RIVALING JOTA CRUZ FOR THE BEST CHORRILLANA IN VALPARAÍSO, MASTADONTE STEPS UP THEIR GAME BY OFFERING STEAK OR CHICKEN.
VALPARAÍSO – While Jote Cruz is widely known as the restaurant that “practically invented chorrillana,” others are now challenging their title. Mastadonte has given their customers options pertaining to their chorrillana ingredients. Now, there is a choice between beef or chicken and also a topping of melted cheese or a fried egg. My group and I enjoyed two plates, each enough food for three, one of steak and one of chicken. Surprisingly enough, the chicken chorrillana was far better than the beef. Both also contained cut up hot dog rather than salchicha, which we all picked around (it had a rather unappealing color). The chicken plate was quickly devoured between the five of us and the beef eaten soon after. Thinking that we all were extremely hungry we figured enough food for six would be easily finished. But, the servings were hearty and we did have leftovers.
While the price was a bit above average, at CL$9,490 per plate, but they did come with the choice of three drinks, a pitcher of beer or a bottle of wine. The atmosphere is diner-esque with polyester booths lining the walls. There is also a downstairs that has a more Italian ambiance with plaid tablecloths on small circular tables with chairs. The staff was friendly and food was prepared quickly. Almost every table in the entire restaurant had some sort of chorrillana being consumed. I recommend a combination of aji and ketchup for the perfect dipping sauce. Overall, Mastadonte does a nice job of providing customers with a choice of toppings and excellent service. If you are in Valparaíso, be sure to stop in and see if you believe J Cruz has been rivaled for their “best chorrillana” title.