We had the great pleasure of enjoying excellent food and wine for a most reasonable price tonight. The place was La Macarena in La Angostura, Argentina. The wine we had was a Luigi Bosca Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, and is shown in the picture. Most people in Argentina drink red wine, and Malbec is the perennial favorite. It's not easy to find Sauvignon Blanc, and it's especially difficult to find a good one like this. The waiter warned us that it was expensive (90 pesos is definitely at the high end of most restaurant wine lists), but at $24 it could compete with just about anything you can find in the U.S.
We loved our trout last night at La Porfiada, so we decided to try it again at La Macarena. We split the trout, and that ended up being the perfect size, but the fish was just about perfect in its own right. That says a lot, because my standard of excellence for fish is Mama's Fish House in Maui. We went there last summer for lunch (I would definitely recommend having lunch there rather than dinner, since the prices are cheaper and the view of the beach during the day is so much better than at night), and it was then that we concluded that there is nowhere on the planet that we are aware of that is better for fish, environment, service, and general all-around beauty. The trout tonight was right up there with the best of Mama's.
As an appetizer we had the crunchy polenta with mushrooms and onions, and a green salad. That reminds me that you won't find ranch, thousand island, italian or french dressing in Argentina, but you will find your own special blend of oils, vinegars, and/or lemon juice (i.e., you make your own dressing using those ingredients). My wife likes olive oil and lemon juice, and we were presented with fresh squeezed lemon juice in a handy little pitcher.
For dessert we shared the Apple Tart. This was a combination apple tart, apple pie, apple crumble and apple heaven. The secret was in the very light crust, the ultra light crumble, and most especially in the thin slices of grapefruit and orange interspersed with the apple. The ice cream that accompanied this delight was a wonderful blend of vanilla bean and some kind of spice.
We had one bottle of wine tonight but couldn't resist asking for another two glasses to accompany the dessert. The total bill, including tip: about $80.