Since we were spending minimal amounts of plata on our lodging, we were able to eat like reinas. During our first night in Mendoza, Margaret and I decided to go to Azafrán, a restaurant downtown Mendoza, recommended in my Fodor’s Argentina guidebook. Here is what the guidebook had to say:
It’s as much a gourmet grocery and wineshop as it is an incredible restaurant with tons of character…shelves are stocked with local olive oils, dried herbs and spices, smoked meats, and olives and homemade jams. Eighty wineries are represented by more than 400 labels in the wine bar, where an old wine press has been converted into a tasting table. There is no wine list, but you can explore the wine room and look at the shelves of wine while working with a sommelier to find the perfect pairing for your food order. The food is super fresh, traditionally Argentine yet with creative flair, and gorgeously presented…This is a versatile place that works well whether you need to have a business meeting, dine with your family, or have a romantic dinner for two.
The book really sells this place, right? Right. And with good reason. It was wonderful.
Here are some pictures of our food and the restaurant itself!
So many to choose from! And I knew so little about wine. Good thing we had the sommelier to direct us to a Torrontés, a white wine that paired well with the seafood we ate.Another part of the wine room.
My dinner. Especial del día: trucha con espárragos y puré de papa. Trout with asparagus and mashed potatoes.
Margaret’s dinner: Shrimp risotto.
The best part: Degustación de postres including flan, frutas secas & quesos, torta de chocolate con helado de vainilla, y whatever is in that shot glass with dulce de leche on top.
This dinner was a wonderful way to celebrate our first day in wine country. If you plan on making a trip to Mendoza City, I would highly recommend Azafrán. Here’s a link to the menu, just for fun.