El Casco Art Hotel

Localities: 
San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Patagonia
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Description: 

The restaurant offers a seasonal menu designed by Fernando Trocca. The residing Chef, Ana Arias, is known for using products from the Patagonia and for dishes prepared on site; the highlights of the restaurant are the risottos, the salmon and the trout, along with a great variety of meat, where the cuts of beef and wild boar are particularly noteworthy.

The wine cellar houses 400 national and international labels. It also has one of the best wine-bars in the country, especially designed for wine-tasting.

The facility is decorated with works of art from the most popular Argentine artists, and has a capacity for 70 guests. This culinary experience is surrounded by a unique setting: a view of the Nahuel Huapi Lake and National Park, embellished with majestic sculptures.

The popular teas and the cocktail bar are also worth mentioning, with a variety of over 40 beverages, inspired by different painters. The drink menu was created by the bartender, Tato Giovannoni.

The Casco Art Hotel is only 15 minutes from the city’s downtown and from Llao-Llao Peninsula. Open year round, from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Address: 

Av. Bustillo km. 11,500

Phone: 
+54 (294) 446 3131
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Exceptional
Facilities: 
Accessible
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Wesley House

Localities: 
San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Patagonia
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The hotel is in the city center, near Lácar Lake and next to the mountains.
This is a big and gorgeous family house that was refurbished preserving its original characteristics but with details of modernism and comfort.
The house features five rooms decorated in different styles.
The breakfast is outstanding for its apple pies, scones and homemade bread.
The service is excellent and personalized.
Wesley House is open all year long.

Address: 

Gabriel Obeid 911

Phone: 
+54 (2972) 427875
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Facilities: 
Accessible
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Sieteflores Hostería de Montaña

Localities: 
San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Patagonia
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The hostería is located 4 km (2.5 miles) from the city center in the middle of the woods; a smart mountain shelter with panoramic views to Chapelco Valley.
Sieteflores features seven comfortable and nicely decorated rooms.
The food is excellent and the service is friendly.
The hostería is closed in May, October and November.

Address: 

Callejón de Gin Gins y Callejón de Bello

Phone: 
+54 (2972) 411126 / +54 (11) 15 5001 3513
Classification
Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Accessible
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Río Hermoso Hotel de Montaña

Localities: 
San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Patagonia
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Description: 

The hotel is located at 25 km (16 miles) from the city at Lanín National Park.
This hotel is the ideal spot for guests looking for peace and privacy in a nice and well decorated atmosphere. The rooms are spacious with magnificent vistas from their large windows and well equipped bathrooms.
At the Open Bar you can enjoy wine and appetizers; the restaurant offers top level Patagonian style food prepared with local ingredients and a menu that is regularly renewed.
The restaurant and the Tea House are open to the public only with a prior booking.
The service is personalized and thoughtful.
Río Hermoso Hotel is closed in May.

Address: 

Ruta 63 km. 67

Phone: 
+54 (2972) 410485
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Exceptional
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Fishing
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The Paradise Pub

Localities: 
Península Valdes, Chubut
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Patagonia
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Description: 

The restaurant offers the most delicious and varied dishes prepared with fresh local ingredients including seafood, fish, pasta, lamb and natural dishes accompanied by a wide selection of wines.
The restaurant is open all day.

Address: 

2da. bajada al mar, Puerto Pirámides

Phone: 
+54 (2965) 495030
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El Refugio

Localities: 
Península Valdes, Chubut
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Patagonia
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Description: 

The restaurant is located on the main street of Puerto Pirámides. The little restaurant is an authentic relic where the local’s mix with the passing tourists.
“El Refugio” features the informality of a waiter in a very cheerful mood and a relaxed atmosphere that may betray a portion of excellent local seafood served.
The owners, Laura Navarra and Roberto “Kako” Pardinas together find the way to create a cozy environment that provides the best service.
It is recommended to make a reservation.

Address: 

Av. de las Ballenas, Puerto Pirámides

Phone: 
+54 (2965) 495031
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Regional plates - Patagonia

Region: 
Patagonia
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Patagonian Food

Dr. Ignacio Gutiérrez Zaldívar

Patagonia and Tango are the two iconic symbols of our beloved Argentina. A virginal and ecologically preserved land inhabited by people who are a melting pot of different cultures and races, as is our Argentine population.

Our Patagonia begins south of the Rio Colorado, a vast area whose surface is larger than most of the countries in the world.

There are mountain areas and green valleys such as Alto Valle. Some species, such as lambs and trout have managed to find their perfect habitat in this region.

The lamb is served young, under one year old, and the lechal is only some weeks old and achieves a particular flavor in Patagonia.

The red deer was introduced in 1904 in La Pampa province and today there are large quantities of them throughout the Patagonian region.

The trout has a special flavor and is smaller than in most countries; it was introduced for sport fly fishing and today is one of the most delicious dishes.

The rosa mosqueta is a local fruit that is the result of the development of the wild rose plant and has been used to make marmalades and infusions for more than a century. Chocolate has unique features and is the most desired local product. The wild boar was also introduced by European immigrants and is one of the delights of Patagonian food. The guanaco and rhea (ñandú) are the stars of the New Patagonian Food together with wild edible flowers that surprise with new flavors.

The Patagonian seafood is of superior quality and perhaps the black hake is the best delight for fish lovers. It is very simply prepared with pine or cypress mushrooms sauce (morillas) and sautéed with butter and green onions or almonds and lemon with black butter or herbs sauce.

In Gnaiman, Chubut there is a Welsh colony that makes the most amazing tortas negras (small cakes covered with black sugar).

The quality of the wines is excellent due to the region’s low temperatures. The most outstanding labels are those produced in San Francisco del Cheñar Valley located in the Neuquén province. The aromatic and seductive white Sauvignon, the extraordinary Pinot Noir and the classic Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. In Bariloche, there are brewers of different beers of original tastes.

The Beagle Channel’s low temperatures give the fish their special flavor. The crab is wonderful and the Antarctic vieyra is caught in nets and processed right on the fishing boats. The prawns are unforgettable and as nice as the sound of a Piazzola tango. The salmon is one of the best in the world!

Sweets must not be left aside since they are local and a wonderful product - the raspberries above all. Do not forget to order cheese and smoked meats which are served on big wooden boards.

That person who wishes to return to Patagonia should carry the memory of the Calafate liquor, the Welsh pies, the stuffed trout, the grilled lamb simply prepared with no added ingredient, or al Oporto, the small octopus from San Antonio prepared al cognac, the Mapuche curanto and the Cassis sauce.

There are a dozen international restaurants that would deserve a thousand stars but it is not the way it works in the region.

If Paradise exists, it is in the Patagonia for sure. Ignacio Gutierrez Zaldivar.

Recipes: 

Centolla Fueguina a la Parmesana (Tierra del Fuego Crab with Parmesan Cheese)

While the best way to eat this crustacean is plain or with little salt and lemon, it also supports other preparations as shown here.

Ingredients:

500 gr. fresh crab meat
200 gr. grated Parmesan cheese
3 tbsp. milk cream
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Add salt and pepper to crab meat and distribute evenly in a baking dish.

Cover with the Parmesan cheese and cream. Bake and broil. Remove from the oven and serve.

Cordero a la Parrilla (Grilled Lamb)

The lands of Patagonia offer an excellent setting for breeding sheep. The extensive landscape with few natural pastures forces the animals to walk long distances to eat, making them lean and tasty.

Ingredients (14 servings):

½ small Patagonian lamb
2 glasses of white wine
1 sprig of rosemary
3 cloves of garlic
1 tsp. powdered chili pepper
5 tbsp. coarse salt

Preparation:

Mix the ingredients (mashed garlic, not diced) to make a dressing. Marinate the lamb for approximately 3 hours in dressing.

Prepare a good amount of embers from wood. Clean the grill and make sure that it is at a sufficient distance from the heat source, as cooking the lamb is a slow and long process.

Support the lamb on the bone side, lower the grill 10 min., and maintain it close to fire in order to mark it. Then, move the grill back up. Roast for 4 hours on low heat and brush regularly with dressing.

Trucha en Papillote (Trout in Papillote)

These salmonids are well known in the southern lands. Even in Rio Grande, examples exist that comfortably exceed 10 kg. Moreover, they are the ultimate trophy for foreign fishermen.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

4 medium gutted trout cut in half
4 sheets tin foil
2 ripe tomatoes
1 tsp. lemon zest
1 tbsp. white wine
1 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Peel and chop the tomatoes concasé. Add salt and pepper to trout. Glaze with oil and season with lemon zest and white wine. Place the diced tomatoes inside the trout and close.

Place each trout in the middle of tin foil sheets and seal each. Place in a baking dish and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at a moderate temperature. Remove from the oven and serve with the garnish of your choice.

Paihuén Resort de Montaña

Localities: 
San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Patagonia
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The bungalows complex is located 4 km (2.5 miles) from San Martin de los Andes and 15 km (9 miles) from Chapelco Ski Center on the Ruta de los Siete Lagos.
The resort features breathtaking vistas from its bungalows and the excellent “Caleuche” restaurant is an icon of the regional cuisine where you can enjoy a menu including trout, deer, buffalo and guanaco meat. This menu changes depending on the seasonal products available.
The cellar features more than 250 labels of the best Argentine wines.
At the wine bar, you can enjoy smoked meat appetizers, grilled pizzas, fondue, and different varieties of “provoletas” (grilled Provolone cheese).
Paihuen Resort is closed from May to June.

Address: 

RN 234 km. 78

Phone: 
+54 (2972) 428154 / +54 (11) 4326 0328
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Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
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Los Techos Mountain Village

Localities: 
San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Patagonia
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Description: 

The hotel is located in the heart of Cerro Chapelco; is one of the few resorts that allows direct access to skiing.
The bungalows are very comfortable and offer breathtaking views to the lake and hills.
The restaurant has just opened and offers excellent food at the hands of Chef Agustin Branas. The service is personalized.
Los Techos Mountain Village is closed from March 15th to June 10th and from October 1st to December 10th.
 

Address: 

Cerro Chapelco

Phone: 
+54 (2972) 428183 / +54 (11) 4892 0459
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
You can ski
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Las Restingas Hotel de Mar

Localities: 
Península Valdes, Chubut
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Patagonia
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The hotel is located on the beach at a unique location, which enables you to enjoy the most amazing vistas from the rooms.
The restaurant has a spectacular view to the sea and offers breakfasts, lunches, dinners or cocktails indoors or “al fresco” on its wonderful terrace.

Address: 

Rivera y 1º bajada al mar, Puerto Pirámides

Phone: 
+54 (2965) 495101
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
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