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All of the best food experiences in Mendoza involve wine, which should come as no surprise. Since the standard of wine is so high, the culinary offerings naturally have to match it. And they certainly do, because there is no shortage of excellent restaurants or gastronomic offerings here.
One of the top food experiences involves visiting one of the restaurants belonging to internationally renowned, iconoclast chef Francis Mallmann. His restaurants are revered for their simple but excellent regional dishes, particularly meats, cooked to perfection, Mallmann’s trademark. The settings for his restaurants also are spectacular and one-of-a-kind, such the Spanish-colonial-style estate where Mallmann’s first Mendoza restaurant, 1884, operates. His newest culinary venture is Siete Fuegos at the Vines Resort & Spa.
Go ahead and block off half the day to spend time dining on a multi-course lunch with wine pairings at a bodega. Most of the large and high-end vineyards serve indulgent lunches. Where you’ll want to go is entirely based on which region of Mendoza you’d like to explore or which wineries top your list.
Ituzaingo Resto is a closed-door restaurant that operates just that way: behind closed doors in the chef’s home. The experience is singular, as it’s more of a chef’s table dinner than anything else. Reservations are necessary.
Azafran is one of Mendoza’s most popular and esteemed restaurants and is located in the city proper. What makes Azafran special is its focus on sourcing and working with local produce, and dishes that are inspired by Mendoza’s many sublime varietals.
Siete Cocinas serves up something particularly special, and that’s a veritable culinary tour of Argentina from the north to Patagonia. This is one of the most sought-after reservations in town.