Miguel Torres restaurant in Las Condes looked punchy and modern for the evening of March 26. Suited food critics and curious press perched at high tables covered in trendy black fabric on minimalist, slender-legged chairs.
Photo courtesy Comer y Beber
Fine Serrano ham, beef tenderloin topped with lightly melted Brie, addictively dippable potato wedges and other tempting hors d'oeuvres came swiftly out of the kitchen. Photographers jostled inside the entrance for the arrival of Miguel Torres, a major share-holder in the restaurant and whose omnipotent family owns Torres wineries in Chile’s Curico Valley, California and the original location in Catalonia, Spain.
During speeches upstairs, a lithe, silver-haired Torres and head chef Jose Luis Marin explained how their clientele had wanted a longer, more serious dining experience. Therefore, the night launched a change in the restaurant’s direction from serving upmarket tapas to the new, full menu we were about to sample.
Out came the food, served up Asian-style on large china spoons, perfect for popping whole into your mouth in order to properly taste the combination of carefully considered flavors.
Excellent lacquered pork tenderloin, venison served with anchovies for a twist, melt-in-your-mouth steak filet, heavenly cheese ravioli, tender tuna and a very good risotto were each paired with a fresh glass of Torres wine to complete the treat.
The food-loving crowd chatted on the cool balcony over tiramisu, cheesecake and yet more wine--this time a delicious 2007 late harvest Riesling dessert wine, also from the Torres winery in Curico.
Guests both young and old enjoyed the fancy evening of fantastic food-tasting at the stylish, metropolitan restaurant. The new menu at Miguel Torres will no doubt delight many santiagüinos in the coming months.