Fuente Alemana, Santiago Centro

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SANTIAGO | Fuente Alemana is a Santiago institution that’s been serving up delicious sandwiches for generations. It’s named after La Fuente Alemana, a statue in Santiago’s Parque Forestal that dates back to 1912. The shop has two locations, and you might recognise the Santiago Centro one from Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations 2009 Santiago episode.

Walk inside and you’re faced with a loud, bustling room. Wood panelling and German decorations line the walls, and a large square bar surrounds the open kitchen in the middle. Everyone’s chowing down sandwiches and beer while the staff continually prepare sandwiches. There’s no booking system here, you just wait until there’s a spot at the bar and seat yourself.

For those who don’t speak Spanish, there’s an English menu available but if it’s your first time here don’t worry about looking at at menu – you have to order the signature ‘lomito’. You can choose between ‘completo’, which gets you cerdo (pork), mayonnaise, queso (cheese), and chucrut (sauerkraut), or ‘full’, which adds a generous heaping of smashed palto (avocado). Definitely go for the ‘full’.

Arrive hungry. The lomito is a thing of beauty. The pork is thinly sliced and dripping with wonderful juices. Generous amounts of it are piled onto the base of a large, soft grilled bun, along with generous portions of all the other ingredients. Do as the locals do and cut the thing in half before eating it with a knife and fork. Trying to eat this thing like a sandwich with your hands is a recipe for mess. A glass of tap beer, your choice of a German style pilsner or dark beer from local brewery Kunstmann, is also a great idea.

Once your done, wave for the bill and take it to the staff member at the entrance, where you pay before leaving knowing that life is good.

Fuente Alemana (Santiago Centro)

Avenue Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 58
Santiago Centro
Región Metropolitan
Chile

Telephone: +56 2 2639 3231
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Mon – Sat: 10:30am to 10:30pm

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