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Restaurant Puerto Viejo, Punta Arenas

O'Higgins 1205
Punta Arenas
Tel: 56 61 225 103
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As the major refueling spot on busy 19th-century shipping routes from Europe to California and Australia, Punta Arenas thrived on maritime trade. Tourism is the town's major earner today, and its cuisine focuses squarely on the varied sea life hooked, netted, or trawled from the Magellan Straits. Housed in a shingle-clad building in the old port, Restaurant Puerto Viejo offers up a full marine mix, in which razor clams, abalone, and scallops vie for menu space with squid, mussels, and octopus. The chef takes a brave stab at Thai-spiced wok dishes, but local specialties are better bets: ceviche de pejerrey (marinated Patagonian silverside), hake braised in cider, or conger eel cheeks served with tomatoes and olives. Owned by a local farmers' association—sister restaurant Parrilla Los Ganaderos griddles impressive lamb cuts—Puerto Viejo has won much acclaim since opening in 2002.

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