After the excellent dinner at Tablita, I decided to have a less formal dinner, and so tried this Pietro's cafè. I had a huge sandwich, half pizza(this is an argentinian carateristic, you can have half pizza or full one).
With less than 150 pesos I had my sinner and a couple of beer, it's a good place if you want to eat without paying much, there is also free wi-fi.
This is the best place where I ate during my journey in Argentina. I was just lucky as I chosed it because it wasn't far from the hotel as, the hotel, as I said, was not downtown.
I had a cordero patagonico (patagonian lamb), empanadas and a semifreddo dulce de leche. Everything was just perfect and the service was really good. 3 glasses of an excellent Malbec made definitly this dinner a great experience.
I paid 350 pesos and it's the only time I did not feel the food was too expensive.
Favorite Dish: The cordero was really delicious.
Located on the main street, this cozy restaurant is always full. Good homemade food, great pizza and good service offered by the owners. I returned several times for its food and atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Great Pizzas...
On our way from The Glacier to our hotel we stopped for lunch in this "Restaurante de Campo
(Resto in the fields) It was a rather cold and rainy excursion to the glacier, so to stop here,
being warmed up by an open fire is super.
We had entrance a soup, afterwards a nice piece of Canneloni with mushrooms, all this with a good Argentina red wine - Terrazas,Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza
As dessert a baked apple pie with chipped cream and calafate sauce
Favorite Dish: The above called menu VITTORIO
This is an Argentine chocolate shop chain with branches in Patagonia. The shop specialises in dark chocolate and there is variety to choose and sample from. I just had a coffee at its cafe when I visited.
This chocolate/icecream shop and cafe is highly recommended for its quality hot chocolate and icecream. It's worth trying the Calafate icecream, a berry for which the town is named after. There is also a factory/visitors centre on outskirts of the town where chocolates, alfajores and cakes are freshly made.
There is also a branch in Ushuaia: San Martin 267 (the main street) and Tel: (02901) 422824.
Favorite Dish: The calafate icecream is worth trying!
This restaurant, recommended by Lonely Planet, is on the main drag in El Calafate. The ambience was nice and the pasta was fresh and very tasty. However, the portions were very small, especially by Argentinean standards. The restaurant is also overpriced as are almost all the restaurants in El Calafate.
Favorite Dish: I had the ravioli, but there were only four. Tasty but small.
I found this restaurant in Lonely Planet and it was also recommended to me by a couple I met in Ushuaia. Though it is quite a bit more expensive than the price range listed in Lonely Planet (Most meals range from $8 - $15), the food was delicious. Apparently it's located in one of the oldest houses in El Calafate. The menu also features steaks and fish.
Favorite Dish: I had the salmon ravioli, and though I couldn't taste the salmon so much, the pasta and the sauce were so great that it didn't matter.
The cut-out cow and her calf standing outside La Vaca Atada (The Tethered Cow) is something of an El Calafate landmark, and the restaurant itself an El Calafate institution - deservedly so. We were so taken with the food, the service and the atmosphere on our first visit we had no hesitation in returning for a second evening.
The restaurant seats a fair few people, and it was crowded (and not only with tourists), but the service was excellent and we could hear ourselves talk amid the buzz of a restaurant full of people enjoying themselves.
The menu had a good rangle of dishes, including some nice vegetables - not always the case in Argentina!
Favorite Dish: Rabbit! - I love it and will usually order it when I get the chance. A rich meaty stew that went down a treat on a chilly night.
Patagonian lamb, well--cooked and not over-sauced fish, tasty soups were some of the other choices in our party that were very well received.
Excursions to the glaciers are all day affairs. Lunch may be included on a booked tour but many tours don't include lunch and if you're travelling independently, you'll need to make your own arrangements. Hotels will make up lunch boxes of varying quality and at prices commensurate to the level of hotel you're in.
The facilities at Perito Moreno were in no way up to dealing with the number of visitors. It took half an hour just to get a cup of coffee from the over-worked small cafe. You really would be better off taking your own food along on this day. The outdoor picnic area was very crowded, which on a fine day such as we had, was OK because people could spread out into the woods. It would be very miserable on a wet day as there is no way everyone would be able to find shelter other than back in their bus or car. No doubt the situation will improve as more facilities are built. There is pressure on the Parks not to over-develop the site but the ever-increasing numbers really demand more facilities.
Things are a bit better on the All Glaciers tour. The restaurant at Bahia Onelli is big enough to handle a lot of people, and whilst it's not cheap, it's pleasant and it's there! You can also buy snacks and drinks on the boat all through the day and, if you choose to picnic, there are plenty of logs to sit yourself on.
Favorite Dish: The lunch box we ordered from our hotel. the Bahia Redondo, was very ordinary - heavy on white bread and cake, with a floury apple and a can of Coke. We did much better with our next picnic after we had been shopping for cheese, dried Spanish ham and tomatoes at the supermarket on 9 de Julio, bought fresh, crusty bread from the baker and picked up a small Waless cake from one of the gift shops along Libertador. That and a bowl of thick pea soup at the restaurant at Bahia Onelli, made a feast for us - a warming one at that.
Nibepo Aiken es la estancia donde nos dieron un asado de cordero Patagónico muy bueno
Ponen el cordero a las brasas , con unos palos que lo mantienen estirado y se va haciendo poco a poco
Nos dieron empanada , después chorizo y finalmente llegó el asado de cordero
Nibeko Aire is the estancia where they gave us a very good roast Patagonian lamb
They put the lamb on the grill , with some poles to keep it in shape and it cooks Little by little
They gave us "empanada", "chorizo" and finally the roast lamb
Un día muy bien y otro mal
Todavía no sabemos por qué ya que el primer día tomamos una pasta muy rica , buen vino y un servicio excelente , en cambio dos días más tarde fue un desastre .
Tienes el 50% de probabilidades de cenar bien
One day very good and another bad
We do not know yet why , because the first day we had very good pasta , good wine and an excellent service , but two days latter it was a disaster
You have 50% probabilities of having a good dinner
We had a wonderful (last) diner in La Tablita. A traditional Argentinean restaurant with very friendly staff and a great menu. Off course a lot of meat from ‘la parilla’.
But our dessert was so absolutely fantastic and it had a great name: “Ensalada frutas con helado El Calafate”.
La Tablita seems to be very popular (every time we passed the restaurant it was very busy and during our diner we just had the last table), so try to make a reservation if possible.
Favorite Dish: Ensalada frutas con helado El Calafate.
Facturas are a great and cheap option for breakfast or lunch break, and you can find them in any bakery in Argentina, from north to south...and even supermarkets.
They are a type of sweet bread, with all kinds of filling...chocolate, jelly....there is a big diversity of facturas and you can buy four or five for a very good price....
La Vaca Atada is popular with the locals as well as tourists.
They have two cow signs out in front but they have other things.
We were especially impressed because our meal was served with out the benifit of electricity.
The electricity was out for a couple of hours that evening. They must be used to that happening because they didn't even mention it.
Favorite Dish: They have good fish as well as steaks.
We had fried cheese for an appitizer.