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“Different but ultimately not that good” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bijoux RestoBar - CLOSED

Bijoux RestoBar
Price range: US$15 - US$30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Different but ultimately not that good”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012 via mobile

We decided to give this a try as it scored so highly here.

Yes the concept is interesting, no menu but instead a conversation with the chef about your tastes and his suggestions. When it came down to it though, his suggestions were about steering you towards what was in effect a very narrow menu. Choices of protein came down to one fish type, one beef cut and chicken. He threw lamb in their as an alternative but admitted that it came from the supermarket and had probably been frozen.

We started with aperetifs which seemed to take for ever coming even though there were only two others in the restaurant. No spirits available at the bar as they don't have a licence yet.

We were offered grilled Camembert as a starter. It was well presented, well cooked but not particularly adventurous.

There were only 2 choices for wine. We opted for the Pinot Noir which came after the mains arrived was very young and too cold.

The mains were rock fish served with a octopus sauce and quinoa. The fish was well cooked but the quinoa had too much lemon juice which overpowered everything. The other main was chicken cooked with soft cheese served in a herby mash with a very sweet sauce. The dish simply didn't work, nine of the flavours came through. The soft cheese element was a mistake for an oven cooked dish.

The service was very slow, taking over an hour to get mains. As I said, there were only two other diners.

On reflection, the concept doesn't work for me. I like to mull over a menu and consider options for both food and wine. Even if you like the concept, it is ultimately about the food and this really didn't deliver.

Final cost - 50,000 Chilean pesos with tip for two aperetifs, one starter, two mains and a very disappointing wine. You can get much better for less in the area.

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English first
Toronto, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great find on our first night in Chile!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2012

Our group consisted of 2 families. There were 4 adults and 4 kids. We were looking for a place to have dinner and found Cafe Bijoux. The Chef/Owner came out, explained his cooking philosophy (lack of menu), offered sample courses, and patiently took all our orders including improvising meals for the kids. We loved the ceviche, main courses and dessert. The service was efficient but impersonal. It was also not a busy night so the service could have been better. We found the prices very reasonable,were very satisfied with the food and would strongly recommend this restaurant to others. Beware they only accept cash.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Sanya
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“very good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

very good food, very interesting Sebastian and lots of love in his heart

Visited March 2012
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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

I wish I could go back to this restaurant! The food and service were amazing!!!!! Great great lunch or dinner spot!

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Camberwell, Australia
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181 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Fantastic meal and value!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

They use market fresh foods to improvise a meal if you let them. We had just and amazing ceviche (first time for us in South America) followed by a different fish dish each that blew us away - and at a very reasonable price.

Visited February 2012
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