There are few places in Chile where you can be served authentic, Mexican-style fajitas and quesadillas by a Canadian chef while gazing at Los Angeles Kings jerseys and worn hockey skates. Santiago Fajita Company is one of these places.
Photo by Caitlin Murray
Established last year by Canadian-Chilean hockey fanatic Alex Guzman Lovretich, this is not your usual corn chips and unfamiliar quesadillas joint. Despite its difficult location (between Avenida Providencia and Avenida Andrés Bello),
the Santiago Fajita Company serves up some truly delicious (and nearly genuine) Mexican dishes.
The nachos might involve the sound of a microwave, but they also involve flavorful spiced black beans and a selection of salsa, yogurt and guacamole dips.
The prices tend to be a bit above a churrasco or completo off the street (between CP$2,990–8,990, or US$5.50 – US$16), but the fajitas (do-it-yourself tacos) come with freshly sautéed zucchini, mushrooms, corn and green onions, plus your choice of chicken, beef or shrimp. On the side are piles of lettuce, black beans and white rice, plus the aforementioned variety of salsas, so you can fashion the fajita to your liking.
The shrimp quesadillas (CP$3,990, or US$7), however, are a real standout—a garlicky sauce amid the melted cheese makes them savory and appetizing even without the accompanying salsas.
The small restaurant and its demure patio get busy throughout the day; full of Chilean businessmen and surprisingly lacking in gringo followers.
There is also an optimistic dessert list, including chocolate mousse, trés leches and raspberry mousse. The jugo natural is not to be missed. Try the house special Pepita (CP$1,500 or US$3)—a blend of pineapple, strawberry, orange and banana.
Though the owner got his start washing dishes at age fifteen “for beer money” in a swanky Vancouver Mexican restaurant, it seems he will find success here in Santiago, because at the Santiago Fajita Company it is indeed a “placer de comer.”
Santiago Fajita Company
Monday to Friday: 12:00 - 21:00; Saturday 12:00 - 17:00; Sundays closed
Santa Magdalena 92 Local 10
Metro Los Leones