I came here with my wife based on a post by a very reputable poster on the TripAdvisor Buenos Aires forums (which I consider the best forum in the world).
We had gone to iLatina and LOVED the closed door experience. These types of restaurants seem all the rage in Buenos Aires now. We had an AMAZING meal at iLatina. If I still lived in Buenos Aires I'd hit these closed door restaurants every week!
I tried emailing them to make a reservation but they never answered so I just called and quickly made a reservation. It was funny as they called me the day of my reservation calling me back from my email but I told them I already made a reservation.
The dynamics of these types of places are interesting. They don't want to advertise their addresses on their website as to avoid unwanted guests that don't have reservations. iLatin is set up as a formal restaurant (albeit it's closed door so you have to have reservations). There is a sign and it's clear it's a restaurant.
Ocho Once is set up more as an old house with older decor. Definitely I preferred the decor at iLatin but it was very cozy and romantic at Ocho Once as well. Think darkly lit lights, music playing in the background. There were about 10 tables in different rooms.
We sat in the living room but they had other areas including an outside terrace area but we opted to sit inside as it was getting a bit chilly at night.
The value for the money is VERY VERY good. They are set up differently where you don't have to drink wine with each course. It's only 200 pesos per person + whatever wine you might get. Our meal with 2 glasses of wine before tip was only 460 pesos!
The food was very good. They started out with a delicious bread basket with homemade warm fresh bread. There were 5 courses:
1) Carrot soup with hint of oranges and fennel.
2) Salmon with scallops
3) Shrimp ravioli with a delicious cognac sauce and also coconut milk (absolutely delicious and my favorite).
4) Braised pork with mashed potatoes & chutney
5) Orange parfait with a chocolate sauce base. (VERY good).
This has to be the best value for the money. 200 pesos @. For contrast, a pasta dish at Sottovoce is up to 150 pesos now! Just for a pasta.
The chef came around for each course and explained what it was. A very nice touch. A younger guy that seems to be passionate about food.
As dessert was finishing their electricity went out. I joked to my wife at least it was when we were done. About the only minor complaints I would have are the pork was a bit too salty and getting the check took forever. Even after requesting it, it took at least 25 minutes to get it. But really nothing to complain about.
Absolutely I'd highly recommend this place and as mentioned, it's really great value for the money.
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