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upscaleTO Dec 29, 2008 11:12 AM

Just came back from Argentina and wanted to share some feedback with the rest of the foodies.

First of all, thank you to everyone for the recommendations, as most of them were very good!

Buenos Aires

Parillas:

La Cabrera - touristy, but excellent meat and friendly services. nice location in Palermo Soho. very reasonable - around $70US for two with wine.

Don Julio - similar to La Cabrera, but a bit more rustic and slightly cheaper. Very comfortable recommending this place for a casual dinner.

Cabana Las Lilos - a bit fancier than the other two. located on the water in Puerto Madero. Also excellent meat, complimentary appetizers and dessert. Prices are 20-30% higher than La Cabrera/Don Julio. Monster wine list!

Osaka - one of the best non-meat dinners! Japanese with Peruvian twists. serious sushi buffs might be disappointed with limited selection of fish (tuna was not available), but we didn't mind. the place was happening and not touristy at all. this dinner was a bit pricey at $130US$ for two, including 1 beer and 1 martini (no wine).

Club 647 - having read rave reviews, our expectations were quite high... the major issue with this place was the fact that it was EMPTY (1 more couple in addition to us in a place with 100+ guest capacity) on a Saturday night around 10-11pm. this was very odd, considering that this is supposed to be one of the best restos in town. food was OK, but very forgettable.

Piegari - excellent Italian place in Recoleta (near the Four Seasons). portions are meant to be shared. highly recommended.

Park Hyatt - we went for lunch and thought it was a good spot: both food (tuna tataki, sushi rolls) and atmosphere (we ate outside, in a very nice garden) were top notch. As one would expect, prices are quite high.

Mendoza

1884 - The best food overall (try mustard-topped steak) and very impressive setting, but we expected better service from a place of this caliber. Quite expensive at $130US for two.

Ruca Malen winery - highly recommended. we stopped by for a 7-course lunch with wine pairing as part of a wine tour and were thoroughly impressed by food and wine selections.

Cavas Wine Lodge - stayed there for 2 nights. perfect honeymoon spot (private house set right in the middle of a vineyard, with your own plunge pool and a terrace with a fireplace). fantastic sunsets. Very expensive, but definitely worth the money!

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    laurafoodfan RE: upscaleTO Dec 30, 2008 02:56 PM

    Hi UpscaleTO,

    We ate in quite a few places on your list and would like to add a few more for luck! We had similar experiences in some of your choices and different in others but i will leave you with our experiences and some extras.

    Osaka- good sushi experience but definately not the type we are used to at home in LA. Very buzzy with good tasty food that left us with the urge to return.

    Cabana Las Lilas - i can only call this place the ULTIMTEtourist destination which we did not like. I ordered Salmon which perhaps was a mistake in a Parilla and was a little dry. Only recomended for people who like to see lots of other Americans.

    647 Dinner Club
    The night we went there was a lot of people and we had a good experience. I ordered the rib eye which was excelent and really loved the look and vibe of the place.

    Park Hyatt
    Totally loved the location, an amazing building with beautiful grounds. The lunch buffet is great.

    Oui Oui
    Great french style cafe in Palermo, very cool and hip. Ideal for a relaxed lunch any day of the week.(we went 3 times!)

    I leave some more tomorrow.

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