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article imageReview: Holm — Salads and fruit juice combinations for health buffs Special

By Igor I. Solar     Jan 15, 2014 in Food
Santiago - Among the recent additions to the restaurant scene in Santiago is 'Holm', a Salad and Juice Bar serving creative combinations of fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices, which has become one of the best vegetarian options in the Chilean capital.
Danish chef Victor Holm, 36, has been in Chile less than a year and barely speaks a few words in Spanish, but he gets up every day at four in the morning to go to Santiago’s “La Vega Central,” selected by “The Daily Meal” as one of the best markets in the world. There he finds the finest fruits and vegetables used at “Holm Ensaladería” (Holm’s Salads) offering about a dozen of creative salads and nutritious vegetable juices based on the best and freshest seasonal ingredients.
Before coming to Chile, Holm did an internship at Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark (several times first, and currently second in the list of top 50 restaurants in the world). He also spent five years in India, where he ran his own local food shop. Eight months ago he decided to leave everything behind and came to Chile to start a new project. Just a few months after launch, Victor has already attracted several favourable reviews and a large audience of fruit and salads enthusiasts.
A section of Holm s Salad Bar: Green leafy veggies  cauliflower  pasta  asparagus  peas and potatoes...
A section of Holm's Salad Bar: Green leafy veggies, cauliflower, pasta, asparagus, peas and potatoes...
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Salad Bar
In addition to the premium quality of the ingredients, salads are served seasoned with original sauces and vinaigrettes. Among the favorites are carrots (raw, boiled or roasted) with curry sauce; mashed lentils with coriander seeds, Indian spices and fennel; and cauliflower with couscous, lemon and parsley.
The salad bar is based on the “make-your-own salad” concept. There are simple basic green salads with a choice of dressing, or more elaborated creations such as potato salad with poppy seeds, cabbage with curry sauce, or broccoli with yogurt. The menu may also include tasty vegetable tortillas, pastas, legumes (lentils, black beans), and grains such as rice or wheat mote. While the emphasis is on fruits and vegetables, there are also carnivorous options including honey chicken, baked salmon, or asparagus wrapped in bacon.
Holm s “make-your-own salad”: tomatoes  olives  cauliflower  pasta  green beans  and home-made b...
Holm's “make-your-own salad”: tomatoes, olives, cauliflower, pasta, green beans, and home-made bread.
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Holm s “make-your-own salad”: Curried potatoes  broccoli  green beans  spinach and home-made bre...
Holm's “make-your-own salad”: Curried potatoes, broccoli, green beans, spinach and home-made bread.
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Exotic fruit juices
Among 22 choices of fruits and vegetable juices (from USD 3.00), some seem particularly attractive. I tried “One Night in Bangkok”: pineapple, apple and ginger, but other combinations sound just as appealing: “Skin Toner”: lemon, apple, spinach and a touch of green tea concentrate; “Bye Bye Doctor”: celery, apple, ginger and lemon; and “Hangover”: tomato, lemon, celery and beetroot.
Saturday Brunch
Every Saturday, Holm Salads serves a full brunch including homemade bread, yogurt with granola, scrambled eggs, grilled tomatoes, cheese, caramelized grapefruit, fresh fruit (grapes, orange, pineapple), panna cotta, and tea or coffee. Price: about USD 13.
Holm is located at Padre Mariano 125, near Pedro de Valdivia Subway Station, Providencia, Santiago. Price range: USD 4-13.
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