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“Great Value - Wish We Ate Here Every Night”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Ruca Mahuida

Ruca Mahuida
Ranked #31 of 55 Restaurants in El Chalten
Price range: $4 - $17
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Argentinean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: a gently and warm service, and a homemade and genuine food ,cook just at the moment. a friendly place , whith its own stoty in chalten; a place that invites you share a meal with friends and family.
Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews
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“Great Value - Wish We Ate Here Every Night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

For the quality you get in this town, I'd say this is a great bet for your money. We ate at 3 restaurants in El Chalten. In terms of value for the money, I would say Ruca Mahuida was the best, then El Muro, and with La Tapera trailing pretty far behind. I base it on the fact we got lomo at all three and they were the same price (130 pesos). However, the quality of the meat, other ingredients, cooking, and taste put the first two way ahead the third and made Ruca Mahuida the clear first for us. Ruca Mahuida's tenderloin with mushroom risotto were delightful and the only dish that made my taste buds sing in this town. I wish I could remember the sauce because we loved it! And the cut of meat was of the highest quality and the most generous portion. I would describe this restaurant as French treatment of local ingredients. That might account for the criticism that it's too fussy or expensive. However, it didn't seem fussy to me since I love French food and sauces and appreciated the variation on just merely being served a big hunk of meat. In addition to the lomo, we also had smoked trout and smoked salmon for an appetizer and entrecot for our second main. The dishes all looked appealing and tasted even better. The service was also the friendliest of the three. The ambiance is that of a charming wooden house and more upscale and quiet than the other two places. If you're looking to be more rowdy and boisterous, I'd say go elsewhere. However, if you're looking for a quiet, good meal, I highly recommend this place. I wish we had eaten here our first night instead of our last because we would have returned all 3 nights. This restaurant is not on the main street, but it was worth the extra few minutes to walk there.

  • Visited March 2013
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Buenos Aires
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134 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Excellent choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We looked up the menu of this restaurant in our nearly located Hotel Destino Sur and decided to try it for a dinner, as the choice seemed attractive. The restaurant is situated in a very nice garden and once inside, it impresses as a cozily set home dining room. We chose a trout and a lamb course, both excellent, but noted that prices were higher than on the menu we looked up earlier in our hotel. They explained that effectively prices have been raised last week, but in compensation they offered us a free dessert (volcán de chocolate), a fantastically prepared chocolate cake, which we highly recommend. We appreciated this gesture very much, it shows that the restaurant cares about good service to customers. They only accept Mastercard, but astonishingly not Visa, so be prepared for this detail, as prices are not cheap.

  • Visited January 2013
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Good, but pricy for the value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Probably the most culinary restaurant in el chalten. Very, very nice staff, but the kitchen just tries too hard to make the food as complicated as possible with sauces and foames (cognac foame on a green salad?) that don't add to the flavour or the look of the dish. Please keep it more simple. Meat and fish are cooked well.

  • Visited January 2013
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Seattle, WA
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“Unusual and interesting flavors”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

From beginning to end, this restaurant offered unusual combinations of flavors in every course: soup, salad, entree and dessert. Very creative and successful. Expensive but worth it.

Visited February 2012
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Classy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2012

Surprised to find classy sophisticated restaurant menu on the house. Priced accordingly. Beyond a bar of bistro level. Fresh. Love the lamb spareribs and mixed starter of smoked trout, venison, etc. Quiet ambience.

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