The second part of our holiday in Chile was spent at Molco between Villarrica and Pucon, in the lake region of Chile. We rented a house that was perfect, and we went with my best friend and her family. It was so nice.
We flew into Temuco on a Sunday morning, rented a car, and went to Temuco for lunch at the Mercado Central. It had only a few open places, and I do not remember the name of the one we chose, but we ate nicely, the fried fish was especially good .
One of the things we miss a lot from Chile living in Houston, are the cafés where you can enjoy a coffee with small cookies, a pastry or an ice cream cup with fruit, it’s not something that exists here. So when we are there we always go a lot with friends or our daughters. On the way to Molco, we stopped at the Onces Alemanas, there are nice kuchenes/pies and a fantastic playground for the kids. We also went to Pastelería Suiza in Pucon and to Chocolata in Villarica, all nice places.
One day, we went driving up the mountains towards the crossing with Argentina, to Curarrehue. I had heard a lot of Mapuche Cooker Anita Epulef, so off we went. We arrived early (they open at 1 PM) so we had time to stroll through the vegetable and flower garden and watch the river that passes in front of the restaurant. The lunch is a vegetarian menu with 2 choices of entrees.
We ate like kings … we drank fresh raspberry juice, apple-carrot juice, (which brought me many memories from my childhood) and mint lemonade. To begin, they brought a plate of sopaipillas and country tortillas with a glorious pebre, carrot and basil sauce and oil with merkén and for the children rosehip jam. I was already happy with this only. Then a vegetable locro, a very tasty soup. Entrees: the potato Sheperd pie with fava beans and a quinoa stew with vegetables. The potato pie was what I liked most: sweet onions and mashed potato with a little pumpkin, comforting and tasty. The salad of the day: lettuce and radishes. Grated apple dessert with crispy toasted flour and rosehip and burnt wheat coffee or infusions. We were looked after very well, super friendly with children. An opportunity not to be wasted to taste Mapuche food.
Several days we ate at the house, I didn’t take many pictures, but what I remember was excellent: humitas from a small convenience store near Molco (on the road between Villarica and Pucon), empanadas from Eltit, sausages from the area purchased at Eltit. Blueberries bought on the street, eggs purchased from local places or on the street and kuchen from Pastelería Emma in Pucon.
In our last night there, we went to play mini-golf and then dine at Trawen in Pucon, I was interested because it has its own garden. We ate nice food, except my husband who asked for ravioli and it came in a gratin dish, so it was difficult to appreciate the pasta. The bread basket was good with whole wheat bread and pebre with carrots. I ate a stuffed trout which was delicious. My daughters had pizza, and there were good juices. I ordered the Aji Sour and I could not drink it, it was so spicy (After 11 years eating Mexican food I have enough tolerance to spicy food, but this was not a pleasant thing). The rich chocolate lava cake and creme brulee were good. I did not find the food memorable, but good.
We ate well, the quality of fruit and vegetables in Chile is superb, we enjoyed the scenery and day-trips: We went to the Termas Geometricas or Geometric Thermal Baths, they are a must. We ate at a coffee place. We had a sandwich of ham and melted cheese; hot chocolates and a latte made with real cow milk. I could have cried. More delicious pies and a Dulce de leche roll (Brazo de reina) that won applause from my daughters.