When I planned our trip, I realized that we wouldn’t have much time to explore the town of Puerto Natales. For as much good press as it’s gotten lately, I would have loved to spend a day or two, but we had decided hiking in Torres del Paine was the priority this time around. Still, as we rolled into town and were met with the gorgeous view of the sound, I did for a moment wish we had more time.
Either way, I wasn’t going to let a hike stand between me and good food, especially not good food of an unusual variety. Afrigonia had been recommended to me by multiple people, and it was there that I wanted to have lunch.
Afrigonia is the result of a marriage between a man from Zambia and a woman from Chile who relocated to Patagonia. Somewhat surprisingly, at least to me, traditional Patagonian ingredients like salmon and lamb go quite nicely with Zambian seasonings. The bread we had to start came out piping hot – always a good sign, even if the pebre wasn’t the best. Both Rodolfo and I had the salmon with shrimps in a coconut curry sauce, his accompanied by fried potatoes and mine by curried rice with almonds and raisins. It was all as good as it sounds.
The service was great, and the location is nicely decorated without feeling like it’s trying too hard in what is still relatively small town Chile. Prices were what I’d expect in Santiago for a nice meal out with main courses in the $7.500-$9.000 range.
Next time you’re in Puerto Natales – you know, because clearly it’s one of those places we all just pass through on the regular – save a slot in your eating schedule for Afrigonia. Oh, you don’t make a schedule of all the places you’re going to eat when you go on vacation, that’s just me? Well then, just write it down or remember it or something, but go.
Well fed and legs stretched, we checked the map and hit the road. Next stop: Torres del Paine National Park.
More in this series:
Planning Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, day 1 (part 1)
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, day 1 (part 3)
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, day 2 (part 1)
Punta Arena, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, day 2 (part 2)
Punta Arena, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, day 3