WOW! Whenever you venture out of the Resort Zone in Cancun, you worry a little bit. After a few experiences last year, it became clear to us that, as much as we'd like to be those cool, adventurous eaters, maybe we're better suited to the snobbier end of things when we're on vacation. Live it up, right?
This year, we went for our annual expedition to the market, and after reading a couple of reviews here and on Yelp, we decided to give this place a shot. What a pleasant surprise!
First off, the menu outside gives the person walking by absolutely no idea of the quality of the service, food, ambience, and overall experience inside. It looks kinda like a menu you'd find at a pizza place named "Papa [insert name here]'s". We decided to go forward with it, regardless, and immediately we were rewarded.
Our serving team, primarily Josue and Fernando, were amazing - extremely attentive without being overbearing, great senses of humor, and (importantly for non-spanish speakers like us in Centro Cancun) spoke very good English. We got a great wine recommendation from Josue, everything there is Argentinian in origin and he knows his stuff about what they're offering.
Then the food started coming. And coming. And coming. Portion size, for an American, is absurd, but in Argentina it must be absolutely insanity-inducing. First off, we got empanadas, all of which were amazing, but special shout-out to the corn and cheese. We also got the grilled Provoleta with the sardines, which was a revelation. Along with these was a tremendous selection of artisan breads, all very well done, along with assorted butters and dipping sauces. Totally kept us busy while the main event was being prepared.
When the steaks arrived, it was honestly daunting to look at them - they were ENORMOUS. When we started eating was when the problems REALLY started, though, as they were also perfectly seasoned and cooked just right, so in spite of practically bursting stomachs, we did our best to plow through. Also not helping our cause in joining the clean plate club were the souffle' potatoes, basically some kind of potato chip-ish thing that is at once delicious, filling, and absolutely addictive.
Finally, we topped it off with a great dessert wine (the Saurus late harvest pinot is very complex and fruity, again, thank you Josue for the recommendation). In the end, we lost the battle against the massive amount of delicious food that came our way tonight...but we won the war - in the form of doggie bags and a truly delicious lunch awaiting me tomorrow.
Best part? The check. We got out of there spending just over $200 USD for 3 people, with wine, after-dinner drinks, an extra cocktail or two, appetizers, and giant steak entrees. And the quality was right up there with the places that cost twice that much. Well done guys! Can't wait to come back next year.
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