Kilometro 0 (KM0)
Las Condes . Santiago
- Ambience 90%
- Service 70%
- Food (Execution) 70%
- Creativity 60%
- Value 80%
Kilometro 0 (KM0)
Telephone: +56 2 2457077
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet Price: $$$$ Hours: Tue-Sat 12:45 pm to 12 am[/types] Sun-Mon 12:45 pm to 11:30 pm[/types] [/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Kilometro 0 (KM0)
Rating: 3.7 stars
A restaurant couldn’t have a better location. KM0 sits adjacent to the W Hotel in Las Condes and the very popular bistro and gourmet market, Coquinaria. Entering the W Hotell from Isidora Goyenechea you look down on the diners below enjoying their outing at KM0. The décor is modern with lots of glass and chrome. Glass walls containing shelves and shelves of displayed wine bottles lend a certain opulence to the space. It’s elegantly and tastefully done, as are most things in close proximity to the W.
I’d been to KM0 a couple of times and my general impression was pretty good. On the night I was there for this review things did not go quite as smoothly. I started the meal with a tomato bisque. The soup was good but nothing really to distinguish it from any other tomato soup I’ve tasted. Very ordinary.
I ordered the most classic of all chicken dishes, Coq au Vin. With this dish, the identical complaint. Adequate but not delicious. The wine reduction was almost a syrup consistency and a bit too concentrated. Just not a good rendition of this classic dish.
Finally, I ordered the crème brûlée. I’m beginning to sound like a broken record. It was okay. But nothing more. There was nothing to distinguish this dessert from a hundred others just like it.
The service was, you guessed, okay. But not much better than okay. An unfriendly waiter who was doing his job but just not doing it well.
Having dinner at KM0 on this particular night, was, eerily like being in a fifth dimension of “just okay”. The most positive thing we have to say about KM0 is that the prices are quite reasonable considering the ritzy location.
Our final rating indicates a good restaurant … but sadly, not a great one.
Kilometro 0 (KM0) … …
Yet another little gourmet bistro to review in Palermo Soho. Nice, simple décor. Nice and fairly efficient waitress. Perhaps a little difficult to get her attention. We were seated off in a back corner which was probably the worst seat in the house. It would have been nice to have been in the center of the restaurant, which has a simple, but pleasing décor. One immediate demerit earned for not changing the table linens. Our tablecloth was soiled and had obviously not been changed after the prior patrons had left.
Based on having a table with remnants of prior diners left behind, I had an uncomfortable feeling about what was about to unfold. We decided to skip the appetizers and go straight to the main course. One of the plates was a white salmon, skin removed, perfectly cooked, in a delicate butter and citrus sauce and accompanied by perfectly seasoned and grilled vegetables. This was a perfectly prepared dish.
I’ve been served a half-dozen or more Sorrentino or ravioli dishes stuffed with pumpkin filling recently. It seems as if every pasta cook in the city has torn that page from their cookbooks and taped it to the kitchen wall. But this one was slightly different. Bolder, deeper flavors. Fresh pasta. A bit firm for my liking. But I always say that. And this pasta was served in a sage butter sauce that was just delicious.
These cooks know their stuff. Very, very well executed dishes, all quite reasonably priced in a range from about US$12 to $16 (ARS$150 to $200).
With this good showing on the entrees we just had to try a dessert. We opted for the tiramisu. It has the lightest and fluffiest custard of any version we’ve tasted in Buenos Aires. Everything was perfectly balanced. Just a hint of the coffee. A rich vanilla custard and the perfect dusting of cocoa on top.
What I thought was going to be a let-down turned out to be a very pleasant experience. Ambiance was only slightly above average and service was also less than it could have been. But the guys in the kitchen scored big. The final verdict finds Fermo Giacomino earning a top spot among the best restaurants in Palermo Soho.