Las Tinajas: Best buffet I've ever been to
The variety of food is excellent. It features a huge barbecue of course, but there is also a crepe station, a sushi station, pizza station, giant wok with dish of the day and yards of heated serving tables. The dessert station was notable too as some dessert chef spent a lot of time making those items look attractive and of course there is an ice cream station as well with significant choices to make there.
Service is excellent, as soon as your done with a dish, a waiter is there to clear it away.
Why is it the best I've ever been to? I've been to comparable buffets in Las Vegas but the price is also five times more expensive so Las Tinajas wins, hands down. Lunch is about $5.50 plus drink. Coffee was $.67. Also drinking coffee at lunch is unheard of. Everybody was drinking pop that was delivered in bottles and there was the occasional wine for lunch. Prices for lunch are closer to $7.00 on Sunday.
Because it was clean, unlike most restaurants in Mendoza, I ate there over and over again although eating there the first time was a problem. Some genius covered the hours of operation on the front window with meal prices so on my third attempt I finally got to eat there. They are open for lunch from 12:30 to 3:30, although the barbecue selection won't be ready until about 1:00. Then they close down until 8:30 PM and are open till 12:30 AM. I never ate there for dinner because its a buffet and I'm going to avail myself of the selection, then I wouldn't be able to go to sleep for hours afterwards, so really they don't want to cater to foreign tourists yet. But the locals love it, its packed during lunch. I went once for easter and they had a professional piano player in there on a mega buck Casio piano. Get there early or you will be standing in a LOOOONG line for the barbecue no matter what day it is.
Favorite Dish: I like choosing from the barbecue, you just point and its delivered to your plate. Typically they would have pork, chicken, beef, ribs, shish ka bob, delicious sausages on the grille to choose from. But hey, that was just a fraction of what was good.
Quinta Norte: Eat well at Quinta Norte
It's a beautiful place on the corner of Mitre Ave. and Espejo Street in front of Independence Square. Great atmosphere, beautiful people, good music and what's more great food and prices!
Favorite Dish: Ravioli with white sauce!
1884 - Francis Mallmann Restaurant: Excellent argentine haute cuisine
Excellently rated, this restaurant has once be considered the best in South America.
Do not miss the opportunity to eat trully argentine haute cuisine and enjoy the superb argentine wine list they have in their menu.
Favorite Dish: Empanada
And do not miss the dessert "Chocolate para Golosos"
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Karma: tibetan food
This is a very special reataurant owned by a tibetan who came many years ago with the cru of the film, Seven years on the tibet ( i did not know that was film in Mendoza ) food was very innovative and very tasty, service was Ok, decoration very nice.
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Las Negras: really good food
This is a really fancy restaurant, very modern, good food, prepared by the owner a great chef from mendoza, extremely worry about every detail in the place ( i had the luck of visiting the kitchen ), the wine list has more then 240 labels, from the begining i felt the preocupation on details like napkins , very largesand clean, details on service like sorbette ( ice cream) before dessert and after it small finger tip sweets with the expresso.
Favorite Dish: I have Pekin duck breast, echalote and leek tarte tatin and blueberry sauce, great flavors my friend eat the Salmon on crunchy potatoes and sour cream, it was awesome. for dessert I had Philo crunchy with caramelized apples, If i Had to put grades, 10 for service, 10 for food and 10 for decoration.
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The green Apple
It's a very nice and small vegetarian restaurant located at around 500 Colon Avenue in Mendoza city. the food is delicious, the service is great and the owner of the restaurant speaks very good English.
Ah, I almost forgot it, they also offer take aways!
Tajamar: Tajamar art that flows
Not only is a Cultural Centre were you will be able to watch a good music show, a theatre play or more, they also have a very good restaurant with local dishes and it is not expensive at all.
The place is beautiful, the service is great the shows are really good. Tajamar is a great place where the art flows and flows.
Familia Zuccardi: Perfect Argentine Vineyard Lunch!!
Beautiful vineyard restaurant in lush settings. You can only go if you have reservations, they won't even let you past the gate w/o one. The place has a fixed-menu and serves all the classic argentine treats: empanadas and asado (grilled steak and sausages), and dessert, all accompanied by generous pourings of the very fine wines from the vineyard. Although a fixed menu, there are options and a general sense of abundancy and variety, including salads and garnishings, and the great waiters constantly offer repetions and refills.
Not the cheapest place of Mendoza, but still a bargain at 55 pesos (USD 20) including the three course menu and three kinds of wine!!
So much food, we had to skip dinner that night...
Favorite Dish: Argentine beef.. you can't beat it. Specially the beefy ribs, the best I've ever had in my 10+ trips to Argentina...
at Casa Pueblo: The best asado in homey atmosphere
Well, if you are staying in Casa Pueblo, you will most probably have the chance to get one of the best asados of Mendoza :-)
Claudia and Daniel (the owners) usually prepare a big asado for the guests once in a week, mostly friday, saturday or sunday - but also during the week.
You'll also experience argentine asado from the very personal or philosophic point of view, as it is not only some meat to eat, but the whole preparation process counts :-)
First, they get all the goodies, of course, the meat.
Then the preparations of salads, sauces, side dishes start. Usually, the kitchen is crammed with people, each giving a helping hand (see pic).
Daniel will start the fire in the patio, the meat is salted and taken outside (see pic), the smell of grilled meat is filling the air (oh well, why don't we have scented www ??), and just in time, the big pieces of meat are cut and served.
Nothing is left usually, and each and everyone's stomachs are happy filled with the most wonderful asado possible :-)
Favorite Dish: The best meat on the planet :-)
Salad, don't miss Claudia's ground carrot salad !
And wine, of course - wine.....
It all ends way late in the night, as usually all are sitting together, having fun, talking or playing guitar.
Don't miss it, you'll never regret it !
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(everywhere): take a Cafe Cortado once in a while
If walking around in Mendoza makes you tired, just make a stop in one of the cafes in the street and buy yourself a "Cafe Cortado" .
The price may vary, but is usually around less than 1 USD.
Cafe Cortado is espresso with fumed milk.
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The Green Apple: Fabulously Versitile Veggies
Fantastic food in friendly surroundings. After the amount of meat we had been eating it was great to have some very tasty veggie food, nutroast empanadas, artichokes, rice and lentil salads, various bakes, roasted vegetables, all can be heated up for you if requested. All this is part of a help yourself buffet for AR$11, super. So if you are veggie, vegan or jaded from the massive meat injection (keep your minds clean!!) then this is the place for you!
Favorite Dish: All was fantastic, but the roast parsnips do it for me everytime!
Azafran: Fancy Dining
After our all-day trip up into the Andes mountains and back to Mendoza again, it was past 9 PM before we had cleaned up and then walked back to the main downtown restaurant area. We decided to follow Victor's advice again, and took a side-walk table at the Azafran international restaurant, located almost next door to the Fagundo restaurant where we had eaten the night before. It was quiet when we arrived, but it gradually filled up to capacity by the time we had finished our meal. The Azafran has an English menu and English-speaking waiters, so our task of deciding what to eat was made easier!
Favorite Dish: Sue wanted something light and found an Intermediate dish between the Starter and Main courses. It turned out to be a delicious Patagonian Trout with potatoe saffron pie (A12), accompanied by a glass of Dona Paula Sauvignon Blanc. As for me, I went with fish as well, ordering Grilled Salmon with Green Pea puree and Tomato Tartare (A19). With a starter bottle of Stella Artois beer and a glass of La Celio Malbec 2002 wine with my meal, the total cost of our meal came to A54 (US$20). It was another great dining experience in Argentina!
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Facundo Parrilla Restaurant: Fine Dining in Mendoza
On our way in from the airport, our Huentata guide, Victor, marked up a small map of Mendoza for us. On it, he showed where our hotel was located as well as the main shopping, eating and nightlife areas. We decided to check out his tips after our first full day in the city, taking an early evening walk on a Friday night. The beautiful plazas in the city were busy as we meandered over to Sarmiento Avenue by way of the main Plaza Independencia. However, when we reached the restaurant area at about 8 PM, the sidewalk seating was still quite empty of customers.
We liked the looks of the sidewalk seating at the Facundo, and one of their outside waiters was very helpful, showing us their English menu and gesturing for us to take a seat.
Favorite Dish: We started off with their excellent salad bar (A$5 or US$1.70 each) which had a whole slew of great veggies such as tomatoes, cukes, carrots, potato salad, eggplant, olives, etc. For a main course, Sue had their '1/4 lemon chicken breast' which turned out to be simply a breast with a wedge of lemon. I figured it was time to try some beef, so I ordered the Mixed Beef/Chicken Brouchette with a side dish of Garlic-Fried Potatoes. It also came with a wedge of lemon but the chunks of meat were huge with nicely BBQed portions of onions, tomatoes, red and greeen peppers between them. I had a regular bottle of local Quilmes beer to start off the meal and then switched to the local 'Malbec' red wine later on to match Sue and her white wine. We both thoroughly enjoyed the meal and, by the time we finished, the place was full. It was very enjoyable taking our time over the meal in the warm evening breezes.
The total cost of the meal came to A$56 (US$19) and I left a good tip too for the great service.
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Giovanni's: Experimenting at Lunch
The next morning was our first real chance to just wander around Mendoza on our own (we had the Winery & City guided tour the first day and the Andes Mountains drive on the second day). We started out around 9 AM and it was already 24 C, rising to 34 C (93 F) at noon by the time we had taken in the many sights at the various Plazas in Mendoza. We decided to have another sidewalk meal, under the table umbrellas at Giovanni's. With the heat, we only wanted a light snack to go with some cold drinks, so we tried our best to decipher the items on the Spanish-only menu!
Favorite Dish: The first order of business was some cold drinks. I ordered the first of my two local beers while Sue decided on Chablis, which only came by the half-bottle. An interesting thing was that they did not bother to chill the white wine, instead simply supplying a steel ice-bucket with large ice cubes to be used in the wine-glass - it actually worked quite well. While we were deciphering the menu, we ordered some 'picante' empanada snacks to tide us over (see Local Tips). We had a bit of trouble with the menu, with Sue ordering what she thought was a tomatoe, lettuce and cucumber salad. It turned out to be shredded carrots instead of cukes, but it was still delicious. I tried a Spanish Omelette which turned out to have potatoes (surpise) in it, along with onions and slices of salami. In the end it was an interesting experience, at a total cost of A36 (US$13)! Afterward we headed back to our room for a little siesta - maybe the locals are onto something here in the afternoon heat!
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Urbana Suites and Apartments: Hotel Breakfasts
Our hotel had a small breakfast nook located in the lobby, separated from the front desk and seating area by a short wall. It basically consisted of a long narrow room with a few small tables along the sides and another larger table with various breakfast choices set out on it, as in the photo below. This self-serve breakfast ran from 7 AM until about 9 AM and was of a similar format to those we experienced elsewhere in Argentina, and also in Portugal during our May, 2004 trip.
Favorite Dish: Don't expect any toast, bacon and eggs! We found the breakfasts at the Urbana Suites to be the best we had on the trip, mainly because of their large fruit salad bowl. This consisted of a mixture of fresh strawberries, grapes, bananas and apples in juice. You had a choice of yoghurts, various pastries and the usual fresh Orange Juice or the strong local coffee. It was a good way to get our days started!
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