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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.
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