“Caribe” cumple una década en el corazón de Queenstown

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Posted 20 June, 2024
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El 14 de junio, el restaurante “Caribe celebró su décimo aniversario. Este establecimiento ha trascendido su papel como un simple local de comida para convertirse en un espacio que celebra y comparte la riqueza de la cultura latinoamericana.

Desde sus inicios, “Caribe” ha sido un punto de encuentro para la comunidad latina y una ventana para que los locales y turistas conozcan nuestra cultura. El ambiente vibrante del restaurante, potenciado por una selección musical que se escucha desde la calle, crea una atmósfera que muchos describen como un pedazo de Latinoamérica en Nueva Zelanda.

Sus dueños, una sociedad entre chilenos y venezolanos, han mantenido una visión clara desde el comienzo: ofrecer un espacio auténticamente latino. Aunque al principio el concepto era una mezcla entre mexicano y kiwi que no tenía mucha representación, rápidamente evolucionó hacia una celebración integral de nuestros orígenes.

El menú refleja la diversidad de la gastronomía de nuestro continente. Platos como la arepa venezolana, la coxinha brasileña, la milanesa argentina, el completo chileno y especialidades mexicanas, colombianas y peruanas son parte de lo que se puede degustar. Además, el bar solo sirve bebidas típicas como Fernet, piscola, ron, tequila y cervezas.

Más allá de la comida, el restaurante se ha convertido también en un símbolo de identidad cultural, con una decoración que incluye variadas banderas e imágenes icónicas de figuras como Don Ramón, el Chavo del 8, Pelé, Maradona, Gardel y un mural de Frida Kahlo, bastante popular entre turistas asiáticos, según cuenta uno de sus dueños, Santiago Bonhomme, quien explica además que “hemos querido conservar el espíritu y que sea un lugar chico, como un oasis entre tanto restaurante de otro tipo”.

Este enfoque en la autenticidad se refleja también en su personal. Muchos que llegan en busca de trabajo encuentran en “Caribe” un lugar donde pueden sentirse como en casa antes de adaptarse al idioma y la cultura local. Este restaurante no solo ofrece empleo, sino también un sentido de pertenencia y comunidad.

Hoy en día, este local cuenta con una clientela local fiel que aprecia el ambiente acogedor y auténtico. A lo largo de estos diez años ha sido una plataforma para que los neozelandeses y turistas aprecien y conozcan la diversidad de América Latina. Este aniversario no solo celebra una década de éxito, sino también la difusión y apreciación de nuestra rica herencia cultural en el corazón de Queenstown.

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Caribe!

Caribe Latin Kitchen Queenstown
36 Ballarat Street

 

 

English Translation

 

"Caribe" Celebrates a Decade in the Heart of Queenstown

On June 14th, the restaurant “Caribe,” celebrated its tenth anniversary. This establishment has transcended its role as a simple dining spot to become a space that celebrates and shares the richness of Latin American culture.

From its beginnings, “Caribe” has been a meeting point for the Latin community and a window for locals and tourists to get to know our culture. The vibrant atmosphere of the restaurant, enhanced by a musical selection that can be heard from the street, creates an environment that many describe as a piece of Latin America in New Zealand.

Its owners, a partnership between Chileans and Venezuelans, have maintained a clear vision from the start: to offer an authentically Latin space. Although initially the concept was a mix between Mexican and Kiwi that didn't have much representation, it quickly evolved into an integral celebration of our origins.

The menu reflects the diversity of the cuisine of our continent. Dishes like the Venezuelan arepa, Brazilian coxinha, Argentine milanesa, Chilean completo, and specialties from Mexico, Colombia, and Peru are part of what can be enjoyed. Additionally, the bar only serves typical drinks like Fernet, piscola, rum, tequila, and beers.

Beyond the food, the restaurant has also become a symbol of cultural identity, with a decoration that includes various flags and iconic images of figures like Don Ramón, El Chavo del 8, Pelé, Maradona, Gardel, and a mural of Frida Kahlo, which is quite popular among Asian tourists, according to one of its owners, Santiago Bonhomme, who also explains that “we wanted to preserve the spirit and keep it a small place, like an oasis among so many other types of restaurants.”

This focus on authenticity is also reflected in its staff. Many who come looking for work find in “Caribe” a place where they can feel at home before adapting to the language and local culture. This restaurant not only offers employment but also a sense of belonging and community.

Today, this place has a loyal local clientele that appreciates the cozy and authentic atmosphere. Over these ten years, it has been a platform for New Zealanders and tourists to appreciate and get to know the diversity of Latin America. This anniversary not only celebrates a decade of success but also the dissemination and appreciation of our rich cultural heritage in the heart of Queenstown.

Happy birthday, Caribe!

Caribe Latin Kitchen Queenstown
36 Ballarat Street

 


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