We arrived at Patagonia more or less exactly on time and after some discussion were told they couldn't find our reservation. But since we had a confirmation there weren't really any discussions about getting a table - more people had the same problem as far as we could tell.
However, since neither me or my wife have any prestige when it comes to certain tables etc we offered to eat at the bar. Something we actually prefer at laid back restaurants and it's always a fun time to hear the (Spanish) banter among staff and we feel it's a good way to be in and feel the buzz of the restaurant, have some privacy but still watch people work.
We chose empanadas and mussels gratinee for starters and got some bread and pebre salsa while waiting. The empanadas where good but the mussels really good. They came simply with some åarmesan cheese and parsley and felt less greasy than your usual batch. Both suggested wines were good matches.
Mains were Estefado - a really hearty boar stew - and a fish and shellfish stew. Both were quite basic, no-nonsense dishes.
We waited a little with dessert but decided to go with caramel filled horns of puff pastry and Leche Asada which is a Chilean version of crema catalana. The first was really nice but they failed (twice) with the latter so we decided to have the dulche de leche filled pancakes instead.
Then just leaned back and enjoyed the buzz as the restaurant was constantely full.
Alla in all a very good, enjoyable and fun night with some minor hickups with a really attentive and fun group of front of house staff.
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