NileGuide Expert Says:
Perfect for a quiet night in Lastarria, one of Santiago's newest restaurant districts.
Monjitas 527, Santiago, Chile
NileGuide Expert tip:
Start in Lastarria on the south side if you're hungry, eat at Urriola and wander the streets out to the North after the meal. If you need to build up an appetite, do it in reverse.
On Cerro Alegre, in Valparaiso, there's a restaurant that captures the best of the port flavors, with a wide vareity o fish dishes, fresh salads, and of course, that old standby, meat and potatoes. Luckily for Santiaguinos and visitors to Santiago, that restaurant, Urriola, has recently opened a location in downtown Santiago, in the busy nighttime district of Lastarria.
Lastarria is a throwback in time, a cobblestoned area of small restaurants and serpentine streets, and Urriola is located at the southern end, in a small plaza with a few other restaurants and a bookstore. It has ample outdoor seating, a decent beer list, a good wine list (though they don't serve mixed drinks), and mainly beef and fish-based entrees to choose from. Service is speedy, though they won't rush you to leave the table when you're done eating.
Starters include a mixed ceviche, meatballs, mozarella sticks and "crudo," a raw beef dish served with lemon. Main dishes include carne al jugo, a thick cut of meat, and corvina chora de puerto, a sea bass with a tomato olive sauce and a slight hint of spice.