Nadia OF

Localities: 
Chacras de Coria, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Cuyo
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Nadia OF is one of the best restaurants in the country. The owner and factotum is the Spaniard Nadia Herón, whose self-taught personal cuisine has garnered awards and praise. Located in an old adobe house, restored by the architectural firm Eliana Bórmida & Yanzón; it has a magnificent backyard with a wood-fired oven and a 12-meter-long heart pine table with a capacity for up to 22 people.

Nadia serves a six-course meal, which changes weekly.

Among the regular standing dishes of the house are the bread, which is superb (oil pancakes typical of Burgos, not to be missed), and the beef tenderloin steak parked in a clay oven with smashed potatoes and Mojo sauce.

The wine served is from O. Fournier winery, although guests are allowed to bring their own bottle and pay for corkage. Diners are typically from Mendoza and Buenos Aires as well as abroad.
 

Address: 

Italia 6055

Phone: 
+54 (261) 496 1731 / +54 (9 261) 553 1510
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Exceptional
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Almacén del Sur

Localities: 
Maipú, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Cuyo
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The restaurant is located in an old XIX century house that belonged to the Flamarique family, 25 minutes from downtown, surrounded by vineyards. It features an extraordinary plantation for the production of gourmet ingredients, 40 exclusive products which result in different and original food.
The restaurant offers a fixed six or seven course tasting menu.

Address: 

Zanichelli 709, Coquimbito

Phone: 
+54 (261) 4106597 / +54 (261) 4980752
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Very Highly Recommended
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Accessible
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Regional plates - Cuyo

Region: 
Cuyo
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Mendoza…memories from the beginning of the century

Dr. Jorge Ortíz

Mendoza, is a word that immediately reminds Argentineans of their school days. It conjures memories of San Martín, the mayor-governor of Cuyo, who with no economic resources, or soldiers and barely supported by the central government was successful in organizing the region in less than three years. San Martín left Plumerillo marching with 4,000 soldiers and 1500 militias with the crazy idea of crossing the Andes, defeating one of the strongest armies in the planet and setting Perú and Chile free in an enterprise which was unlikely from the beginning.

Who would have considered being part of that quixotic act? Who would have been ready to cope with the hardships and mountain frosts to start such an incredible adventure?

Well, Mendocinos would. The same ones that turned a desert, where it only rains 200 millimeters a year and only 2% of its surface is suitable for cultivation, into one of the most productive provinces of the country.

It is enough to walk along the capital city and watch the streets full of one hundred- year- old plantain trees or get away from the metropolis and see the irrigation ditches where snow runoff  irrigates vines, olives and peaches under a hundred –year- old system of water management, which has been declared a Historic Heritage of Humanity. And thus we understand that the Mendoza province is a magnificent example of the success of men over adversity and natural challenges.

At that uncertain place, far away from the sea and fresh water, which suffers frosts, hail and extreme temperatures, Italian immigrants decided, more than one hundred years ago, with no means or technology, to address the challenge of making wine. Nowadays, their wines receive awards in the most prestigious worldwide contests. Mendoza is one of the world’s wine capitals and well known French, Italian, Spanish and Americans winemakers have settled in its soil setting themselves the goal to make great wines in this unique geography. The road has been long and the achievements many. 

On an autumnal Saturday, bearing those memories in my mind, I took off to San Pablo, a farm at 1,400 meters of altitude. The road along Los Cerrillos would go up and down, and suddenly a panoramic view of the Uco Valley appeared before us. It was a reddish and ocher colored explosion from poplars and vineyards getting ready for the winter. When I woke up the following morning, I found a white landscape typical of the Russian steppe and the snow-covered Andes before me. It was Sunday, surrounded by that immensity and along roads without traces of people; we set off to the Monasterio del Cristo Orante. This is a place where the monks- out of nothing and with nothing- decided to build a prayer site among the mountains and God sent them lonely parishioners that would walk for hours through the mountains to listen to their words. The immensity of the landscape, the silence and the men’s courage impressed me; the sanmartiniana epic can still be sensed in the air.

At noon, we sat at the table with Mendocinos and foreign friends, under the olive trees with branches twisted by the passing of time and in front of the mountains. Three different varieties of olive oil from Maipú, homemade bread baked in the mud oven and empanadas mendocinas (pasties) married with Torrontés or Cabernet were the ideal start. The unmissable Mendocino Parma ham and the smoked wild boar meat from San Rafael did not keep us waiting as I was surprised by the Bonarda de Vistalba chosen to accompany the meal. A trout caught by one of the guests accompanied with local potatoes and an impeccable Chardonnay from Alto Agrelo started the conversation about fishing in Mendoza, about the Laguna del Diamante, the mountain rivers and rafting at Atuel. Then we would listen to the story about a failed climbing of the Aconcagua. Following, rabbit meat from Rivadavia accompanied with carrots and a Viogner from Luján de Cuyo was served while we listened to funny tales told by local winemakers and the inevitable comparisons regarding the wines we were tasting. The Malargue kid with wild rocket accompanied by a Malbec from Vistaflores brought up the subject about skiing in Las Leñas and Penitentes, as well as, the bicycle rides that were the passion of one of the guests. Conversation flows, so does the wine and the afternoon turned magical. The alcayota with nuts marmalade, the grilled quince and a variety of grapes and dry fruits with rosemary ice cream, accompanied by a fizzy wine or a late harvest Malbec or Chardonnay, completed the meal.

Literature took over the table and a friend, to express his opinion on a subject, recited what Calderon de la Barca once said:
 
- What is life? A frenzy
- What is life? An illusion, a shade, a fiction, and the greatest good is little, and the dreams are dreams.

At that point, it did not surprise me that Italians had decided to stay in Mendoza, and that the French who were with us spent long periods there.

Nobody wants to leave and the sunset finds us still sitting at the table. Silently, I said to myself. I am staying. And that was the way it was.

And I do not regret it.
 

Recipes: 

Chanfaina

Like many of the delicious stews that are made in the country, chanfaina is a preparation made with lamb or goat offal.

Ingredients (4 servings):

1 kg. lamb or goat offal 
4 tbsp. refined grease
2 onions
2 cups broth
1 red pepper
1 tsp. powdered chili pepper
1 tsp. oregano
½ tbp. cumin
2 tbsp. sultanas
4 tbsp. chopped walnuts
300 tbsp. coarse salt

Preparation:

On a platter, cover the giblets with coarse salt, and let them stand overnight at a cold temperature. The next day, wash the giblets and boil in hot water about 30 min. Drain and dry. Set aside.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt grease and saute the onions and chopped peppers. Incorporate the giblets with the broth, and cook until reduced. Add raisins, nuts, cumin, and red pepper. Cook 3 min. Remove and sprinkle with oregano. Serve.

Dulce de Zapallo (Sweet of Pumpkin)

It is a tradition to use the fruits of the region such as pumpkin and quince to make delicious sweets.

Ingredients:

1 kg. pumpkin
750 gr. sugar
1 vanilla pod

Peel the pumpkin with a sharp-bladed knife, remove seeds and cut into cubes. Cook pumpkin cubes with cloves in a tall pot with water for 40 min. Remove, take out the cloves, place in a bowl and refrigerate. 

The next day, take the cubes to the pot, add sugar and an equal part of water, the vanilla pod, and simmer until the cubes soften. Add water if necessary. Having softened the pumpkin, remove from the fire, then crush cubes to form the sweet. Save the sweet in an airtight container and keep cool.

Tomaticán

This is a traditional dish from the region of Cuyo. It is easy to prepare and supports variants such as the use of egg or beef.

Ingredients (4 servings):

500 gr. ripe tomatoes
500 gr. onions
½ cup corn kernels
1 clove of garlic
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. salt
½ tbp. oregano

Preparation:

Place a skillet over medium heat. Add oil with cut onions and brown. Add the peeled tomatoes without seeds cut into small cubes. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring, and add the corn kernels.  Season with salt. Remove and sprinkle with oregano.
 

Virgo Hotel & Spa

Localities: 
Malargüe, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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The hotel is outstanding for its design, diversity of services and an excellent location at the bottom of the cerro and only meters from the ski slopes.
The rooms are small but functional.
The hotel features a panoramic restaurant that offers excellent international food and also a bar called Wine Bar & Cava, a Sushi Bar which is the only one in the valley and an Open Bar that is open 24 hours.
During the day, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Cerro from the terrace just 15 m from silla de Vesta , or from the heated swimming pool. You can enjoy the landscape from the outdoor
hydrotherapies tubs located at the deck.
During the summer, there are plenty of activities available to enjoy with friends and family: horse riding expeditions, trekking, rafting, rappel, bicycles, tirolesa and group night walks.
During the low season, the fees are really affordable under an all inclusive system.
The hotel also features a nursery school and Baby Sitter service.

Address: 

Valle de las Leñas s/n

Phone: 
+54 (2627) 472018
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Classification
Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Spa
You can ski
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Sheraton Mendoza Hotel

Localities: 
Mendoza, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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The hotel is located steps away from San Martín Avenue.
Sheraton hotel offers an atmosphere of elegance, refinement and comfort combined with top quality services.
All the rooms are spacious, modern and comfortable, with stunning views of the city.
El Mirador is located on the 17th floor and is the highest restaurant in Mendoza offering 360 grades view of the city center and The Andes.
The service provided is personalized and friendly.
The hotel is open all year long.

Address: 

Primitivo de la Reta 989

Phone: 
+54 (261) 4415500
Classification
Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Very Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Spa
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Piscis

Localities: 
Malargüe, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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The hotel is located in Las Leñas at the highest point of the valley and 150 meters from the ski slope; offering the most impressive view of the whole complex.
The hotel features two restaurants: Cuatro Estaciones which offers dinners that combine gourmet dishes and local ingredients in a comfortable, smart and formal atmosphere and II Legno offers quick lunches in a casual and friendly environment.
There are also two bars and a complete range of gastronomic services which include wine bar and piscis.
The children find their own space at the Kid’s Club and Baby Club with didactic games, movies and entertainment being under specialized supervision at all times.
A heated swimming pool completes the Health Club.
The hotel is open from December to March and from June to September.

Address: 

Valle de las Leñas s/n

Phone: 
+54 (2627) 471100
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Facilities: 
You can ski
Fishing
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Park Hyatt Mendoza

Localities: 
Mendoza, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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The hotel is located opposite Plaza Independencia and preserves a restored Colonial Spanish façade from the 19th century while its interior perfectly combines style and sophistication displaying minimalist and impeccable decoration.
The big and bright rooms display contemporary decoration, tidy and simple, and are fully equipped with big marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers.
All the rooms overlook the interior courtyard or The Andes.
The outstanding restaurant, Bistro M, with open terraces and view of the park, offers French and Mendocina food. It features a central wood fired oven and a cellar with more than 2,500 varieties of wines where you can enjoy nice wine tasting.
The service is friendly and professional.
The hotel is open all year long.

Address: 

Chile 1124

Phone: 
+54 (261) 4411234 / +54 (261) 4411235
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Classification
Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Exceptional
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Spa
Pets allowed
Accessible
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Intercontinental

Localities: 
Mendoza, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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Description: 

The hotel is located in Guyamallén, just 10 minutes away from downtown; next to a Convention Center and the casino and close to Mendoza Plaza, a new Shopping Mall.
The facilities of the modern hotel offer all kind of comforts.
The hotel features a structure made up of large windows creating a nice and bright atmosphere.
The rooms are big and spacious with stunning views of the city and The Andes.
The hotel features two restaurants and a bar, a fully equipped gym with sauna and a beauty salon.
The professional and kind service provided by the staff is an outstanding feature of this hotel.
Intercontinental is open all year long.

Address: 

Pérez Cuesta 5521

Phone: 
+54 (261) 5218800 / 0 800 444 00 02
Classification
Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Exceptional
Facilities: 
Spa
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Finca Adalgisa

Localities: 
Chacras de Coria, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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Description: 

The hotel is located in Chacras de Coria, an area known by its unique microclimate, lots of shops and restaurants from which to choose and very close to some tourist attractions such as Alta Montaña,
Caminos del Vino, Termas de Cacheuta, Dique Potrerillos and the Fader Museum.
Finca Adalgisia is a country hotel in a typical Mendocina , smart and cozy house from the beginning of the 20th century. It features a big garden surrounded by plants and flowers and a nice little swimming
pool which matches the beauty displayed by The Andes.
The farm offers three different places where you can stay: The Casa Vieja (old house), which maintains the style of the past, the Casa de Piedra (stone house) which is outstanding for its big rooms facing the typical Mendocina gallery, with wood burning fireplaces and a stunning view of the vineyards.
The Casa Nueva (new house) offers big, cozy and nicely decorated rooms and an excellent breakfast.
Every night before dinner, the hotel delights its guests with a nice wine tasting accompanied by cold meat appetizers and cheese.
The cooking classes, featuring regional and gourmet food, are a must.
The staff is friendly and kind and its owner Gabriela shares her house with the guests.
The hotel is open all year long.

Address: 

Pueyrredón 2222

Phone: 
+54 (261) 496 0713
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
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Executive Hotel Park Suites

Localities: 
Mendoza, Mendoza
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Cuyo
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The hotel is located in a residential area, opposite Plaza Italia and a few blocks away from the main commercial and tourist centers.
Luxury environments, design details and comfort are part of the decoration displayed in this unique hotel.
The rooms are big and well equipped.
The hotel features facilities equipped and designed to provide premium services to business travelers.
Las Bodegas Restaurant combines national and international gourmet food with personal touches.
The service is professional.
The hotel is open all year long.

Address: 

San Lorenzo 660

Phone: 
+54 (261) 5245000 / +54 (261) 5245007
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
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