Thinking of top-notch Spanish food and fish dishes in Buenos Aires has always meant thinking of Oviedo, in my humble opinion, one of the best restaurants in the city – an impression that has been recently ratified by the fact that Oviedo has just taken a spot in the ranking of the top 50 restaurants in Latin America published by British food magazine Restaurant.
A great deal of the merit for almost 20 years of excellence is in the capable hands of Oviedo’s chef Martín Rebaudino, who was trained in Spain and rubs shoulders with the cream of the crop in today’s food scene. Martín has put all of his expertise to the service of renewing the restaurant’s menu, which is evolving without losing its rich tradition. The result is a fusion of Spanish cuisine, Mediterranean trends and the best seasonal products the market has to offer.
He prepared a 6-course tasting menu for us to feast on: Galician style fish pie; trout gravlax with tabbouleh; Gaston’s ceviche (named to honor the creator of the recipe, Gastón Acurio, owner of Astrid & Gastón, Peru); pan-seared shrimp with linguini (probably my favorite dish, though it is almost impossible to chose the best course in this group); saffron rice with hake, and for dessert a pavlova with berries and a raspberry sorbet. The whole thing was wonderfully matched with Rutini wines (first a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, and then a glass of red –a Cabernet/ Merlot blend).
It is worth mentioning that this restaurant has a unique wine cellar and three wine lists: one shows local wines from Salta to Patagonia (from AR$120 to AR$500), another one lists wines imported from Spain, France, Italy, Australia, Chile, Uruguay, Portugal, South Africa, Hungary and the USA, and the third one includes high-end and special vintage bottles that go from AR$500 to AR$10,000.
In summary, Oviedo offers a unique, luxurious food experience, well worth enjoying if you are visiting Buenos Aires.
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