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 !
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.
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!
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.
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!
Great restaurant experiences don't necessarily mean grand dining rooms or exquisite food. Despite the brilliantly clear skies and sunshine, it was freezing up at Puente del Inca and the promise of hot food and coffee was all we needed to turn our back on the view and scurry past the tables set outside into the shelter of the rather rickety Snack Bar Arconcagua. Makeshift on the outside and cluttered on the inside it might have been but a bowl of steaming meaty bean soup and fresh cooked empanadas were just the thing to warm us up, and the servings were generous enough to share with the gorgeous St Bernard dog who obviously was well used to those big brown eyes wooing the tourists into feeding him titbits.
Not only is it the in-house restaurant at Club Tapiz and therefore wonderfully convenient for guests who have only to walk across the lawn, but Terruno has a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Mendoza. We ate there the first night because of the convenience - the decision to return for the second and third times was based entirely on the ambience and the quality of the food and wine - it was that good!
The restaurant has two dining rooms, both in the oldest part of the original house. Downstairs - with warm burgundy walls and dark wood - is an elegant and sophisticated space. Upstairs has a rustic feel, views over the vineyards and soft green painted wood-panelled walls. Both areas serve the same menu.
Booking is advisable- even for house guests. People drive out here from all around Mendoza and the restaurant is constantly mentioned in guides and travel articles.
Favorite Dish: To be perfectly honest, apart from a delicious dish of stuffed and roasted baby goat, a fabulous rack of baby Patagonian lamb, and some seriously good cheese, I can't give any more detail of what we ate. I can remember the appreciative silences as we all tucked in. The menu at Terruno is, as you would expect from a top-notch restaurant, full of seasonal and local specialities with touches of the best of European and Asian food styles all married together into a foodie's delight. Chef Max Casa is held to be one of Argentina's best and it shows. The wine list is extensive, the sommelier very knowledgeable and, if you're staying at the hotel, you can linger as long as you like over your meal knowing that all you have to do is walk a few yards to the lounge or back to your room at the end of a marvellous meal.
This 'parrillada' restaurant became our favourite 'hang-out' in Mendoza, starting from our first night in town after the long flights from Iguazu to Buenos Aires and then onward to Mendoza. I walked the couple of blocks from our hotel to simply pick up a few quick 'empanada' snacks that night, fresh out of the oven (see my Local Customs tips).
We returned here for lunch the next day and even for a relaxing sit-down to simply enjoy some drinks on our final day in Mendoza. It is not fancy, but it serves good food and is very popular with the locals. They have a young man and a lady who hustle around very quickly seeing to all the customers with no fuss!
Favorite Dish: For our lunch here we ordered two nice sandwichs consisting of slices of meat, tomatos, lettuce and condiments. This was washed down by a 1-litre bottle of Andes beer and 2-glasses of white wine, all for the price of A$20 (US$7)! This was the only restaurant in Mendoza where we had young children come up to our table begging for food on one occassion. We rebuffed them twice during our meal but, in the end, did not quite finish one of our sandwiches before they returned once more. Gesturing for them to take it away, the two street children quickly grabbed it and headed off a short way down the sidewalk. However, almost immediately an older teenager emerged to take it off them - looked like he was the boss of that lot. We later asked our tour guide Andrea what was the appropriate thing to do under these circumstances and she said that it was considered OK to do what we did.
Being a 'parrillada' restaurant, they had a big BBQ fire pit inside their front window, so if you want some meat cooked up on the spot, they know how to do that too!
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.
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!
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!
In 2006 The Times of London listed 1884 as as the number 7 most desirable restaurant in the world and it is indeed one of the finest I have had the pleasure to dine with. A blend of fresh Argentine produce, meat and fish prepared with homage to Mallman's Patagonian heritage blended with his French training. By local standards it is expensive but by US and European standards it is a bargain. Most mains can be had for under $USD 20 add starters, desert and a bottle of Malbac and you might boost the check to $USD 35 per person, unless you go crazy on the wine :)
The service is on par with the food, excellent.
Favorite Dish: Everything was so good, the lamb, the salmon...we enjoyed every morsal.
Facundo was one of my favorite restaurants in Mendoza. They have excelent service, a menu in english and helpful waiters.
The dishes are tasty, in fact every food I tasted here was great and the prices 20-35 pesos for the main dishes (4-7euros) or 5-7pesos(1euro) for the salads. They have tables outside in the sidewalk where the atmosphere is very nice in late afternoon when the sun is down. The restaurant was full of locals late at night but kind of empty in the afternoon.
We heard about this place from Tripadvisor and it certainly deserved its #1 rating.
It has a wonderful atmosphere with a romantic Old World charm and the food was outstanding.
Little warm savoury rolls are served first . I had a delicious crisp phyllo crusted steak. We selected a 2006 Malbec from the cellar at a mere 60 pesos. It was smooth and flavourful...
These are the evenings that keep me wanting to try new restaurants.
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!