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 Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More 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 Comments are closed.