Monday, October 4, 2010

5 stars for Chez Nous Restaurant at Algodon Mansion!

Great news from La Nacion, Argentina’s leading newspaper:  In addition to a full feature article on our Buenos Aires luxury boutique hotel, Algodon Mansion, last week (which you can read here), the mansion’s restaurant Chez Nous received 5 stars from the paper’s critic, Alicia Delgado.  I’m told that Ms. Delgado is the most important gourmet journalist in Latin America and only two other restaurants have ever received 5 stars from her. One was La Bourgogne in Alvear Palace.  Here is an online link to the La Nacion published review (in Spanish), and you can read a translation of it below.  Great job, everyone.

"Welcome to the trend of new-style hotels, with mansions and charming petits hôtels. The Algodon Mansion is  even more, with a winery, vineyards and lodge in San Rafael, Mendoza; landscape shared with the mysterious Patagonia.

In Buenos Aires, the hotel is located in a four-story house built in the early twentieth century, in the most elegant district of Buenos Aires, that is not intimidating but inviting, from the wonderful Frank's Cognac Bar, with relaxing chairs, but not too many details to overwhelm you, in a harmony of materials, textures, light and colorful yet glamorous sober.

A huge work of the Mendocino painter Hoffmann marks the range of red tones and creates the atmosphere, rolling up to the ceiling and installed in a lovely box. In the mega kitchen Antonio Soriano reigns, 35, Argentinean, and also formed with argentines and then in old Europe, Grand Cordon Bleu Diploma in Cuisine and Patisserie, Paris (2000), and some time at the restaurant Lucas Carton with Alain Senderens ... Now here at Algodon Mansion, he is executive chef of Chez Nous along with Ramiro Fernandez and a brigade of fourteen professionals.

The fruits and produce, some coming from San Rafael are excellent and allow the menu to change frequently. Don’t miss tasting the exclusive mahi-mahi (Pacific Ecuadorian fish) in a lemon emulsion ($ 95), excellent lamb with polenta, lemon and thyme (115), lavender duck with couscous and chutney (105), all from the night menu. Sweet Wonders: Tour au chocolat- the best kind-, Baba au Senteurs des îles, cheesecakes and delicate sorbets (59), macaroons you would only dream of, accompany the coffee. Original Argentine menu (109). List of wines curated by the wine critic Osvaldo Sánchez Salgado, with labels such as Algodon Wine Estate, among others. Even the bread was warm to the perfect temperature.

The Sommelier-maître Ramiro Hernandez is impeccable as is the rest of the staff. Breakfast & brunch (180), lunch (90 and 120), tea, bar. Not to be missed a coffee or tea at Chez Nous, which deserves the highest rating if this excellence continues."
- Scott Mathis