For our last restaurant night in Rosario, our hosts brought my friend and I to Refineria. Even from the outside, I could tell it was going to be a special experience.
The decor is a tastefully eclectic fusion of vintage, modern, industrial--- from the original pattern painting on the wall, to the beautifully redone ceiling, long rich drapes separating rooms, modern lighting, and to cap it off, the portrait of the chef's great-grandfather on the wall.
Best bread we had in Rosario, followed by some of the most delicious pulpo asado [grilled octopus] i've had anywhere [including greek food in NYC], a warm Camembert pear arugula salad, and a delicious and fierce Pinot Noir from a local winery.
Pan seared salmon where the skin was crispy while the meat stayed moist, luscious pesto, mashed potatoes, and bitter wilted greens served as an excellent entree, making the entire meal a complete success.
And just when i thought the meal was complete, a dessert of vanilla ice cream, rolled in bittersweet cocoa, with ginger-honey, blueberries, and toasted nuts. Truly splendid, fresh, and decadent,
I look forward to my next trip to Rosario, and especially to the Refineria!
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