Do you have a favorite restaurant? A place that you dream about and scheme up ways to fit in another visit? Yeah, me too! Except my favorite restaurant is in Curico, Chile (which is about 5,000 miles from me). Curses, why do I have to be so far from them.
We discovered Miguel Torres in 2006 while I was living in Chile for my Study Abroad. My Mom had come to visit Riley and myself and we went for a road trip. The Vineyard is located right off the highway. We had their Daily Lunch Menu which is 4 courses and you have the option of adding wine to be paired with each course. We were in love with this restaurant and I made it back once more for my birthday while I was living there.
We attempted to go back in 2008 but we messed up on our reservation and booked it for Good Friday and it turns out they were not open. To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. I have spent the last 7 years dreaming about this place just waiting until I could make it back to my beloved. When we knew we were going to Chile it was the first reservation I made. There was no way I was missing out on my favorite place again.
We had made reservations for lunch time and we were embarrassingly late. They were very kind and welcomed us back into their beautiful restaurant (I swear when I get married someday, my wedding is happening here...now I just have to start dating someone). It was surprising quiet when we arrived but I think that had more to do with the Wine Festival happening that weekend.
We decided to go with the Set Menu for lunch. My Mom was treating me for my Birthday. My Mom wasn't feeling great that day so I was the only one that went with the wine option (although she helped me out with those glasses). They brought out our bread and non-alcoholic drinks.
I couldn't get over how beautiful it was inside the restaurant. It was better than I had remembered.
We started off with Ceviche. It was my very first time eating it and I was pleasantly surprised that I loved it. I don't know if this is how Ceviche always tastes but if it does than sign me up because that stuff was good. I was so impressed with the restaurant because they served Gabrian is own dish of Ceviche (which he loved as well).
Gabrian's Kids meal came out next (can you believe that his entire meal including the Ceviche and dessert only cost $6). He had grilled chicken, french fries, and a salad. He loved this and his plate was empty by the end.
I am not sure how many times I can call a meal amazing but this dish was truly heaven on my plate. This was a pasta dish filled with fresh out of the water seafood. Each bite was better than the last. The sauce had a wonderful depth with flavors from the shellfish. I wish I could have had this meal for dinner tonight (I wonder if my bank account could afford a ticket to Chile this weekend so I could lunch at Miguel Torres...never mind, my bank account just laughed at me).
Gabrian was given a choice of flavors for his ice cream. I am not positive what the options were but obviously he went with chocolate. I am going to wager based on the chocolate ringing his lips, it was successful.
What is better than one fantastic dessert to end your meal? Why that would be a four way sampler (ok...a 2 or 3 way sampler also would have been better but not nearly as dramatic). I am sitting here debating which option I liked the best. I am torn between the bread pudding and the creme brulee. I wish I could eat it now so I could give you my honest feedback. I think I am leaning towards the brulee.
As I am sure you can tell by my gushing, this is one of my absolute favorite restaurants in the world (I would even be as bold to state that this is my number 1). I beg of you, if you are in Chile, to visit Miguel Torres. I promise that you will not regret it. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at Panamericana Sur, Curicó 3340000, Maule, Chile.
PS...they also have a location in Santiago if you can't make it out to Curico (I haven't been but I am confident they would be just as good).