Written By Guest Writer Folks / Reporter Jan 19, 2012 Lunch Pick: Santiago’s – inspired by South American cuisine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestSantiago's in James Bay serves South American inspired cuisine. Photos by Deanna LadretWho knew that working as a flight attendant could inspire someone to open a restaurant? Actually, given some thought, it’s no surprise that airline staff could easily turn into global foodies, what with all that continental travel (and I’d imagine, eagerness to avoid another in-flight meal). That’s what happened to Santiago’s owner Tim Strachan when he was working for Canadian Airlines out of Toronto. Frequent flights to the countries of South America inspired a fascination for the art, cultures, and most of all, the food. Some tapas: Peruvian Papas and the Spaghetti Squash with nutmeg and cashewsAfter being laid off by the airline, Strachan decided to pull up stakes, move to Victoria and open a restaurant. Joined by current partner Kim Quarton, he made good use of all the menu ideas and lovely South American artwork he’d acquired on various trips. On a piece of prime Oswego Street real estate in the heart of Victoria’s Inner Harbour hotel zone, the brightly decorated Santiago’s serves a variety of South American inspired dishes for lunch and dinner. Often disregarded as “touristy” because of its location, Santiago’s deserves more credit than it gets. This is a neat little spot (note: child friendly) with unique dishes that can’t be found anywhere else in townsuch as Peruvian Papas and delicious spaghetti squash seasoned with nutmeg and served with cashews. The meals are well-portioned and moderately priced, the menu sizeable and rich with seafood. Chef Clint Horwood has been on staff for the past three years, and is eager to draw some fresh business with the launch of some new specials, a Twitter account for the cafe and accompanying promotions. Coming this February, Santiago’s will also be open in the mornings featuring a ten dollar breakfast menu.Tilapia with Mediterranean Salad Open 7 days a week from 11:00am-8pm. Santiago’s660 Oswego St.250-388-7376No websiteEdiblesfamilyFolksSouth America SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. This is the Guest ... Read More You may also like Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Food People / Interesting Locals January 17, 2018 EAT TALKS: “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” THE STORIES WE TELL ABOUT OURSELVES AND ABOUT THE FOOD WE LOVE gives meaning to our history and to the things we value most. There is always one ... Read More First Look / Food People October 31, 2017 Adapt to Survive – The team behind Foo finds opportunity at Victoria’s hospitality crossroads. It’s not breaking news: Victoria’s restaurant scene is in the midst of varying states of crisis, depending on which Industry Insider you speak ... Read More Food People / Victoria September 8, 2017 EAT Talks Speaker Line-Up EAT TALKS N0 2 “Well… That Didn’t Work Out: Failures Flops and Frustrations” EAT Talks are a series of live events produced ... Read More Comments are closed.