Gabriel O’Rorke

Correspondent

  • Santiago, Chile, South America

Gabriel O’Rorke is a correspondent based in Santiago who covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. A multimedia journalist working in broadcast, print and online, O’Rorke started her career in TV and has worked for ABC News, BBC World Service, HARDtalk and Bloomberg TV. She treks across the globe but specializes in Latin American travel. You can find her articles in a range of publications, including the Financial Times, Daily Mail, Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller (UK), Wallpaper*, CNN Travel and Lonely Planet Traveller.

  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Santiago?

    There is just one Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago, and that is Vietnam Discovery. Now you may imagine that with no direct competition, the standards need not be so high. This could not be further from the truth. The food, atmosphere and service at Vietnam Discovery is of international levels.

    The first "discovery" comes on arrival at the restaurant, which on first appearance looks like a somewhat small and unglamorous takeout. Yet, venture past the takeout counter and you find a large, inner courtyard with a Buddha temple in middle, exotic plants around the outside, umbrellas over the tables and bamboo-lined walls. 

    Along the back of the room stretches a long bar lined with vases of roses, and propped up by couples and groups of friends, most in their 20s and 30s. Unexpected is an understatement.

    As for the food, the cubed kingclip starter is especially good, as are the spring rolls. For main course, the first dish on the menu, "Ga ca ry", a chicken curry with peanuts and ginger served with yellow, red or green sauce, is hard to beat. But there are plenty of options including a very good scallop and shrimp curry.

    For desert the French influence comes through (Vietnam has historical links with France and the chef here is French) with a three-pudding degustation consisting of macaroons, chocolate fondant and crème brûlée. 

    This four-year old restaurant is always busy, no matter what time of year. The capacity is 120-people, but to avoid disappointment book two days in advance.

    contacto@vietnamdiscovery.cl | Calle Loreto # 324, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago | (56-2) 2-7372037
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Santiago?

    There is just one Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago, and that is Vietnam Discovery. Now you may imagine that with no direct competition, the standards need not be so high. This could not be further from the truth. The food, atmosphere and service at Vietnam Discovery is of international levels.

    The first "discovery" comes on arrival at the restaurant, which on first appearance looks like a somewhat small and unglamorous takeout. Yet, venture past the takeout counter and you find a large, inner courtyard with a Buddha temple in middle, exotic plants around the outside, umbrellas over the tables and bamboo-lined walls. 

    Along the back of the room stretches a long bar lined with vases of roses, and propped up by couples and groups of friends, most in their 20s and 30s. Unexpected is an understatement.

    As for the food, the cubed kingclip starter is especially good, as are the spring rolls. For main course, the first dish on the menu, "Ga ca ry", a chicken curry with peanuts and ginger served with yellow, red or green sauce, is hard to beat. But there are plenty of options including a very good scallop and shrimp curry.

    For desert the French influence comes through (Vietnam has historical links with France and the chef here is French) with a three-pudding degustation consisting of macaroons, chocolate fondant and crème brûlée. 

    This four-year old restaurant is always busy, no matter what time of year. The capacity is 120-people, but to avoid disappointment book two days in advance.

    contacto@vietnamdiscovery.cl | Calle Loreto # 324, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago | (56-2) 2-7372037
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Santiago?

    There is just one Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago, and that is Vietnam Discovery. Now you may imagine that with no direct competition, the standards need not be so high. This could not be further from the truth. The food, atmosphere and service at Vietnam Discovery is of international levels.

    The first "discovery" comes on arrival at the restaurant, which on first appearance looks like a somewhat small and unglamorous takeout. Yet, venture past the takeout counter and you find a large, inner courtyard with a Buddha temple in middle, exotic plants around the outside, umbrellas over the tables and bamboo-lined walls. 

    Along the back of the room stretches a long bar lined with vases of roses, and propped up by couples and groups of friends, most in their 20s and 30s. Unexpected is an understatement.

    As for the food, the cubed kingclip starter is especially good, as are the spring rolls. For main course, the first dish on the menu, "Ga ca ry", a chicken curry with peanuts and ginger served with yellow, red or green sauce, is hard to beat. But there are plenty of options including a very good scallop and shrimp curry.

    For desert the French influence comes through (Vietnam has historical links with France and the chef here is French) with a three-pudding degustation consisting of macaroons, chocolate fondant and crème brûlée. 

    This four-year old restaurant is always busy, no matter what time of year. The capacity is 120-people, but to avoid disappointment book two days in advance.

    contacto@vietnamdiscovery.cl | Calle Loreto # 324, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago | (56-2) 2-7372037
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Santiago?

    There is just one Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago, and that is Vietnam Discovery. Now you may imagine that with no direct competition, the standards need not be so high. This could not be further from the truth. The food, atmosphere and service at Vietnam Discovery is of international levels.

    The first "discovery" comes on arrival at the restaurant, which on first appearance looks like a somewhat small and unglamorous takeout. Yet, venture past the takeout counter and you find a large, inner courtyard with a Buddha temple in middle, exotic plants around the outside, umbrellas over the tables and bamboo-lined walls. 

    Along the back of the room stretches a long bar lined with vases of roses, and propped up by couples and groups of friends, most in their 20s and 30s. Unexpected is an understatement.

    As for the food, the cubed kingclip starter is especially good, as are the spring rolls. For main course, the first dish on the menu, "Ga ca ry", a chicken curry with peanuts and ginger served with yellow, red or green sauce, is hard to beat. But there are plenty of options including a very good scallop and shrimp curry.

    For desert the French influence comes through (Vietnam has historical links with France and the chef here is French) with a three-pudding degustation consisting of macaroons, chocolate fondant and crème brûlée. 

    This four-year old restaurant is always busy, no matter what time of year. The capacity is 120-people, but to avoid disappointment book two days in advance.

    contacto@vietnamdiscovery.cl | Calle Loreto # 324, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago | (56-2) 2-7372037
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Vietnamese restaurants in Santiago?

    There is just one Vietnamese restaurant in Santiago, and that is Vietnam Discovery. Now you may imagine that with no direct competition, the standards need not be so high. This could not be further from the truth. The food, atmosphere and service at Vietnam Discovery is of international levels.

    The first "discovery" comes on arrival at the restaurant, which on first appearance looks like a somewhat small and unglamorous takeout. Yet, venture past the takeout counter and you find a large, inner courtyard with a Buddha temple in middle, exotic plants around the outside, umbrellas over the tables and bamboo-lined walls. 

    Along the back of the room stretches a long bar lined with vases of roses, and propped up by couples and groups of friends, most in their 20s and 30s. Unexpected is an understatement.

    As for the food, the cubed kingclip starter is especially good, as are the spring rolls. For main course, the first dish on the menu, "Ga ca ry", a chicken curry with peanuts and ginger served with yellow, red or green sauce, is hard to beat. But there are plenty of options including a very good scallop and shrimp curry.

    For desert the French influence comes through (Vietnam has historical links with France and the chef here is French) with a three-pudding degustation consisting of macaroons, chocolate fondant and crème brûlée. 

    This four-year old restaurant is always busy, no matter what time of year. The capacity is 120-people, but to avoid disappointment book two days in advance.

    contacto@vietnamdiscovery.cl | Calle Loreto # 324, Barrio Bellavista, Santiago | (56-2) 2-7372037
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teachers of the original Pilates method - as invented by Joseph Pilates himself - the dynamic duo take both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors and have practiced across the world, including in New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place are for dedicated students who want to make a real difference to their bodies. Yes, sit-ups are involved and at times your body will shake and ache, but as the saying goes "pain is gain" and becoming a bendy beauty takes work.

    (Photograph of Keka Lamarca by Alfonsina Riffo, Mujer Magazine, La Tercera Newspaper)
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best hotel spas in Santiago?

    Some of the best spas in Santiago are found in hotels. Here are two of the city's best offerings when it comes to pampering:

    Ritz-Carlton Boutique Spa:

    This mini spa has everything you need for some express pampering when staying in the city center. The therapists are sweet and welcoming, and the menu includes chocolate and grape wraps as well as a quirky Rapa Nui massage. However, the real winner here is the four-hand massage in which two therapists work their magic in sync, rubbing away any reminder of a long flight. A total treat for the body, mind and soul!

    http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/Santiago/Spa/Default.htm
    Calle El Alcalde No. 15
    Nearest Metro: El Golf
    Tel: +56 2 2470 8500


    AKO Wellness & Spa, Grand Hyatt Santiago:

    Located in its own building in the hotel grounds, the AKO spa is a refuge in the city. A newly refurbished sauna area opened July 2013, and there's also a large fitness area and exercise room for classes. Treatments range from massages - Swedish, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Hot Stones - to facials and special Mapuche rituals. The latter begins with a herbal jacuzzi to warm you through before an hour-long massage. Relaxing, nourishing and hydrating, this is the perfect start or end to any trip. Also, watch this spot: a new mani-pedi parlour is opening which will be Chile's only parlour to use Yves Saint Laurent products...

    http://santiago.grand.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas
    Avenida Kennedy #4601
    Nearest Metro: Escuela Militar
    Tel: +56 2 2950 1234
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best technology hotels in Santiago?

    Santiago is not the world's most "tech" destination, yet nor is it backwards when it comes to introducing new technology. The whole IPad frenzy hasn't hit the Chilean capital in quite the same way as say London - few restaurants use IPads for the menus, and similarly few hotels use them for in-room directories.

    Also, sadly, wifi is not always free. At The W Hotel, for example, you have to pay for access (this is a global policy though, so not a direct reflection on Chile). Indeed, in most of the large global chains, you can only access the Internet free of charge in the lobby (an effort to fill up the reception area, create more of an atmosphere and encourage people to buy drinks at the bar!).

    However, boutique hotels like The Aubrey have free wifi throughout, and families staying at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago can request an X-Box 360 with five games, plus a laptop with unlimited internet use.
  • On July 26, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best technology hotels in Santiago?

    Santiago is not the world's most "tech" destination, yet nor is it backwards when it comes to introducing new technology. The whole IPad frenzy hasn't hit the Chilean capital in quite the same way as say London - few restaurants use IPads for the menus, and similarly few hotels use them for in-room directories.

    Also, sadly, wifi is not always free. At The W Hotel, for example, you have to pay for access (this is a global policy though, so not a direct reflection on Chile). Indeed, in most of the large global chains, you can only access the Internet free of charge in the lobby (an effort to fill up the reception area, create more of an atmosphere and encourage people to buy drinks at the bar!).

    However, boutique hotels like The Aubrey have free wifi throughout, and families staying at the Ritz-Carlton Santiago can request an X-Box 360 with five games, plus a laptop with unlimited internet use.
  • On July 25, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teachers of the original Pilates method - as invented by Joseph Pilates himself - the dynamic duo take both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors and have practiced across the world, including in New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place are for dedicated students who want to make a real difference to their bodies. Yes, sit-ups are involved and at times your body will shake and ache; but as the saying goes "pain is gain" and becoming a bendy beauty takes work.

    (Photograph of Keka Lamarca by Alfonsina Riffo, Mujer Magazine, La Tercera Newspaper)
  • On July 25, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teachers of the original Pilates method - as invented by Joseph Pilates himself - the dynamic duo take both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors and have practiced across the world, including in New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place are for dedicated students who want to make a real difference to their bodies. Yes, sit-ups are involved and at times your body will shake and ache; but as the saying goes "pain is gain" and becoming a bendy beauty takes work.

    (Photograph of Keka Lamarca by Alfonsina Riffo, Mujer Magazine, La Tercera Newspaper)
  • On July 25, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teachers of the original Pilates method - as invented by Joseph Pilates himself - the dynamic duo take both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors and have practiced across the world, including in New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place are for dedicated students who want to make a real difference to their bodies. Yes, sit-ups are involved and at times your body will shake and ache; but as the saying goes "pain is gain" and becoming a bendy beauty takes work.
  • On July 25, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teachers of the original Pilates method - as invented by Joseph Pilates himself - the dynamic duo take both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors and have practiced across the world, including New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place are for dedicated students who want to make a real difference to their bodies. Yes, sit-ups are involved and at times your body with shake and ache; but as the saying goes "pain is gain" and becoming a bendy beauty takes work.

  • On July 25, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teahers of the original Pilates method - as invented by Joseph Pilates himself - the dynamic duo teach both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors in New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place are for dedicated students who want to make a real difference to their bodies. Yes, sit-ups are involved and sometimes it hurts, but as they say "pain is gain" and becoming a bendy beauty takes work.

  • On July 25, 2013
    Gabriel O’Rorke answered the question: Gabriel O’Rorke

    What are the best Pilates studios in Santiago?

    Santiago is the place to do Pilates. There are several very well-kitted out studios dotted across the Chilean capital. However, when it comes to quality of teaching, one studio rises above the others: The Place.

    For true attention to detail, dedicated one-on-one teaching, and instructors who really know what they're talking about, The Place is the best Pilates studio in Santiago. Located on the famous Avenida Nueva Costanera in Barrio Vitacura, the light and airy studio is run by Carlota Bouquet and Keka Lamarca.

    Teahers of the original Pilates, as invented by Joseph Pilates himself, this Chilean duo teach both private and group mat classes. True Pilates passionistas, Keka and Carlota learnt their craft from the world's best instructors in New York, Chicago and London.

    Welcoming, varied and very challenging, classes at The Place really make a difference