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“A bit hit and miss” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Azema Exotica Bistro

Azema Exotica Bistro
Angel Carranza 1875, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Palermo)
(011) 4774 4191
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Ranked #382 of 2,387 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Palermo
London, UK
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“A bit hit and miss”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

We went here in the evening with a group of 5 friends. As one reviewer commented the owner takes the orders but doesn´t seem to do any of the cooking. The menu is a bit all over the place - yes I understand it is influenced by French colonial cooking but what are the ravioli doing on the menu, probbaly afraid of losing the conservative Buenos Aires patrons.

The starters were pretty decent, the ceviche was well spiced and the dumplings seemed home made.
The main courses were below par, most of the dishes were at best luke-warm. Not sure what caused the delay in the kitchen. To his credit the owner said that the 3 desserts we ordered would be on the house. They were pretty good, especially the apples with cinnamon ice cream.

The ambience is ok, the decor is starting to look a bit tired. This is a general problem with the restaurants in this part of Buenos Aires. The buzz has gone a bit and the restaurants will need to up their game if they want to keep on attracting the customers.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Everything is excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

Amazing service, the chef personally goes around to every table, regardless of what night it is, and every single dish is delicious. You can tell everything is checked to make sure it goes out perfectly. The curries, the ribs, the ceviches, the starters, the deserts--all spectacular. I've been 3 times and never disappointed. Also, they have a genuinely good selection of wines at the right prices.

Visited April 2012
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Exceptional cuisine conceptualized by a unique individual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2012

Four of us dined at Azema and all four of us found it to be one of the best meals we had ever eaten. Not only were we delighted by the food, we were charmed by Azema's congenial owner and chef extraordinaire who's diverse cultural background was reflected in the outstanding fusion dishes we feasted on. You would hardly know the restaurant was there if didn't know where to look -- there was a tiny sign outside and, walking by you, would never guess by the modest appearance what fabulous food lies inside. My friend said the salmon was unmatched for flavor and preparation. My husband had a lamb dish that was out of this world, and I went with the chef's recommendation for the duck. I normally don't care for duck, but felt compelled to try it. It was exquisitely seasoned and prepared and I enjoyed it immensely! My advice to new visitors -- ask for a recommendation and go with it.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Keene, New York
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94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“The Food IS Exotic and Azema Himself is Charming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2012

We always come back to this place when in Buenos Aires.
The owner/chef Azema is there to greet you (he speaks fine English) and help you choose a wine or a dish. The dishes are an eclectice mix from all over the world. The curries are pretty much the spiciest dishes you can get in spice-averse Argentina. The fish in Cambodian yellow curry is my favorite.

  • Visited February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Where he go, his ego go!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012 via mobile

I'm not one for writing reviews but after being misled by the rave reviews for this place I thought I should redress the balance.
Yes the walking ego (owner) does briefly discuss his dishes with patrons, sadly not long enough for you to make an informed decision - but then he wasn't listening anyway... The ambience was nice as was the decor so a plus point. My partner had the shrimp curry - again a plus (at least not a minus). My dish was rather more mediocre, in fact a pre-teen or rather inebriated students left-overs best describes. Sliced steak in straight from the bottle sweet chilli sauce - both served with rice that required a knife to consume. Upon having the 'audacity' to tell him his 'fare' was just 'ok' he sulked like a spoilt child, charged us for covers we didn't ask for and removed the cash discount! We hastily left as things were getting quite awkward! Please avoid.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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