Freud & Fahler

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

Restaurant Details
Restaurant Details
Freud & Fahler
Address: Jose Antonio Cabrera 5300
Telephone: +54 11 4771-3652
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Eclectic
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$
Menu items offered:
Mon-Thu: 11:30am to 12am, Fri-Sat: 11:30am to 1am,

Review Summary
Austere, but pleasant ambiance. The menu is a bit pricey for such a casual restaurant. But the prix fixe menu for lunch is reasonably priced and well executed.

The full review for Freud & Fahler

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 3.6 stars Review Date: 07/28/2018

It had been three years since I had dined at Freud & Fahler in Palermo Soho. Not much had changed. Like a fine bottle of Bordeaux wine, it was just sitting there in Palermo Soho aging, becoming a bit more mature, while I visited about 1,000 restaurants and cafes in other parts of the world.

Even the menu was the same as three years ago … except, of course, for the prices. The lunch menu with three courses and wine in May of 2015 was ARS$230. A bit more than three years later in August of 2018, that same meal was ARS$535. The good news for you guys reading this in English, the exchange rate makes earning dollars and paying for that lunch half what it cost me three years ago in terms of US dollars.

But this isn’t a commentary on the benefits of a free and no isolationist economy, it’s a restaurant review. So let’s get on with it.

I find it odd that the menu hadn’t changed in three years. But it’s a lengthy menu, so that if you only go to the restaurant every three years like I do, you won’t have to worry about repeating a meal for about another three decades or so.

On this latest visit, I was there for lunch again, which is value play. You can enjoy a three-course meal with wine for less than half of what that would run you a la carte in the evening.

The restaurant was almost empty, so although the service was good and the waitress was more than friendly and informative, I can’t attest to whether than would be the case with a full house. The last time I was at the restaurant, the service lagged on a few occasions throughout the service.

The execution of the menu was very good. I ordered a the rosti (potato pancake) with the poached egg and greens. Lovely. And the pan grilled whitefish. Perfectly seared on the outside. Moist and flaky on the inside. There was a smoky eggplant puré and pickled veggies accompanying the fish. Good. But not cutting-edge by any means.

The dessert was a slightly tart raspberry compote with a vanilla ice cream. Although this isn’t really what was described in the menu, it was delicious. That compote wasn’t overly sweet, and the tartness was the perfect foil for the simple quenelle of ice cream.

So this outing was very similar to the one before. An admirable performance in the kitchen. A very pleasant waitress. A clean and comfortable ambiance. Nothing that would earn a Michelin star, but still a very enjoyable lunch at a reasonable price.

I note, that the a la carte menu is slightly expensive for such a casual restaurant, with the main-course dishes ranging in price from ARS $420 to $480 (US$11 to $12). The appetizers were more reasonably priced. And that lunch menu is a bargain, although it was priced at the higher end of most of the lunch menus we reviewed. Where the average price was around ARS$350 for a similar meal.

If you abhor pretentious restaurants and are looking primarily for an interesting, well-executed menu, Freud & Fahler fits that description. And at lunch, you can experience that at a price that’s less than half what you’d pay for a meal, a la carte.

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