Good Eating at Aysén

Original recipes guarantee countless dishes at each of the gastronomic venues specialized in seafood and regional products.

The Cities of Puerto Aysén and Coyhaique lie close to each other and are joined by an easily accessed route. That is why it is worth paying a visit to the latter to have a meal at a traditional prestigious restaurant called El Reloj (The Clock), also known as El Ovejero (The Shepherd). We had been on an excursion all day and resolved to have typical Chilean food at Coyhaique. We found the restaurant inside the hotel called El Reloj, which was opened in the 1990s. The number of rooms was increased with the passing of time and its dining-room was enlarged in size. We made ourselves comfortable on the armchairs next to the fireplace and had a delicious aperitif while we waited for a table. We observed the old clock brought along by the English colonists in the 1900s, which has become part of family history. Once we were sitting at the table, we read the menu and listened to the recommendations of the waitress before making a decision. We chose some preparations made with regional products which had been granted gastronomic awards. The chefs at this restaurants have succeeded in creating new recipes from traditional ones using gourmet and novel techniques. We tried a cream soup called “the poem of salmon and crab” as a starter that stimulated our appetite. The most requested main courses were hare carpaccio and garnish, lamb leg and Aysen salmon with a delicious sauce. We felt deeply satisfied as we tasted each of them.

  • Ourselves comfortable on the armchairs

    Ourselves comfortable on the armchairs

  • Ingredients from the region

    Ingredients from the region

  • Traditional recipes

    Traditional recipes

  • Good service and elegance

    Good service and elegance

Excellent Chilean wine was served with these delicacies. Wineries included Casas del Toqui, viñas Morandé, Ventisquero, Laura Hartwig and other newer premium wines. Then it was time for dessert. A wide array of options appeared before us. Chilean identity is accompanied by good service and elegance at El Reloj. We visited other restaurants in the next few days. Meat grilled on the metal cross, seafood and fish from the Pacific make up the best of Chilean cuisine. We were eager to try other tastes, textures and cooking styles. We incorporated all this paying tribute to Patagonian cuisine.

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Tour KindTour Kind: Gastronomical
Recommendations El Reloj: open from Mondays thru Saturdays since 9pm. Private parking. Average price per person, including beverages: $ 12.000 (Chilean pesos).
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