Aldo’s

Palermo, San Telmo

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 70%
  • Service 75%
  • Food 80%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Value 75%

Details for Location Reviewed
Aldo’s

Locale: Palermo, San Telmo
Address: Moreno 372
Telephone: +54 11 4334-2380
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$
Menu items offered: Braised Meat Dishes, Charcuterie, Cheesecake, Chocolate Cake, Coffee, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Ice Cream, Oysters (on the half-shell), Pasta, Rice - Risotto, Roasted Meat Dishes, Salads, Seafood, Soups, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours: Sun: 12pm to 12am Sat: 7pm to 1am & Fri: 12pm to 1pm Mon-Thu: 12pm to 12am
Summary of Review

Aldo’s offers a dated décor and an atypical location for a restaurant serving haute cuisine, but food and service were a pleasant surprise. One of a handful of restaurants in San Telmo warranting a visit.

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The full review for Aldo’s

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 3.8 stars
Review Date: 03/11/2017

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There aren’t many restaurants in the dirty little barrio of San Telmo that can lay claim to be an upscale restaurant serving gourmet cuisine. Aldo’s makes an attempt, albeit a half-baked one. The first clue that Aldo’s will fall short of the mark, other than its location, is the décor. It’s sort of a cheesy attempt at 1980’s elegant. Red ceilings and accents are eerily reminiscent of the “Valentine’s Day gone awry” décor we experienced at Dulce Patria in Mexico City recently. Red glass vases? Really?

And we highly doubt whether you’d see a red neon sign in the window at Guy Savoy in Paris. Or in Chila in Buenos Aires for that matter. And could there be anything less upscale than that unpolished brass pipe topped by a lamp with a dirty red lampshade coming up out of the center of the table? Well perhaps that dishcloth doubling as a napkin could compete.

Service was acceptable. Perhaps a little better than acceptable.

A bowl of bread and some seasoned butter were offered up as a peace offering for the frightening décor. The bread was good. Fresh. The butter a pleasant change from the poorly seasoned cream cheese dips they typically serve with the bread in restaurants in this city.

First up was an appetizer of fish croquets. I’ve had fish croquets on many occasions in this city and they are typically stuffed with some filling resembling baby food. But these were not like. They were round and the filling had a flaky texture. Yes, they were a bit bland. But that spicy little sauce that was painted all over the plate managed to compensate for that.

For the main course, I had the mushroom and crispy kale risotto. I figured if anyone could prepare a decent Italian risotto it would be a guy named Aldo. The texture was a just-miss. Better than the majority of the risottos I’ve been served in Buenos Aires but still a tad on the al dente side. The flavors were superb. The crispy kale added texture. The parmesan cheese actually had the look and feel of the real thing (which, of course, it wasn’t). Despite the fact that the rice was slightly undercooked, the dish was a success overall.

When in Rome do as the Romans do. Order a tiramisu. And I did. But this one wasn’t your typical square layered creation. It was a dome of chocolate with a tiramisu like filling, all sitting on a light dulce de leche sauce. In the name of good journalism, I finished it off and took notes.

Despite a questionable location in a barrio that’s better suited to backpackers and Bohemians than to fine dining, and décor that’s a throwback to the 80’s, the food and service were on the mark. Unfortunately, the prices were at the high-end of what we typically see at nice restaurants in Buenos Aires, which leaves me wondering, “Why would I pay US $37 (600 ARS) for a meal when the same thing would buy me a much more pleasant experience at any number of restaurants in Retiro, Recoleta or Palermo? Unless of course I lived in the apartment above the tattoo shop next door.

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