Casa Cavia

Palermo

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 90%
  • Food 95%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 85%
  • Logistics 100%

Restaurant Details
Casa Cavia
Locale: Palermo
Address: Cavia 2985
Telephone: +54 11 4801-9693
Restaurant Type: Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Braised Meat Dishes, Breads and Pastries, Coffee, Espresso, Ice Cream, Salads, Seafood
Hours:
Sun-Mon: 10am - 7pm, Tue-Sat: 10am - 12am,

Review Summary
Casa Cavia falls squarely within the elite group of the city’s five best upscale dining restaurants. They cover all bases to create a comfortable and memorable dining experience. Magnifique!

The full review for Casa Cavia

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.7 stars Review Date: 10/03/2017

Casa Cavia puts on a play of sorts. None of the actors in the cast of characters or backstage crew are even remotely famous. They just go quietly about making Casa Cavia’s cogs and gears run smoothly, with a minimal amount of squeaking.

Who is that cast of characters? There’s the design architects that set the stage for this play and the librarian that creates the seminars and presentations on culinary topics in the library that doubles as a large dining room for groups and also in the upstairs library of the formidable mansion that houses the restaurant. The in-house florist constructs the restaurant’s flower arrangements and keeps the impressive courtyard looking its best so you can enjoy a cocktail there on a cool spring evening.

Did I say cocktail? Oh. That’s right. There’s a talented staff of bartenders attending to that task. And the barista’s minding duty at the espresso machine. Then there’s the backstage crew. The publicist, the administrative staff and the talented employees that create the menus and the website.

What about the cooks and the waiters? When I saw that the young executive chef had spent her development years at Spain’s famed Mugaritz restaurant, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed with the meal. Spain’s El Bulli may have received the bulk of the press over the past decade, but Mugaritz is the culinary workhorse, churning out young, talented chefs, like Casa Cavia’s Julieta Caruso, faster than Henry Ford churned out automobiles. The two young chefs that developed the cuisine at Lorea, Mexico City’s newest, and arguably best, high-end dining domain, were, just like Casa Cavia’s talented chef, both proteges at Mugaritz.

I visited Casa Cavia recently for lunch, a three-course affair, costing $560 ARS. In July of 2018, with an improving exchange rate, the cost of that three-course meal, with beverage, was less than US $22 (ARS$650).

For the first course, I ordered the Quinoa salad, which was preceded by an amuse bouche, courtesy of the chef. The salad was a medley of wild greens with quinoa, beets, blue cheese and pecans. This was a pleasant beginning to the meal. For the main course, I ordered fish of the day with green beans and almonds, a simple but elegant dish prepared perfectly. The skin of the fish was ever so slightly crisp from searing and the flaky flesh was moist and delicious. My dessert was white chocolate. A morph between ice cream and a mousse, accompanied by small slices of grapefruit and pretty, edible flowers. Presentation and plating of the meal was as impressive as the execution.

Service from the young waitress was near-flawless. She was friendly and informative. Timing for delivery of each course was uninterrupted. There were no excessive waits between courses and at the same time, the courses were not rushed. All went smoothly, as it should.

The understated elegance of the décor and ambience, the simple but well executed menu, and the efficient service were just what you’d expect from a world-class restaurant.

The menu, with prices, is posted on the website and is kept updated. You can make reservations from the restaurant’s website or from the Restorando.com website. The restaurant website is one of the best and most informative websites we’ve seen in Latin America. Scroll to the bottom of the main page to change languages on the website. It’s available in both Spanish and English. This is the most professionally run restaurant in Latin America. As a result, it has received a 100% (5 stars) rating in our Logistics category for upscale dining. Congratulations, Casa Cavia.

We also like the fact that you have the choice of ordering a la carte, even when they are offering a prix fixe lunch menu or a tasting menu.

All this adds up to Casa Cavia falling squarely into the elite group of the five best upscale restaurants in Buenos Aires.


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