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Hot Picks: Argentina and Chile

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access



Photo by Michael Reiss



Argentina and Chile, long known for their wines, are becoming world class culinary destinations as well. Many of the wineries are located near enough to cities so that you can combine tours of the wineries with first class dining and accommodation all at an affordable price. This makes the journey especially worthwhile.

The warmth, graciousness and conviviality of the Latin cultures can be felt from the moment you arrive. The fine selection of restaurants and wineries is dizzying. However long your stay, you will regret leaving so soon and vow to return. We have just begun our exploration of these exciting destinations and we will add to our list as time goes on.

Here are some options for your visit!

 

 

Where to Stay

Where to Eat

What to Do

 

 

Hot Picks: Argentina and Chile

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Eat



1884 Restaurant- Francis Mallman


The clay oven at 1884 Restaurant- Francis Mallman adds a unique flavor to the food.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Francis Mallman represents the finest culinary traditions of France and South America so it is no surprise that his restaurant in Mendoza, Argentina is no exception. Under the able direction of the Executive Chef , this restaurant, housed in a winery located about 10 minutes from the city center is a must for food and wine connoisseurs.

Your first decision is whether to dine in the romantic garden with its dramatic clay oven's flames aglow or in the chic dining room within sight of the glassed in kitchen. Either venue provides the appropriate ambiance for the refined Argentina recipes that are at once, simple yet exquisitely representing the culinary traditions of the country. Besides starters, there are creative tapas to whet your appetite and complement the wines of the region. Your waiter is available to suggest appropriate pairings or to simply discuss the encyclopedic wine list with its endless possibilities for new wine adventures. This is a quintessential culinary experience, unique to Mendoza. Try 1884 Restaurant- Francis Mallman!



This is the chic dining room at 1884 Restaurant- Francis Mallman.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Assorted Tapas
Baked pumpkin salad with arugula and pecorino cheese

Favorite Entrees:

Clay oven roasted baby suckling pig with arugula and onion salad
Rib eye steak with "chimichurri" and cubed potatoes

Favorite Dessert:

Peaches and plums burnt in the clay oven with ice-cream

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Many dishes at 1884 Restaurant- Francis Mallman are beautifully presented and delicious.

Photo by Michael Reiss

1884 Restaurant- Francis Mallman
Belgrano 1188-(5501) Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Argentina
Tel. 0261-424-2698

 

ZUR


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Mendoza, in the heart of the Argentina wine country, offers many dining options and one of the most intriguing is ZUR, where cuisine, wine and art combine in an elegant, contemporary setting.

Chef/Owner Mariana Toledo offers warm hospitality, changing art exhibits and memorable cuisine. Her loyal, local patrons appreciate her fusion of Argentina and Mediterranean influences which heighten the enjoyment of traditional recipes.

Her menu and art change with the seasons and her wine pairings compliment and enhance the experience. Finding ZUR is finding a culinary gem waiting to be discovered by the discriminating tourist.


Zur's upbeat dinning space is graced with beautiful contemporary art work.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Empanadas
House Salad

Favorite Entrees:

Rib Eye Steak with chimichurri
Risotto of the Day

Favorite Dessert:

Chef's special

 

 

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This is Zur's civiche--beautifully presented.

Photo by Michael Reiss

ZUR
Av. Mariano Moreno 111. Mendoza, Argentina
Tel. 0261 428-4170

 

Le Mistral


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Located on the lobby level of the FOUR SEASONS HOTEL in Buenos Aires, Le Mistral, named for the Mediterranean wind, offers dishes influenced by Argentina, Spain, Italy, France, Greece and Northern Africa.


Using the finest local products, Executive Chef Matthias Zumstein, creates personal interpretations of each countries dishes which are visually stunning and excite the palate. Whether choosing from the perfectly prepared grilled selections or the innovative selections from the Mediterranean inspired menu, you are sure to be delighted with the chef's attention to detail and savory results.

The wine pairings, chosen from an impressive list of Argentina's finest bodegas, complement and enhance the cuisine. Tourists and locals alike will delight in this gourmet dining experience served by gracious and knowledgeable staff in an informal, refined setting.



This is Le Mistral upbeat contemporary dinning room.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Moroccan quail "bastela" served with warm tomato and saffron vinaigrette
Gorganzola risotto with apples and grilled Portobello

Favorite Entrees:

Tagine of prawns, lemon confit and roasted couscous
malbec braised beef short ribs, baby vegetables and crispy potatoes.

Favorite Dessert:

Chef's Special

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Executive Chef Matthias Zumstein is presenting his gourmet dishes with great passion and flair.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Le Mistral
Four Seasons Hotel
Posadas 1086/88, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel. 54 (11) 4321 1200

 

Le Sud


Photo by Michael Reiss

The Restaurant Le Sud is located on the ground floor of the Sofitel Hotel. This sophisticated space provides a fitting backdrop for the culinary artistry of award wining Executive Chef Thierry Psonka.

His menu offers traditional and contemporary Mediterranean cuisine prepared with the panache and finesse of a Michelin-starred chef. His presentations inspire awe, and his dishes are complex, expertly executed and palate pleasing.

A knowledgeable sommelier is eager to introduce you to some of Argentina's finest wines to enhance your dining experience. This is Michelin-level dining at its best in Buenos Aires.



This is the tranquil and eloquent dinning room at Le Sud, found in Sofitel Hotel in Buenos Aires.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

Smoked Salmon on blinis with creme fraiche and cucumber slices
Poached pear with a gratinee of roquefort. Shrimp sautéed with curry.

Favorite Entrees:

Dover Sole with a black truffle custard, braised endive in an orange sauce
Paparadelle pasta with a symphony of seafood in an olive oil and basil sauce

Favorite Dessert:

Variations on the theme of Chocolate, white, milk and dark


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At Le Sud this is one of Executive Chef Thierry Psonka's gourmet and dramatically presented dishes.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Le Sud at the Sofitel Hotel
Arroyo 841/849, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel. 54 (11) 4131-0000

 

 

 

Indomita


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Perched high on a hill overlooking the vineyards of the Casablanca Valley, in Chile is a modern castle devoted to the art of fine food and wine, Indomita.

This architecturally stunning edifice provides magnificent, unobstructed vistas of the surrounding are and establishes the high ground for gourmets and wine aficionado in Chile. Executive Chef Oscar Tapia comes to Indomita with experience in Italian and Thai cooking traditions. Each dish is a creative fusion that blends his background influences into a unique melding of flavors, textures, sights smells and tastes ,and most importantly his original recipes work!

They are palate pleasing and provide a perfect marriage for the excellent wines produced by the estate of the same name. About equidistant on the route between Valparaiso and Santiago, this vineyard and restaurant are well worth the journey.



Executive Chef Oscar Tapia presents one of his creative gourmet dishes at the modern and architecturally pleasing Indomita Restaurant.

Photo by Michael Reiss


Favorite Appetizers:

crab and edam cheese ravioli barbecued seared in sesame oil placed on greens dressed with balsamic vinaigrette
Mixed green leaves, laminated smoked salmon, mixed spouts, sliced goat cheese, thyme and lemon dressing

Favorite Entrees:

Sealed, barbecued tilapia fillet, quinoa risotto in lobster broth, garlic prawns, orange cardamom reduction

Tender filet of beef in a pistachio crust, accompanied by date and wild mushroom strudel with an exotic blackberry and merlot reduction.

Favorite Dessert:

Chefs Selection

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This is Indomita Restaurant's "tender filet of beef in a pistachio crust, accompanied by date and wild mushroom strudel with an exotic blackberry and merlot reduction."

Photo by Michael Reiss

Indomita
Casablanca & Maipo Vineyards
Ruta 68, Casablanca, Chile
Tel. 56 32 754 400

 

 


 

 

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