Tarquino — Buenos Aires (10/2012)



When my hotel confirmed my requested reservation for aramburu, they sent me a list of other restaurant recommendations.  I looked over the list and found another new restaurant to try that seemed interesting called Tarquino.  It was within walking distance from the hotel, so I asked the hotel to make a reservation for me.  When I arrived at the restaurant’s address, I wasn’t sure I was in the right place.  There was no sign with the name on it.  There was also no indication of a restaurant there.  There was just a placard in a window with a stylized T on it.  Soon, a man came over and I asked him about the restaurant.  He went up to the door and turned a key to let me in.  Once inside, I was still unclear on where to go, so I just kept walking down a white marble corridor.  I made a turn and finally saw the entrance to a dark, wood-paneled room.  This was the bar/lounge area for the restaurant. 

The restaurant section is quite interesting.  It looks like it was a walled courtyard extending behind the building.  It is covered with a steel-and-glass roof, with a large tree growing through that roof.

The restaurant has an a la carte menu.  In fine print, it also says one can do a 7-course tasting menu.  As the menu looked interesting enough, I decided to go with the tasting menu.  In our discussion about allergies and preferences, it sounded like they would pull selected dishes from the menu to serve (which is exactly what happened).

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aramburu — Buenos Aires (10/2012)



When I traveled to Buenos Aires last year, I only heard about this restaurant just before leaving.  My hotel tried to make a reservation, but to no avail.  This time, I gave them plenty of advance notice, and was able to secure a slot without a problem The website is entirely in Spanish, so I did not have an easy way to make the reservation myself online.

The restaurant is located in an older, non-tourist area of Buenos Aires.  It is a small restaurant, with the outside painted very colorfully.  It you weren’t looking for it, you might even miss it.  The food is local cuisine using modern (i.e., some molecular cuisine techniques). As is the case in Buenos Aires, dining is later in the evening (by US standards).  They open at 9:00 pm and I was almost the first person in the door.  Despite the website, several of the service staff spoke English.

There is no menu as it is a set tasting menu.  They did ask about allergies and strong preferences.  I opted out of any beef, but said I was totally open to anything else.  They said I could sit anywhere, including at a bar table right in front of the huge kitchen window (which is what I took). I saw them use the window to check on the status of diners so they know how to time the next dish to serve.

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