Casa Lastarria: A New Home for Foodies in Barrio Lastarria

Joining the already impressive gastronomic scene in the Lastarria neighborhood, Casa Lastarria offers a fresh approach to Chilean cuisine and a refined aesthetic that’s sure to appeal to local foodies and tourists alike.

Photo by Aune Ainson
Photo by Aune Ainson
Casa Lastarria brings new life to a 1930’s-era Tudor structure by renowned Chilean architect Luciano Kulczewski. The building was abandoned for years prior to the restaurant’s opening in March 2010 and has been transformed into a cross between farmhouse and slick urban eatery that is modern and sophisticated, yet unpretentious.

Photo by Aune Ainson
Photo by Aune Ainson
Heavy wooden tables adorned with fresh-cut flowers sit by a glass wall that separates the dining space from the kitchen. Guests can watch the chefs in action or install themselves in vintage leather recliners next to a temperature-controlled wine-on-tap dispensing system. Friendly, attentive waiters are eager to talk to patrons about the chef’s new menu as well as the ambitious plans for the restaurant which include a second floor bar/lounge and rooftop terrace once construction is complete.

Head Chef Gonzalo Gutierrez Piña’s approach to food preparation parallels the old/new design of the restaurant itself. Gutierrez describes the menu, which ranges from CP$1,800 to 5,800 (US$3.60 to 11.60), as “simple yet elaborate.” Casa also offers an economical and typical Chilean plate of the day for CP$2,800, though their menu dishes are much more sophisticated.

Photo by Aune Ainson
Photo by Aune Ainson
Dishes like conger eel in almond sauce and lamb chops in demi-glace serve as prime examples of his gourmet revamping of classic Chilean cuisine. The smoked salmon and cream cheese rolls in spinach crepes with subtle hints of basil pesto and a side of garden fresh vegetables created a visually striking and delicious meal. Diverse accompaniments like curry rice and mashed potatoes al merquen (a blend of ground chilies and other spices) and a variety of desserts made on the premises complete the smart, tasty menu.

Those who’d rather saddle up to the bar and sample some of Chile’s heady wines and cocktails will have an abundant selection to choose from as soon as Casa is approved for their liquor license – manager Sebastian Fabri anticipates they will receive theirs shortly. Once they are cleared to sell alcohol, the restaurant will begin opening on the weekends to serve dinner in addition to the present lunch-only hours. Night owls will also find the rooftop terrace (currently under construction) the perfect venue for local DJs and live bands.

Get to know Casa Lastarria before it gets over-run with tourists clamoring for great food and buena onda.

Restaurante Casa Lastarria
José Victorino Lastarria 70, Local 1
Phone: 638 3236
Monday to Friday, 1pm-4pm lunch, 4-6 café and desserts only
Metro: Universidad Católica

(Note: Casa Lastarria’s hours will expand once construction is complete and they receive their liquor license).

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