We were recommended to go to this restaurant by our hotel, and boy, were we not disappointed! Montealegre serves traditional Chilean coastal cuisine prepared in a very delicate, artful way. It is located on a large open outdoor balcony, and is part of a hotel. The view is quite nice, particularly if the weather is good. The service was attentive, friendly, and prompt. For starters, my wife and I each had a Chilean ceviche, which was the best we had during our entire stay in Chile. As main course, I had the very traditional Valparaisan conger chowder, or "caldillo de congrio." This is possibly the most famous dish in Chile, because the great poet Pablo Neruda wrote an entire Ode in its praise. It is very similar to other great fish soups, such as zuppa de pesce (in Italy), bouillabaise (in France), and Greek fisherman's soup. It is simply one of the most soul-satisfying concoctions I've ever eaten, and the version I had at Montealegre was the most subtle and simply delicious of all the ones I tried in Chile. My wife had a wonderful salad of garden greens with artichokes and roasted, diced eggplant "caviar." She raved about it.
Highest possible recommendation!
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