There’s something about 3-day weekends that makes me want to luxuriate in the freedom of an extra 24 hours. Simply getting to sleep in on Monday is special enough, but the addition of a holiday makes me want to do something to soak up every last second of it. Enter Serendipity Deli.
I’d heard a lot about this place run by a Chilean-Irish couple – he’s a chef, and it shows. This is no simple café with a couple sandwiches and a stale muffin to satisfy demand; here the food is just as important, and the creative combinations looked and sounded delicious enough that it was hard to decide.
I was tempted by a bagel and cream cheese – Chile is primarily a bagel-free zone, but a couple people have started offering a solution to this serious problem – but I was just in California, where I ate enough bagels to tide me over for a while. So I chose the salame foccacia, with melted cheese, tomatoes and a sweet tomato sauce. Every individual ingredient, starting with the homemade bread, was top quality.
Every sandwich comes with a large salad which incorporates the same ingredients as the sandwich and a complementary dressing, which was a nice touch. But while I’m loving the new camera, I’m definitely still learning. In the time it took me to figure out ISO and shutter speed, Rodolfo ate his salad. Oops. But his roast beef and caramelized onion sandwich and very large quince juice were ready for their close-up.
We didn’t have time for dessert, but the brownies looked incredible. I’m sure everything else looked equally incredible, but my brain had already fixated on brownies and had no room to take in the scones or cakes. Serendipity sells its treats to take home, not only in the baked goods category but also in the line of jams, olive oils and condiments. So when it’s not a 3-day weekend, you can still recreate the magic at home.
With a comfortable patio, blankets for when it gets cold and a cozy living room (with wi-fi!), Serendipity Deli is the kind of place I could spend an entire afternoon. My theory is that if I stay long enough next time, I’ll definitely have room for a sandwich, a brownie, and maybe even that bagel.
More in this series:
Saturday in Santiago