I got some great tips from my Lonely Planet guide to Chile, and lunch at Tambo was one of them. Offering a range of Peruvian foods, I couldn’t go past the ceviche – my waiter recommended the cilantro sauce, and I picked the mixed plate (including calamari, octopus, prawns and fish, CLP $8400) and ordered a house ginger lemonade . That was obviously a good choice – everyone else in the restaurant seemed to have one too! The ginger flavour was present and fresh but not overpowering, and it had just the right amount of sweetness. The ceviche was huge when it came out and I struggled to finish the plate (it would have been good to share). The seafood mix was cold and fresh, but the real magic was in the sauce. It didn’t taste distinctly of cilantro, but the combination of creamy sauce and herbs brought the seafood to life in a way I’ve never experienced before. The meal was surprisingly rich, so the ginger lemonade was a good pairing to cut through it, and the sweet potato portion on the side (also cold) was delicious. Definitely one of the best value meals I had in Santiago.
Tambo, José Víctorino Lastarria 65, Barrio Lastarria, Santiago Chile, http://www.tambo.cl/