There are a lot of great restaurants in Santiago these days, and when my family came to visit, we did our best to hit up as many as possible. But there was one we had to visit twice after we all fell in love with the service and, more importantly, the food: Aquí Está Coco.
It’s primarily a seafood restaurant, and the decor reflects a nautical vibe without veering into cheesy territory. The whale crafted out of seaweed (kelp? maybe it’s kelp) is a neat touch, although you’ll have to see it in person since the lighting wasn’t good enough for me to capture it well on camera.
Sadly my pictures of our delicious second visit aren’t the best. Luckily, the pictures of the two dishes I completely fell in love with turned out just fine – fate? I can’t bore you today with tales of other people’s meals, but I can still show you the things that I want to eat every day for the rest of my life.
All of the main courses we tried were great – and the portions were huge – but for me it was the beginning and the end of the meal that stuck out. The Easter Island tuna tartare has an amazing tang from the capers. With avocado on the bottom and little crunchies on top, I never wanted it to end.
For dessert, I’m usually a chocolate girl. For whatever reason, I stepped out of my routine to try the passion fruit tart. Best. Decision. Ever. The crust is flaky, the filling creamy, and the passion fruit and orange sauce gets you right in the jaw in that pleasurably tart way. Eat it now, and thank me later.
Aquí Está Coco is filled with wealthy businessman types, but it manages to avoid being stuffy. It’s certainly not one of the most budget meals in Santiago, but the quality of the overall experience is worth the prices (especially if your dad’s paying). For a fancy fish dinner, it’s a solid option in the heart of Providencia.
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Saturday in Santiago