Living and Eating – Pucón

I remember a time (not THAT long ago) when I was in school and asked to draw a house by my art teacher. I would draw a square with a triangle on it and a rectangle on one side of the triangle for the chimney. Like so…

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The sad thing is that 4 year old me would probably have done a better job drawing this house than I had. What can I say? I was a child prodigy. Is it me or does anyone else think that there is pubic hair growing out of the chimney?

It was the default image of a house that I had as a child. Looking back, I don’t know why that is so. I didn’t stay in a house like that… in fact I don’t think anybody in Singapore stays in houses like these. I didn’t even think that houses like these existed outside storybooks until we reached Pucón.

See... looks EXACTLY like the picture I drew, right?

See… looks EXACTLY like the picture I drew, right?

For a place that’s known for being a centre of adventure, Pucón, on first glance, looks kinda underwhelming. The locals amble along slowly about their businesses and animals bask lazily in the middle of the roads.

It looked the perfect picture of a sleepy little town… if you don’t consider the fact that barely half an hour down the road, there are people (willingly and willfully) flinging themselves off the tops of scary mountains.

The small town feel was enhanced by this lakeside beach (yeah, that's a LAKE) where locals hang out in the middle of the day with a bottle of wine, a fishing rod and a good book

The small town feel was enhanced by this lakeside beach (yeah, that’s a LAKE) where locals hang out in the middle of the day with a bottle of wine, a fishing rod and a good book… at least I presume they would be good books… no hablo espanol, remember?

For a moment, seeing the wild flowers by the lake side, we got the feeling the "hmmm.. maybe we COULD erally live here..." and then we were hit by the -2°C wind

For a moment, seeing the wild flowers by the lake side, we got the “hmmm.. maybe we COULD really live here” feeling… and then we were hit by the -2°C wind

Even though it is essentially a three-street town , Pucón seems to have an un-proportionately huge number of quaint cafes and brilliant restaurants. There are the usual pizza/pasta places alongside the steak houses. And then there are the Peruvian restaurants, atas diners and chill out bars. We were seriously spoiled for choice when it came time to feed.

The Worst Food Photographer in the World strikes again

The Worst Food Photographer in the World strikes again

Beside the food, Pucón was also a great place to have taste of the National drinks of Peru and Chile - the Peruvian Pisco Sour and the Chilean one, Both claimed they are the original, both claimed they are the best. Jo put them to the test... often at the same time.. #OnePiscoSourtoomany

Beside the food, Pucón was also a great place to have taste of the National drinks of Peru and Chile – the Peruvian Pisco Sour and the Chilean one. Both claim they are the original, both claim they are the best. Jo put them to the test… often at the same time.. #OnePiscoSourtoomany

Even with the crazy amount of good food available in Pucón, special mention must go to Chef Pato. First off, it’s without a doubt one of the quirkiest restaurants we’ve ever been to.

Chef Pato Win #1: A FIREPLACE!! The feeling of stepping into the warm  and cozy Chef Pato after a day in the gruelling cold cannot really be described. Add in the smell of baking dough and melting cheese from the pizza oven, I swear I thought we were in heaven

Chef Pato Win #1: A FIREPLACE!! The feeling of stepping into the warm and cozy wooden cabin-ish Chef Pato after a day in the gruelling cold cannot really be described. Add in the smell of baking dough and melting cheese from the pizza ovens that greeted us as we entered the restaurant… I swear I thought we were in heaven

Chef Pato Win #2: Antique irons, retro cameras, old stirrups, steam punkish dive helmets and ermmm... stuffed ducks... I thought we've stepped onto the set of Gremlins or Big Trouble in Little Chinatown

Chef Pato Win #2: Antique irons, retro cameras, old stirrups, steam punkish dive helmets and ermmm… stuffed ducks… I thought we’d stepped onto the set of Gremlins or even better… Big Trouble in Little Chinatown

pucon pato stirrups

We don't normally do the touristy "getting-random-strangers-to-take-photos-of-us" thing, but I think we would be doing Chef Pato a grave injustice if we did not do it here

We don’t normally do the touristy “getting-random-strangers-to-take-photos-of-us” thing, but I think we would be doing Chef Pato a grave injustice if we did not do that here

And they are not just about the quirks. Right off the bat, once we sat down at our table, we were served with COMPLIMENTARY piping hot (and fresh) bread that came along with the most mouth watering avacado salsa and pico de gallo! I truly believe that the devil’s in the details when it comes to things like these. We’ve had enough rock-hard and stale buns served to us thus far to know that a lot of restaurants here feel that while it is kinda an obligation to serve us bread, it doesn’t mean that they have to do anything more than to pick up the closing-time deals at the local bakery.

And it worked! Based on the waiter’s recommendation, we went for the rather expensive option of freshly caught salmon with capers and a bottle of wine, instead of what we agreed on – their speciality and (MUCH cheaper) pizzas.

Grilled Salmon with capers. I swear, Jo had to slap my hands away so that she could take this shot. #savedfromtheWorstFoodPhotgrapherintheWorld

Grilled Salmon with capers. I swear, Jo had to slap my hands away so that she could take this shot. #SavedfromtheWorstFoodPhotographerintheWorld

And yes… we went back a second time so that we could have the bread and dip PIZZAS and wine, which was great too.

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