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“Excellent Restaurant”

Restaurant Contraluz
Ranked #300 of 5,329 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Retiro
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We were recently four for dinner at Contraluz.

The restaurant is L-shaped, open to the lobby and the bar of the relatively new Alvear Art Hotel. Despite the openness, however, the restaurant feels private; congratulations to the designer, as this is not easy to pull off, I'm sure. The decor is understated, inviting, and elegant, and creates a perfect ambiance for dining. The noise level, unlike so many modern restaurants, is low, so conversation is easy. All-in-all, an A-plus for the space.

The service was on the whole excellent. A warm greeting, a ready wait-staff, everyone available yet unobtrusive, with quick and helpful answers to any questions about the menu, wine or food. They were a little too enthusiastic for my taste about describing the contents of each dish as it was presented, but that seems to be a trend these days so most people must like it.

We were told the menu had just changed a day or so before our dinner, and I gather the menu changes frequently. The menu itself is limited, with only three or four appetizers and one main dish each of beef, lamb, seafood, fowl and pasta, if I recall correctly. Personally, I think it's a great idea to limit the menu and change it often, as it makes the choices easier for the diners, allows the chef to concentrate on each dish, and ensures the wait staff is familiar with each dish and thus better able to answer questions (or describe it as it is presented!). Someone who chooses to dine at Contraluz often will still get a variety of choices over time.

The food itself was imaginative and the presentations were lovely. Everyone found his or her dish interesting and tasty. The one slight question mark was that everything seemed to be cooked just a bit past what was requested. That's something that can be avoided with clearer instructions to the waiter at the time of ordering, so it's not a knock on the food.

Overall, this is an excellent restaurant. It would be perfect for a business lunch or dinner (tables are spaced so as to ensure privacy of conversations), but also would serve well for friends or spouses on special occasions. Certainly, anyone staying in the Alvear Art Hotel should eat in this restaurant. It's not inexpensive, but the value is there.

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

I'll love this place for the ambiance, food, and service! Nice looking place with a good attention.
i'll recomande it for seafoods an meat too. The menu change every once in a while.

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Thank AlexTender
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

The lunch buffet was so good, and different from the mainly parillas that we frequented at night! Also really a good price for the variety and quality. We went twice it was so good, and recommended it to many friends. The restaurant is beautiful (as is the hotel lobby and bar) and the service was great. Good wine list too.

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Thank rmaria
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Reviewed 25 January 2014

I have long been delighted with the Alvear Hotel: the hotel, the bar the buffet and it's exquisite French Restaurant, La Borgogne.

Now, I have had the pleasure of dining in the new, Alvear Art hotel restaurant, CONTRALUZ. And I am pleased to say that this restaurant too, is just excellent. The Alvear Art, with the Contraluz, is located on Suipacha, a pedestrain street in Centro, near the San Martin Parque.

The ambiance is fine - hotel like, but with comfortable tables and chairs with good acoustics for chatting and enough space between tables for some privacy. The waitstaff were efficient, and knowledgeable...not at all stuffy...and quite helpful. They all seemed to speak several languages.

The food was delicious. From the Amuse-Bouche of a salmon mousse tid bit to the breads that were quite unique and tasty. The first courses that we (4 of us) had were langostinos prepared delicately with mango and risotto with various mushrooms and an outstandingly delicious sauce.

There was a good selection of dishes for the main course, but we settled for Duck and Pig...both beautifully presented and perfectly cooked....delicious ! The wine list was good, and the choice our hostess made was perfect ; sorry :( I cannot remember what it was, but trust me, it was excellent.

Only one of us was able to manage desert, and that was a yummy looking Dolce de Leche helado. The after-dinner coffees were offered with an impressive list of teas....

So, IMO, this new Alvear Art hotel restaurant is a winner. We will definitely return, and I can surely recommend the Contraluz .

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Reviewed 28 December 2013

I have been twice for their lunch buffet and it is unbeatable, especially in summer, as all the buffet is served cold. Salmon, seafood salad, pate, the variety of salad, cheese platters, cold meat, everything you want, help yourself, in the most modern and stylish 5 star hotel-restaurant in the city. VERY good value for money!

Thank ceci1967
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