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“Wonderful!”
Review of Tristan Barraza

Tristan Barraza
Ranked #229 of 737 Restaurants in Mendoza
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 9 February 2014

As we were staying at the Park Hyatt, Tristan's was literally just around the corner and we discovered it completely by accident. We went a total of 3 times over our visit (over about a week pre and post Aconcagua). Everything we had - chicken, steak, meat plates, salads - all wonderful and the staff was very helpful. Yes, the service is a bit slow but that's expected everywhere in this country (which is part of the charm!). The waiters were very friendly and remembered us each time we went.

Date of visit: February 2014
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Thank HeatherKennedy
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Reviewed 25 December 2013

Christmas Eve in Mendoza, Argentina, the self proclaimed "International Capital of Vino" it is of course MY BIRTHDAY so we selected a special restaurant after copious Trip Advisor research.

We strolled up the avenue, through Independence Plaza, past the Park Hyatt and into the fine dining area of the city.

Alas, despite a website saying open every day, our chosen place was firmly locked. We pressed on past great looking restaurants, all firmly padlocked or shuttered. We found a pair open, or more accurately, about to open at 10 pm the normal opening time. It was only 8 pm and one (Restaurant Tristan Barraza) invited us to take a seat while they prepared for their Christmas Eve special set price menu

We took up their offer and were soon joined by other tourists. We remarked to each other that English was being spoken at every table and that this did not augur well.

The courses start arriving staccato fashion and need some elaboration:

We had:

A basket of stale stale white bread rolls and pretzels in plastic with a single pat of rapidly melting butter that we managed to extract from our waiter, who being the only English speaker was a lot busier than his indolent mates

Entree

He had:
Lomito ahumado con anana
Two micro thin slices of chemical pink ham partially covered with a tablespoon of tinned Golden Circle pineapple pieces, all adorned with a single quarter strawberry splayed in the heat.

I had:
Brochette de marisco con salsa tartara
A skewer with a generous serving of seafood extender, pickled cauliflower, raw onion and something that may or may not have been aged calamari or pickled turnip and tinned Taiwanese mussels, with a tub of tartare sauce, all adorned with a sprig of parsley

Mains
He had:
Lomo relleno con mil horas de papas
Mercifully thin slice of (probably) beef rolled with cheddar cheese and cubes of pig skin and fat all, secured with 2 (complimentary) toothpicks, atop a generous serving of gelatinous sauce in which also sat a square of microwaved potato pie.

I had:
Pollo relleno con salsa del almendras y papas
Strikingly similar meal, this time with chicken replacing the meat and the sauce a different colour, but interestingly not taste with a sprinkling of submerged almonds. This time however, we had 5 McCains wedges replacing the rapidly thawing potato pie

Desserts
We both avoided the strawberry and cream and the chocolate mousse and instead chose:
Bombon suizo
Best described as a warm Tartuffo minus the cherry. Unfortunately as it was served on a flat plate, it was difficult to finish before it overflowed the edges

Accompaniments
Turron: Nougat (2 grams)
Garrapinadas: Roasted Peanuts(7)
Pan dulce: Crumbled muffin

Drinks
Either red or white from the same captive winery and a glass of "champagne", all served at room temperature which at this time was still 34 degrees

At this stage the locals arrived and filed into our restaurant. We knew they were locals because they all wore the same tee shirts, spoke Spanish very loudly and turned up in a giant double decker party bus. We thought Christmas Eve a strange night for a buck's party.

This raised the tempo of the evening, so admiring the courage of our neighbours who left before the mains, we took our leave and left no tip and dropped into the Hyatt for a cocktail and to sign up for tomorrow's Christmas lunch regardless of price.

By now taxis were scarce, so we walked home through darkening streets and increasing numbers of loitering youths who seemed to be on the lookout for last minute Christmas gifts.

However, we made it home safely in time for another drink and the midnight fireworks.

Next day of course was Christmas Day so we trotted off to the Hyatt and spent the whole afternoon enjoying our special Christmas lunch with all the food, fine wine and Chandon champagne you can stuff in (being Christmas)

Imagine our surprise before waddling off to find that the price was exactly the same as last night's disaster (350 pesos) !! This time we left a tip.

Date of visit: December 2013
Thank 281davidk
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

This restaurant was mediocre at best. Steaks/Parilla was ok, nothing great. Service was slow, atmosphere not so good. I would not recommend this place.

Date of visit: June 2013
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Thank Anonymous1230
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Reviewed 25 February 2013

We made the mistake of going to dinner at 6 p.m., when people in S.A. eat at 9 or 10 p.m. The restaurant was hardly open, and we were the only patrons. It became obvious that they were simply trying to be welcoming to us, even thought we had chosen a time when they were not ready. The mealsw were slow to be prepared, for obvious reasons, and generally they were too busy getting ready for a their late evening crowd. The wines were phenomenal, and expensive.

Date of visit: November 2012
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Thank Billy A
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Reviewed 16 February 2013

Great great service (we had the most charming waiter!) and even better food! The meat was delicious and so were the side dishes, also the wine menu was quite impressive. We would definitely go there again.

1  Thank Carinitaaustria
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