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“Simply Fabulous”
Review of Aramburu

Aramburu
Ranked #5 of 5,396 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$90 - US$150
Cuisines: Argentinian
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Aramburu bets on the guest experience. The proprietary chef, Gonzalo Aramburu, experiments with sophisticated dishes that reflect his gastronomic philosophy, highlighting techniques of molecular gastronomy, such as: introduction of chemical elements (liquid nitrogen, for example); Foams, air, vacuum production among others. After visiting different restaurants and gastronomic schools of the world, Gonzalo designs daily a space of vanguard. Aramburu Restaurant presents a tasting menu by steps. The creative vision of the author combines Buenos Aires cuisine with national roots and a renewed menu every season.
Reviewed 22 February 2012

Cannot say enough about the quality of the food and its presentation. Especially at a budget friendly $200 for 2 (this is easily a Michelin Star type restaurant). We had the 11 course tasting menu and they were even able to accommodate a lactose intolerant diner. The sommelier guided us to 2 spectacular Argentine wines. Also we booked on-line and everything worked perfectly.

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3  Thank sjc6526
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

Well, it is very hard to decide where to start writing about this very very special restaurant. First of all the very curious name comes from the Chef’s last name and this was the first mystery solved!

First of all reserving a table, even for two becomes very hard because the restaurant only has about 7 tables overall and can probably sit 25 people max. Every one has to arrive between 8.30-9.30 pm and for South American times this is “early”. Once you get a reservation you go to the restaurant, which is like in a strange and dark neighborhood, and you basically think where am I? and Why am I here?

Once you are at number 1050 of the street you ring the bell hoping for someone nice to open you the door. A very nice lady, who is the sommelier opened and greeted us. We where the last table left to be seated, and I thought we where early! The place inside is very nice, cozy but romantic at the same time. There is a giant glass in front of the kitchen that makes you see every step in the preparation of dinner.

The wine list is very interesting and we had 3 different wines (white, red, and desert), a lot of drinking but everyone was so different and it simply went perfect with every dish. The sommelier did a great job.

The menu is basically a 10 course meal which includes seafood, fish, meat, vegetables, and dessert. Every plate is simply spectacular, very different from each other and every one made you so curious to see what would come next.

This restaurant is a 3 star Michelin quality, have eaten in many of them I don’t see why this can’t be up there. It is a must if you are in Buenos Aires and you are a foodie.

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3  Thank greg_bar
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

I love it when all the food decisions are made for you and I can just focus on the wine list. The set menu was creative and delicious. On the night we were their the chef was out and the meal was prepared by his staff - he's trained them well! A bit of challenge to find the place, but once we were inside it was a magical evening!

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1  Thank Karla B
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Service was fantastic, really helpful staff and lovely atmosphere. We had the tasting menu. The food was inventive and well presented ...but the flavour of some courses was not up to scratch. Casa coupage delivered 5 stars on every course, aramburu sadly didnt. Overall a nice evening though.

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Reviewed 4 February 2012

Be aware when you arrive (by taxi, please do not walk) there are less than desirable people hanging out across the street, the shutters will be down, there is a tiny gap in the door where you can see in and the sign says closed. Ring the bell and poke your head into the gap and you will be whisked inside in a jiffy.

You will be seated in a tiny 5-7 table dining room where they have the perfect distance between tables and the perfect volume of music to ensure you can speak loudly enough to each other but you do not have to listen to your neighbour’s conversation. Try to get the table in front of the kitchen; it just adds to the excitement of the evening to see what may be coming next.

And here the fun begins. The amuse bouche of edible paper, where you can paint on the sauces to make your own flavour combinations, makes for a great talking point at the start of your meal. The next courses were a variety of small appetisers and a warm ragout served in a coffee cup. Then the seafood courses with scallops, followed by prawns followed by white salmon. Each had a slightly smoky element that tied all the dishes together, each being presented on its own very unique dish, with just a little bit of the dramatic, and best of all each being cooked absolutely perfectly. The scallops are going straight to the number one spot of the best scallops I have ever eaten. A gorgeous beet and daikon salad comes before a confit pork belly and Aramburu’s version of beef and potatoes. I should mention that although there are a couple of tiny ‘molecular gastronomy’ elements (ie Heston can rest easy) this is not a molecular style meal at all. The main elements are just perfectly partnered with its accompaniments in the best possible way.

At this stage the meal slows down. The timing I have to say is impeccable, the size of portions just right so you are feeling there may be room in the special desert stomach, but you could easily walk away now more than satisfied. We have a pre desert to cleans the palate and then out comes a cold stone with a cardamom and coffee ice cream with a free dried vodka sauce, and then the perfect way to end the night; a trio of childhood favourites, candy floss, pop corn and caramel peanuts ..... with a balloon! Now don’t just take the balloon home, they encourage you to take the end off and suck in the helium and talk like Donald Duck! Yes seriously. So in all, starting with playing with your food on edible paper through to sucking in helium and talking like Donald Duck at the end with all the extraordinary food in the middle, it makes for a memorable evening!

There are a couple of tiny suggestions that would have made this one of my best food experiences ever. The wine side of things and the description about what we were eating fell down slightly. In no way do I want to say it was bad, it just did not meet the impeccable standard of the food. Our waitress was clearly not a sommelier, which is fine as we didn’t not expect she would be but we did expect that there would be a sommelier on the premises. Because of this there was no explanation given as to how the wine was being matched to the food. It was all reasonable wine, all from small bodegas and stretching from Salta to Mendoza to Patagonia and we were told on pouring what we were drinking ..... but just another 30 seconds on how this was being matched to what we were about to eat would have just added to the experience. Also, including a desert wine would have been good in the 5 wine line-up. We had to order a bottle at the end of the meal, which is OK but again a slight service standard hiccup where we should have been asked if we wanted some desert wine before the first desert came.

The other things that could have added to the evening would have been in the first few minutes to have the format explained to us and the wine options given. When the amuse bouche came out (where you paint the edible paper) we didn’t really know what was happening. We had to ask about the wine, if wine matching was an option, where I felt in a restaurant of this standard we should have this information offered to us. I think it was because there was food coming to the table and they hadn’t even asked about water yet that we felt that the meal was beginning without us know what exactly what the meal format was (or how we go about ordering wine) .... just a tiny timing thing that caused a small stall but everything got back on track by the first course.

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