Old, Rustic, and with the taste of home. These are the qualities of a good traditional Chilean restaurant, and most certainly the qualities of La Casa Vieja. What started as a small restaurant in Ñuñoa, was eventually moved to larger setting in Manuel Montt and the upscale outskirts of Vitacura Santiago. For those wanting a taste of whats served in Chilean homes everywhere, be sure to experience La Casa Vieja.
First in the line up was a glorious dish “Mantequilla A La Ajillo.” Shrimp in melted butter with garlic and olive oil, simple yet quite effective. Perfect for hangovers, parties, whatever. If you can’t enjoy this dish then I’m sorry for you.
Next was one of the classics, “Palta Reiña” or a simple salad and half avocado filled with a ham or chicken salad, drizzled with olive oil and lemon. I find this dish surprisingly tasty for a salad and one that disappears quickly.
To finish out the appetizers was something described to me as a very personal dish. “Arrollado” is a traditional recipie with its history in colonial Chile. Its a compose of pork fat rolled with, in this case chicken, tied, cooked, and served cold with avocado and sliced tomato. A unique flavor and recipe thats always different depending on who’s serving it.
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“Plateado” is somewhat of a generic term f
or a plate of meat with ajus and normally a potato side. What was served was far from generic. A succulent piece of beef slow cooked and served with a cup of ajus. As a compliment were breaded and fried potato cheese dumplings, perfect for absorbing any leftover ajus.
Other traditional dishes served were Chilean Abelone and shrimp in a white wine creme sauce with sliced potato and cumin. Also “Choclo Pastel”, a baked corn puré with beef, chicken, caramelized onion, and a boiled egg.
Its amazing that when I think of these dishes now, I can still remember the flavors. They remind me of my grandfather and what we traditionally eat at lunch together.
La Casa Vieja is truly a great traditional Chilean restaurant. With its many traditional dishes and atmosphere, you would be missing out if you didn’t go here. Ask for a “Jarro de Clery” for the table and your experience will be complete.
Text: Rami Hunter L. Photos: Alejandro Mery (Instagram) * We were invited to this place. © Zona33 com S.A.
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Restaurante La Casa Vieja (Vitacura) |Av. Vitacura 8411, Vitacura, Santiago
Restaurante La Casa Vieja (Manuel Montt) |Av. Manuel Montt 1631, Ñuñoa, Santiago