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El Ancla - Seafood Restaurant in Santiago

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:05:27 -0300

Just arrived back from this place.  It was packed, on a Thursday night, so
they must be doing something right.  But it's not clear what.

I had corvina (I think) with garlic and pepper, and duchess potatoes.  In
theory, it was interesting.  But in practice it was too spicy (not too spicy
to eat, but too spicy for fish - it didn't make sense, a single note), and
rather dry.  The potatoes were all greasy crunch and no middle - I would have
preferred McCain's oven cooked.  And I surprise myself by saying this, but
there was simply too much - it was a chore to finish.

Pauli had a bowl of seafood and chicken - a kind of stew or broth.  Again, in
theory, it was good: lots of stuff in there.  But it wasn't right - the best
description she came up with was that it felt like a collection of left-overs
(not so well prepared, a little over-cooked), rather than something freshly
made.

The service wasn't as good as it thought it was, either.

And the prices were higher than you might think.  Apart from the usual
"separate priced sauce" trick (so fish is $6.000 and the sauce another $2.000)
you have to pay extra for the rice, etc (the exception was the dish of the
day, which is what I had, which was a preselected combination at a decent
discount).

A disappointment.

Andrew

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