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Bendita Albahaca - Italian Restaurant, Santiago

From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2012 22:29:52 -0400

I just feel like I won at life.  It was a good day at work, then I go out for
a a meal at a nice restaurant with my partner, we get on well (better, it
seems to me, than the other people there), have good food, and good service.
And now I am back at home typing this, slightly drunk, before going to bed.

The restaurant was "Bendita Albahaca" in Lo Barnachea, which is a bit far from
our house, but near where Pauli works (and today she had to use the car rather
than the Metro, so we took our chance - is there no direct English translatian
for "aprovechamos?").

For starters we had "brochetas", which are slices of toasted bread with
toppings, These were really nicely made, and piled high, but a bit cold.  I
guess they were prepared earlier - I mean, I guess that's how restaurants work
- but they should pretend, somehowm that they didn't come out of a fridge.
Perhaps just warming them a bit more?  Anyway, the toppings were delicious.

Meanwhile, I was drinking a Pisco Sour with basil (albahaca meaning basil, but
if you don't know that why are you reading this?), which was good enough to be
good whether it had basil or not (P had a Coca Light as always...).

For main course I had ravioli, I think (maybe it was called Gocci?) with a
corn (cholco) filling in "warm pebre" (tomato, onion, basil).  It was
surprisingly tasty, for corn.  Pauli had some kind of pasta (spinach
tagliatele by the looks) with seafood (squid, ostiones (what are those in
English?) etc).  It was all good, but could have been a little more, for me (P
was v happy with hers - just the right amount; perhaps restaurants should
simply give men more?  Or is that too sexist?  I just won at life - what do I

The service was fine, and the employees generally friendly.  There weren't
many people (Thursday night), and the other guests seemed kind of weird (rich
people weird - like, not rich enough and worried about it).  But it was good,
"fancy" pasta, and I would (and will) go again.




From: andrew cooke <andrew@...>

Date: Thu, 5 Jul 2012 22:32:09 -0400

I should have said - total price for the above (no pudding or coffee, but a
glass of Carmenere that I didn't mention) was a little over $25.000, which
ain't cheap.  But it was nice posh.

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