We visited this Chilean restaurant on the day of German unity and were lucky to get the last table reservation as it was packed. The location is in a swanky part of Charlottenburg near Ernst Reuterplatz. On the way we walked past some upmarket looking restaurants and a posh burger place with the most ridiculous name I have seen so far; ‘Who’s That Burger’. Thankfully, La Tia Rica is much more down to earth and we liked the feel of the place as soon as we walked in. We were seated in the corner and immediately noticed some familiar lit up papier mache head decorations on the wall. In a strange coincidence these are made by the same Arts Centre that we ended up at after our visit to the Filipino restaurant back in March.
We started our meal with a Pisco Sour as this is a traditional aperitif in Chile. It was delicious enough to make me look up how much it cost to buy Pisco online when I got home (20 euros). Being a Chilean restaurant they had a great wine list which was reasonably priced. We took a bottle of the Carménère Reserva which was really delicious, full-bodied and a steal at 19 euros a bottle. The menu was small which gave me hope that it would be good as I never trust big menus. They also had a list of specials which included my favourite meat; rabbit, but sadly it was sold out. We chose to share a ceviche and empanadas to start and then for main course Richard had lava stone grilled lamb chops and I had the lamb shank with pumpkin which the menu assured me was very traditional. I am not usually one to care about service as I will tolerate a lot in search of good food, but I must note how good it was here, being very personal and warm which is rare for Berlin.
The food was really delicious. The empanadas were super tasty and came with a delicious spicy salsa that we asked for more of and the white fish ceviche was classically tasty with a lime tang and fresh crisp salad (although I did eat a better one at Sauvage in Neukolln recently). The main courses were extremely filling, the lamb chop were grilled to perfection and the shank was comfort food at its finest.
The one thing that wouldn’t have us racing back is the prices, at an average of 16 euros for a main course it is quite expensive for Berlin but with such a warm atmosphere and such reasonably priced wine it was a really enjoyable visit especially as a treat.
Date of visit October 3rd 2015