Isidora Goyenechea 2874, Santiago de Chile, Chile
This restaurant would surprise even those who say that food doesn't make much of an impact on their day. From the stark interior to the attentive but not obsequious staff, they are used to making people feel at home, and will explain any food questions you may have in English or Spanish. Recent offerings included mero (a white fish) served over a purée of white beans with a savory sauce and a paella-like mix of shrimp with saucy rice. Veal, seared deer, octopus and other lesser-found meats in Chile also appear on the menu.
No detail is overlooked, from a dropped napkin to the possibility of ordering your post-meal coffee exactly how you like it. Wine pairings are suggested if you like, and no one will look at you askance should you prefer mineral water. A chocolate "volcano" (lava cake) served beside cardamom ice cream is featured in this entry's photo, and that and other desserts merit the extra time at what is a relaxed business lunch environement at lunch times.