Aji Seco is a restaurants chain with seven or more restaurants around Santiago. The one we visited is the Aji Seco #1, located downtown in San Antonio street. Said to be the place were Peruvians go given the originality of the food served, that's what we did.
The place offers a small sitting are downstairs and a larger one upstairs. The place was busy, waiting time for an empty table was short and service somewhat slow along the lunch. Menu is extensive and offers many Peruvian especialities. However, yet good, the food we had has proven to lack "soul", given it is somewhat away from their equivalents eaten in any Peru's restaurant. I ordered a tuna "causa limeña", which yet of good size for my hunger and tasteful, was not spicy as expected and as it should be; my daughter had a very disappoint Aji de Gallina, and my wife and two the other kids had oven-roasted chicken quarters - huge portions of nicely seasoned, cooked to perfection, tender and crispy chicken meat along with fries and salad. One order is enough for two adults. Only Peruvian soft drink and beer area available. Our lunch, yet somewhat disappoint in terms of flavor's intensity and boldness, was good, pleasant and fairly priced (US$ 57) under the Chilean prices' perspective, of course.
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