and flavors (order the meat as you like it served, though traditionally this should be rare). Those who prefer seafood can't go wrong with teh savorty crepes with seafood, also served in a creamy sauce.
The restaruant is small, decorated tastefully, with interesting architectural details, though the decorations are all from the 70s or before, and it shows. The restauant fills to the gills by 9 PM most nights. Call for a reservation if you're planning on arriving later, and though it will be difficult, save room for dessert, becaause the glazed chestnuts are out of this world.