How can you tell when a restaurant has that special something? Do you know beforehand that the experience will change your view of food and gastronomy forever? I think we want these places to stay a secret. The Bistro and Wine Bar Baco is certainly a famous wine restaurant in Santiago (if not all of Chile) and there’s a clear reason for that.
Baco’s concept is uncompromising, providing a truly better wine restaurant than what we’re used to.
Whatever it is that brings you to Baco, know that your getting the full package.
Lets start with a simple dish of fresh and tender octopus or “Pulpo” in Spanish. Pan seared with butter and olive oil, this dish is elegant and meaty, sure to leave a good impression with the stylish tentacle arrangement.
Another house favorite is the “Salmon Tartar.” Fresh buttery chunks of raw salmon, carefully arranged and served without any distractions. A small compliment of fresh greens and a slice of lime are there if needed.
Finishing the selection of beginner dishes is a nice creamy bisque, garnished with tiny croutons and a little parsley. These selections are perfect with one of Baco’s selections of chardonnay or a refreshing red. If your big on wine, be sure to compliment your dishes with the right glass of vino.
| Main dishes
The quality of ingredients that can be found at Baco are simply amazing. Beginning with the “Salmon Sellado.” A meaty salmon steak with zuchinni and roasted tomato. The acidic vegetables provide the perfect contrast to cut through the fatty salmon and its skin. Robust, elegant flavors that prove to be incredibly delicious.
Next is the “Steak Tartar”, popularly known as Crudo in South America. Normally I’m not a fan of raw meat, bus this dish is one of my favorites with the soft beef and perfect egg yoke in the center. This dish is balanced with a small fresh side salad and some of the best French fries I’ve ever had, no joke!
Another notable choice is the “Beef Bourguigon”. A bastion of flavor consisting of tender steak chunks and bacon, with mushrooms and sliced potato all cooked into a thick intense red wine sauce. Here in this dish the French of Baco background really comes to fruition.
| The Wines
The wine restaurant Baco is just as well known for its careful selection of wines as much as it’s food. The owner manages to keep a great relationship with the wineries, therefore providing amazing wines by the glass and bottle for very affordable prices. This can range from quality Chilean wines made by “Matetic” and “Ritual” all the way to a French “Dom Pérignon”.
The wine selection is expansive and consistently changing for a standard in excellence.
If your one of the few who’s in search of gastronomic nirvana, than definitely consider the wine restaurant and wine bar Baco as a stop on your journey. The quality of food and wine at a decent price is more than reason enough.
Written by: Rami Hunter L. Photos by: Alejandro Mery We were invited by the owner*
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