While I've enjoyed dining at the Andes Hotel in the past, my last two visits have been major disappointments. The Easter brunch was unimpressive with lukewarm food that was barely acceptable. Most recently I was part of a party of six. The appetizers were oaky with the smoked trout platter enjoyable but the popcorn chicken dry and too dark. The stout marinated flank steak was as tough as an old shoe and the root vegetables were mushy and flavorless. The veal ragout was a better choice but far from exceptional. The wine was good as was the ice cream but not much skill is required to uncork a bottle or scoop out some ice cream. The usually reliable flourless chocolate cake was dry and stale. The service was okay though not especially attentive. I do note that there was some sort of dinner going on in the next room but based on this experience I will not be coming back any time soon.
The restaurant business is competitive although there aren't too many fine dining establishments in that area. Luckily, there is the promise of an alternative as Two Old Tarts is supposed to open later this month. I hope my past two visits were aberrations. If not, I will take my business and my guests, elsewhere.
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