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One way to ensure a good meal in Santiago is to head to Nueva Costanera Street in Vitacura, or Orrego Luco in Providencia. Both streets host a range of really good restaurants. Vitacura has more high end, fine-dining, whilst Providencia is more boho with restaurants pouring onto the leafy streets. Of all the options in both areas, these two rise above the rest:
Sukalde: Chef and owner, Matías Palomo, is half-Mexican, half-Chilean and he lives, sleeps and dreams food. Located on Nueva Costanera, this is pure gastronomy and the six-course tasting menu is the way to truly get a taste of things. Things get off to a very good start with the Sukalde aperitif of three varieties of Pisco Sour: merken (a local spice), rica rica (a herb from Atacama) and calafate (a Patagonian liquor). Homemade hummus and warm bread keeps you sustained, before ceviche and calamari, followed by conger eel, avocado puree, pork with quinoa and a pudding called 'eggs' that is made of panna cotta.
El Jardin de Epicuro: With outdoor seating on wooden decking, El Jardin de Epicuro is one of those places that draws the eye and makes you want to visit. This French-owned restaurant has a great selection of tapas and platters to share, as well as proper starters, mains, salads and puddings. The Patagonian oysters are especially good to start, followed by the grilled salmon in a brie foam with broad bean and truffle puree. For pudding there's goats cheesecake and the classic French Crepes Suzette. Musicians come along playing instruments and the buzz from diners along the leafy street makes for a lovely atmosphere.