The Singular Hotel Restaurant: Puerto Natales, Chile

After a day of wandering about Torres del Paine national park, seeing majestic condors circling the skies, a rare puma out in the day wandering across the hills, a few guanacos (cousins of the llama) and a horizon of snow-capped mountains, one could really not ask for much more. A curious search on Google brought up the prospect of fine dining at Hotel Singular Patagonia, located slightly out of the city centre, in what once used to be a slaughterhouse on the lake front. As it turned out, it was rather a good idea.

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Meat! It positively screamed out at me on this occasion, as did the urge for a bit of red wine. The bonus was that my choice of starter and main course were spotted earlier in the day, live and in the flesh, albeit in the wild – I guess that’s what prompted the starter of marinated hare with carrots and onions that came with a red pepper vinaigrette and a mayonnaise made with onion puree. Whilst it was pleasant, it would have been fantastic had it been warm.

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Next came roasted fillet of guanaco with mint and wheat salad. Now this docile animal that grazes calmly on the shrubs and bushes of the Patagonian wilderness makes for a terrific main course. The flavour isn’t quite like that of usual h, yet has a the distinct feature of being slightly, just ever so, sharp in a lemony fashion. The wheat and mint salad did justice by being a perfect partner without stealing the limelight (a term that we get from the days of pre-electricity and bulbs whnere a kind of limestone would be burnt, giving out an intense bright white light, that would be used in theatres as a spotlight, hence ‘being in the limelight’!).

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Having felt the necessity to top up on my 5 a day, a fruit salad was requested for dessert which came out looking elegant and tasting as I hoped it would with all the fruits being as fruity as they should be, something we very rarely encounter.

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Another happy moment in Patagonia.

The Singular Patagonia Website

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