For fine dining, check out Vitacura, home to approximately eighty thousand people in an eleven-square-mile area. Luxury shops and private schools can be found in this part of the city that's about thirty minutes by car from the city center. Vitacura has only existed since 1991; it was created out of portions of the neighborhoods of Las Condes and Lo Barnechea – and many green spaces, including a large park called the Parque Bicentenario, can be found in this tranquil zone. So, if strolling on tree-lined streets that edge ever-closer to the Andes mountains, the Cordillera as “Santiaguinos” call it, appeals, head over.
“Ambrosía is there,” Ortega states, referring to the restaurant led by Carolina Bazán, a Chilean chef who trained in France before taking over the market-to-table restaurant several years ago. Bazán, the daughter of a diplomat, gained culinary experience in Peru, Brazil, and Thailand, in addition to her training in France, before starting to work with fellow female chef, Rosario Onetto. At Ambrosía, they serve up eclectic meals inspired by Bazán’s travels and they've gained international attention as well as praise from residents of her hometown of Santiago.
Chef Alvaro Romero has another pick for Vitacura: Boragó, Rodolfo Guzmán’s celebrated temple to the exploration and deconstruction of native Chilean ingredients and recipes. Those who decide to try the tasting menu at the current number 42 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, need to be prepared for a meal that will be similar in cost to other fine dining establishments in major cities throughout the world. That being said, the tasting menus at Boragó will provide a comprehensive introduction to “the most invaluable products coming from an isolated corner of the planet,” as the menu indicates.