Fuente Chilena is a relatively new addition to the Chilean sandwich game. The new location and two others bring a satisfactory twist on what is considered traditional Chilean food. When I say Chilean food, I use that word lightly as this isn’t your normal Churrosco. What is served here brings an attention to detail and quality that is difficult to find elsewhere.
When you walk in to this new two story location, you´ll notice the mix of modern design. Such as an expansive view into the kitchen. This is well offset with the Chilean decor and colors. Because its located close to the heart of the financial district, you´ll find it a popular place for business associates and friends alike.
Some of what you can find here is also done elsewhere, but with an important difference. The tastes are interesting! An array of plates are offered including empanadas with cheese and shrimp and a very delicious empanada by the name of “Prieta” which contains blood sausage.
What was offered next was more so impressive. Sliced cow tongue garnished with olives, olive oil and cheese topped by a big mound of guacamole. For the adventurous, this dish is surprisingly refreshing and earthy. Not words normally suited for a cold meat appetizer.
And if that wasn’t enough, theres a dish called “Pernil ” which is comprised of pork leg with melted cheese and a fresh green garnish. All of which is fashionably seated in a warm olive oil base. These elements provide a decadent fatty taste thats hard to forget.
Truly this is the main attraction of Fuente Chilena. What is traditionally rooted in German/Chilean food culture is suddenly made new again. Simply by bringing in quality ingredients and preparation, the ideal “Lomito” is improved upon.
Take for example the very basis of the sandwich. The bread is airy with a crisp crust thats perfect for holding condiments and structure. This is very important as you can’t have a sandwich with terrible bread and too much of it. The meat is well cooked and seasoned, providing selections of beef, pork, shredded beef, and especially a burger patty similar to that of Wagyu.
All of these meat options come in an array of classic topping. The poular “Italiano” will give you the normal tomato, mayo, and avocado spread. While the “Completo” gives you the works of sour kraut, melted cheese, avocado, etc. I’m always a fan of a good “Chacarero” with green beans and mayo.
This all sounds great, but once they bring out the massive bohemoth sandwiches, the world disolves around you. Its just you and a delicious plate of meat, bread, and extras. Cut it in half and share with whoever, it won’t matter as your stuffing your face.
You really can’t go wrong with these great sandwiches in Santiago. You may find the archetype in a lot of places, but few are truely worth your time. The fair pricing at Fuente Chilena helps as well. Have a nice big beer to compliment everything and in the end you’ll know why you’re here.
Text: Rami Hunter L. Photos: Alejandro Mery (Instagram) * We were invited to this place. © Zona33 com S.A.
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