If you happen to find yourself in the strange upperclass area of Mall VIVO Los Trapenses (La Dehesa) , then do yourself a favor and skip the chucke cheese for La Nacional. This is a chic new Peruvian restaurant with a focus on quality Peruvian food and stylish flair.
This is a great restaurant for a quick bite of specialty seafood and raw fish, a decent selection of meat dishes and salads are also available.
Out of La Nacional’s humble selection of dishes, the apps have the most artistic flair. The “Tiradito de Salmon” is eye catching with a soft helping of thinly sliced salmon and an accompaniment of fresh fruity salsas. Very unique with hints of saké and tropical delights.
The “Pinzas de Jaiba” are carefully arranged little crab cakes with a lightly spiced tarter sauce. These little darlings provide the perfect crunch and texture with their little claws artfully jutting out.
Lets also mention the “Ceviche de Atun y Pulpo Togarashi.” This is an interesting variant to the normal Peruvian ceviches with more of a Japanese sashimi styling. The sauce base is a little more sweet than zesty which mixes nicely with the large chunks of tuna and octopus.
La Nacional also offers these tasty little empanadas that I guarantee will disappear quickly, make sure to chow down before their gone.
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Lets start with the “Nuestro Lomo Saltado”, a new take on a standard Peruvian offering. This deconstructed dish features seared steak, onion, and tomato with a Peruvian cream corn, don’t forget the included side of rustic fries. Quite the savory crowd pleaser for quality Peruvian food.
Next up is the “Pulpo Grillado” which is as it sounds, grilled octopus with a white bean puré and minced garnishing. The Peruvian sauces and avocado oil help bring this dish together, along with the tasty cornbread.
If your looking for a homestyle chicken dish then go no further. The “Aji de Gallina” provides a shredded chicken composite with a thick creamy corn sauce atop a bed of rustic fries. A little parmesan, powdered rosemary, eggs, and olives round out this tasty experience.
Last but not least is the “Rosini de Camarones Saltados”, quite a mouth full for an excellent dish. This is far from a simple risotto. The pasta grains, spices, and seared shrimp certainly make a balanced dish with a spicey little kick complimenting the quality shrimp. The herbs, spices, and protein all come together to create something elegant and memorable.
If your going to try new and interesting Peruvian places in Santiago, then definitely consider the quality Peruvian food at La Nacional. The chic setting and dishes provide a quick eats experience with contemporary styling. Try one of their infused Pisco sours and you’ll certainly enjoy what La Nacional has to offer.
Text by: Rami Hunter L. Photos by: Alejandro Mery *We were invited to this place
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