Vitacura . Santiago
- Ambience 90%
- Service 90%
- Food (Execution) 100%
- Creativity 90%
- Value 90%
Address: Pamplona 78
Telephone: +56 2 2217 3075
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet
Hours: Mon-Fri 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm[/types] Sat 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm[/types] Sun Closed[/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Ambrosía
Rating: 4.6 stars
Our final outing in search of the best Prix Fixe menú in Santiago took us way out in Vitacura at the base of the mountains to Ambrosía.
This restaurant recently moved from a location in downtown Santiago to its current suburban location on the outskirts of Vitacura in a quiet neighborhood in a converted residence. The proprietors did an excellent job remodeling the house and it is perfectly suited for a restaurant. In fact, there is something about the backyard ambiance of the pools, fountains and gardens surrounding the dining rooms that adds a homey, but elegant feel to the place.
I was accompanied on this day by three other diners and much to our delight we discovered that for the prix fixe menu at lunch you could choose your appetizer, main course and dessert from any of the items (about five in each category) on the standard menu.
So I was going to be able to put Ambrosia to a real test. My companions and I decided to order a wide variety of items from the menu and we would each sample a small bite from each plate. For this reason you will see a much wider selection of dishes in the photos and a description of more items, although for the sake of brevity I will keep it brief on the dishes ordered by my companions.
Appetizer Course: The table ordered the ceviche, a roast beef and asparagus appetizer, goat cheese with a strawberry broth. Excellent. Delicious, interesting flavors. Each one executed perfectly.
I had the braised roast with gnocchi and carrots. The meat was cooked perfectly. Falling apart without having to use a knife. The gnocchi were fresh and flavorful. A companion had the steak with quinoa. Again, perfectly cooked and the quinoa was flavorful with the perfect consistency. A third companion had the tagliatelle with Ibérico ham. The pasta was obviously made in house. The sauce spot on.
We then split three desserts. The panna cotta with fresh berries was the perfect consistency and the berries were fresh and brimming with flavor. The pie and white chocolate ganache were also both perfectly executed and scrumptious.
So I sampled 10 different dishes over three courses, each being executed to near perfection.
The only dish I found to be lacking in any way was the walnut pie (no photo). It had a pie crust that was sort of like a cookie that crumbled when cut into. This may show my Southern USA upbringing where the pies have flakier crusts.
To execute this many dishes without any significant failure is an admirable achievement. And to be able to have the full variety of the a la carte menu for the executive lunch offering is huge plus. And if you are there with a group of friends or associates that are willing to share you can order a variety of dishes and sample them all. This was an extraordinary value at CLP $15,000. The near flawless execution in a pleasant setting at this cost put Ambrosía at the top of the list in our prix fixe lunch face-off.