Puerto Montt is a port city about 550 miles south of Santiago which we’ve just spent a week in. The town itself isn’t that big (pop ~250,000), and honestly sort of dirty and unexciting despite the nice photos you may find online, but it is the gateway to the Alpine lakes of the Andes. With a little driving (Mickey, not me!) and luck with the weather, which we had yesterday, we got outta town and had great views driving completely around Lago Ranco.
And gritty city aside, we later happened upon a great restaurant past the end of the boardwalk fronting the bay called Cotelé. We had no reservations and they were booked, but the manager spoke fluent English (was born in Maryland to a Chilean mother & Argentine father and was stationed at Kaneohe marine base for 6 years!), and took pity on us and stuck us at a tiny table right by the door. No regrets!
We didn’t know it when we walked in but they have only beef on the menu & charge by the kilogram after selecting the cut you want shown to you at your table. Of course you get the regular starters of bread, sopapillas & pebre, which is also called salsa fresca and similar to our Pico de gallo.
Salad and potato come with the meat and we rounded it out with some of the famous Chilean wine and a lemon tort for dessert!
Back to the bread for a minute. The cylindrical pieces you see pictured above were also chargrilled on a skewer over the fire right in the middle of the dining room.
This day, the beautiful lake and mountain views topped off with that fantastic dinner we have now set as the standard to be achieved every day.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures. For now and the next several days we’ll explore the long & skinny country of Chile!