We often frequent restaurants as we travel around the world based on research and recommendations; however, a third method, and one that is even more exciting, is when we just happen to stumble upon a place that appears to be selling great food. While wandering around just outside of the Central Market in Santiago, we noticed an old fashioned diner that specialized in emapanadas. The line stretched out well beyond the premises and upon returning to the city we hunted this place down and queued just like the locals. After placing our order, one Pino (beef) and one Queso (cheese) empanada, we headed to the main square to devour them. Come find out if these are the best empanadas chilenas in Santiago.
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The best Empanadas in Santiago Travel Video Transcript:
So a couple of weeks ago we were in Santiago, just like on a one day stopover before we went to Valparaiso, and we were walking by the Central Market and we saw this awesome looking empanada place. There was just this insane line, like the line was stretching on right outside of the store. So I just popped in quickly and looked like this really cool like old kind of rustic restaurant. So we’re on a quest to see if we can find that again and get a couple of empanadas for lunch.
So we found this empanada shop. It is called Zunino and it was packed. It is probably about one thirty right now so the line really was stretching out of the establishment but we managed to place our order. We ordered one cheese empanada and one pino empanada. What is kind of unique about that place is that is all that they do. They only have these two varieties. You either get your pino beef or your cheese. So it is a very small selection but I think that means they really know how to make a good empanada.
Alright, and I’m having the cheese one and it is still piping hot. This looks really cool. I can tell that the pastry, already before biting into it, is going to be really flaky. Yeah.
Mmmm. Is that the cheese one for real? Or is it beef? Oh, yeah that is the cheese one. Oh yeah. I don’t know how you can tell. And you know what? This is really good quality one. Like you can tell just from. If you can get close up in on the pastry here. The attention to detail of the pastry like it is just so flaky, lots of layers, buttery and is just melting right in my mouth and then that gooey cheese. Oh, that is just a winning combo.
Alright, so I tried the cheese ones. The cheese one was really tasty. Now time for Pino.
Mmmm. Have a look in there.
Juicy. Look at that.
So, this one has beef, onions and olive. That I’ve got the pit in my mouth right now. Excuse me.
And it also has egg but I haven’t bitten into that part yet. So like it is really nice and juicy inside. It is still warm. What surprises me though is the size. Like when we made our empanada video in San Pedro de Atacama like those were massive empanadas. They were almost like bigger than like a main course plate. But these are more snack sized right? Yeah, I would say they are about half the size of the ones we had in Atacama. Um, so yeah I kind of like it because I struggled to finish those big ones. Like the ones we had in Atacama were really good for sharing but this is like a good individual size. So it is not going to ruin your lunch or dinner so long as you have it as a snack.
Okay, so it is now time for price point. How much did those empanadas cost? Yes, so the pino one, which is a beef one, cost 900 and the cheese one, the queso one, cost a 1000, so you’re looking at just over 1 US dollar. So awesome value. I mean, you could just devour several of those and turn it into an entire meal. Yeah, and ordering them is pretty easy. You just walk into the shop and first you get a ticket, you pay for what you want to get and then you take that ticket over to the counter and they’ll help you out. Yeah, it has that kind of old-time diner feel and it is really cool. It is an experience just going into the restaurant. And if you want to eat in there, there is only standing room.
This is part of our Travel in Chile series. We’re making a series of videos showcasing Chilean culture, Chilean arts, Chilean foods, Chilean religion, Chilean cuisine and Chilean people.
Music in this video courtesy of Audio Network