Bice - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero

  • Ambience 85%
  • Service 85%
  • Food 80%
  • Creativity 75%
  • Value 75%

Restaurant Details
Restaurant Details
Bice - Buenos Aires
Locale: Buenos Aires, Puerto Madero
Address: Av Alicia Moreau de Justo 192
Telephone: +54 11 4315-6216
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: - Regional Cuisines -, European Cuisine, Italian
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Carpaccios - Tartares, Coffee, Desserts, Espresso, Grilled Steaks, Pasta, Rice - Risotto, Salads, Seafood, Soups
Hours:
Mon-Thu & Sun: 12pm to 4pm & 7:30pm to 1am, Fri-Sat: 12pm to 4pm & 7:30 to 2am,


Review Summary
Bice is serving up classic Italian dishes that unfortunately lack much originality or creativity. The indoor dining room is a bit too austere for my liking, I prefer dining on the terraza, overlooking the Puerto Madero boardwalk.

The full review for Bice - Buenos Aires

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 3.5 stars Review Date: 04/20/2015

Bice, located in the long strip of restaurants lining the Puerto Madero boardwalk, is a high-end Italian restaurant. We had lunch during Food Week at Bice. The décor is nice and somewhat elegant but there is nothing really special about the place.

We chose to sit on the back terrace where we could see passersby on the boardwalk. We were offered a small plastic cup of the complimentary pre-dinner drink. Nothing near as pleasing as the full cocktails we had received at the majority of the other restaurants participating in the Food Week event. There was an assortment of breads brought to the table but no butter or spread accompanying the bread. Not even a bottle or ramekin of.olive oil.

Within a few minutes we also received a complimentary sampling of little pizza bites. For the appetizer my friends and I ordered the Vitello tonnato (thin slices of cooked veal covered in a tuna flavored creamy mayonnaise-type sauce) and a tossed salad. The veal appetizer was very good but the salad was both boring and lacked any ingredients to elevate the dish. The small kernels of corn in the salad were tough ... almost inedible. This dish was average at best. For the main course, my two companions and I each had a different dish.

One had a ricotta and spinach ravioli with a pomodoro sauce. This was everyone’s least favorite of the three dishes. The sauce tasted a bit of that metallic taste that comes from using canned tomatoes. The other two dishes, however, were much better. Although the chicken in the chicken cacciatore was just barely overcooked, the sauce was rich and complex. The third dish was gnocchi Bolognese. The sauce in this dish was also quite good. Overall a descent showing on two of the three dishes. For the dessert course we tried the Tiramisu and profiterole with vanilla and chocolate ice cream bathed in a chocolate and white chocolate syrup.

Both were good but this rendition of the classic Italian dessert was one of the best I’ve tasted. The cake used in the dessert was spongier than typical allowing it to soak up more of the coffee flavor. The creamy mascarpone topping and the light cocoa dusting on top created a delicious contrast. Service was above average but not up to standard of a few restaurants we’ve seen lately.

There were some technical errors in the service but to his credit, the waiter was friendly and informative and we were not kept waiting for any of the courses.


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