As a food blogger, I am in favour of all occasions, be they religious or secular, that warrant a feast. Therefore, the fact it was Easter while I was in Santiago, Chile, gave me an excellent excuse to try another fine dining restaurant in the Lastarria District (check out my other Lastarria favourite here). I found everything in the district open and with spaces for casual clients.
Restaurant: Casa Lastarria
Location: José Victorino Lastarria 70, Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Opening Hours: Mondays CLOSED, Tu-We: 1-10pm, Thu-Fri: 1-11pm, Sa: 1-11.30pm, Su: 1-4.30pm
Phone: +56 2 2638 3236
The menu was pretty extensive, including a range of fish starters and mains. My appetite was lighter than usual and I wanted some subtle and elegant flavours.
As it was a special day, I had a look at the cocktail menu. I wanted something suitable for lunchtime and wondered what a traditional Pisco Sour might be like.
Service at every Chilean restaurant I visited was excellent and Casa Lastarria was no exception. I chose an outside table, perfect for people watching!
These tables soon filled up with people interested in a leisurely lunch.
That pisco sour was soon mixed up and on my table! Delicious! Crisp rather than too acidic and relatively light!
My starter was a tuna ceviche. I do love all things raw tuna and had high hopes for this dish.
It was served on a chunky guacamole with fresh green chillis and tomatillo. The addition of that tomatillo gave a bright acidity to the dish balancing the fatty tuna and nutty sesame notes.
For a main course, I chose Chilean sea bass, served with a lemon risotto. This was one of the nicest things I had to eat in South America! The chef had paid careful attention to the seasoning and their work was much appreciated!
On the whole, Casa Lastarria offers a good selection of drinks and food. It was more expensive than some of its neighbouring fine dining competitors and, if I were a regular, I would be looking more closely at why this was the case. However, for my special Easter meal, money was not the primary concern and I enjoyed every morsel!