So last night we decided to kind of wing it and decide what we wanted to eat later in the day. I was in meetings all day and didn't know what time I'd get done so we didn't want to plan specific reservations anywhere. I got out of a meeting late with my lawyer at 8:30 PM by the time I got home.
It was raining last night and that's one of the only times it is difficult to get a taxi in Buenos Aires (along with Christmas and New Year's Eve). I ended up having my father in law take me to my lawyer's office.
We thought we'd go to the Park Hyatt as it's been a while since I've eaten at the Duhau Restaurante & Vionteca. (http://www.buenosaires.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels-buenosaires-park/entertainment/index.jsp ) We tried calling for a while and it was incredibly frustrating that no one answers the phone in the restaurant. We even tried calling the hotel to patch us through. The hotel got through and said hold to connect but then they hung up. I can't understand restaurants that have this kind of poor service and don't answer the phone ever. Same thing happened at M.
We decided to just walk over and see as we are very close. We went over and they didn't have anything. They were totally packed in the restaurant with people standing waiting in the lobby. The other restaurant at the Park Hyatt was full as well.
We decided to try to eat at Chez Nous at the Algodon Mansion (http://www.algodonmansion.com/restaurant ). I haven't been here for a long time and it was a lunch that I ate. It was a bit frustrating that they say they have a downloadable menu on their website but I could never get it to download. So they probably fix that.
But then again, if they had the downloadable menu and I saw it before going, I probably wouldn't have gone to be honest. Their menu is VERY limited. I was quite surprised that a gorgeous restaurant of this calibre would have such a limited menu.
My wife doesn't eat much meat/pork/chicken and prefers fish and I figured there would at least be one fish dish but was surprised that much of their menu consisted of cheese plates or informal type food. For example, they had two appetizers on the menu. One was a cheese salad and the other was Empanadas (neither of which we were hungry for). Or they had small plates of an assorted cheese dish from Mendoza or another option was cheese and cold cuts or a quesadilla. HUH?
Their 3 primary (only) items on the menu were either steak (ojo de bife "rib eye"), chicken or pork. And side items included some grilled vegetables, potatoes or pureed carrots.
We asked our waitress if she could make a green salad with some tomatoes instead as we didn't want any of those appetizers. She happily agreed and brought out this HUGE salad which was good. They serve an assortment of warm breads with their own Olive Oil from their own vineyards and the Olive Oil was VERY good. So were the breads.
I got the Rib eye and my wife got the chicken which we both enjoyed. They were very tasty. Our waitress was excellent. The service here is absolutely wonderful and the restaurant is beautiful. The restaurant was fairly dead. There was only 2 other tables busy last night while we were there and everyone were tourists speaking English. No Porteños at all which typically isn't a good sign.
Absolutely the service and the food that we did get was great but really a restaurant of this calibre should have a bigger selection to choose from IMHO.
I've had the good fortune to have been around long enough in Buenos Aires to have seen this building go full circle from abandoned building back in 2003 when it was for sale to the gorgeous mansion that it is today. The place is absolutely beautiful.
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