Chef Rodolfo Guzman, has announced that Borago, the renowned Chilean restaurant has relocated. He had been secretly working on the move without publicising it.
The new restaurant is at the foot of Cerro Manquehue (Place of Condors in Mapudungun Mankewe), the most important natural landmark of the city and one which demarcates the seasonality in Santiago.
Borago is considered to be one of Latin America’s best restaurants with Rodolfo introducing many Chilean ingredients, products and techniques to the world for the first time while rewriting his country’s culinary rulebook in the process.
The restaurant opened in 2006 and like many of today’s successful restaurants struggled to survive in the early years particularly since it had to deal with a conservative clientele.
Rodolfo Guzman said that 12 years ago he and this team had embarked on a road that seemed crazy at the time. “The place where Boragó was housed and which has been our home for all this time seemed huge. It looked infinitely disproportionate to the size of our project, but it was accurate to the extent of our dreams.”
“Today we realize that the path we started was and will continue to be crazy. But our gut drives us to celebrate the cuisine and the Chilean territory and its importance so it cannot be otherwise,” Rodolfo said as he announced the surprise move.
“Today we start in a new place that, again, we believe is not enough to fit our projects. There is a dining room and kitchen at the foot of the hill Manquehue (Place of Condors in Mapudungun) as well as space for the first Research center for Food of Chile which will be attached to the restaurant as well as the Research and Development areas of the restaurant.
Rodolfo said that there are currently more than 200 people behind Borago from foraging communities to small producers throughout Chile.
He said that throughout this year, they have accumulated knowledge and it was now time to share it for future generations.