Uco

Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood

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Overall Rating

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  • Service 85%
  • Food 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 80%

Details for Location Reviewed
Uco

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood
Address: Soler 5862
Telephone: +54 11 3220-6820
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Eclectic Gourmet
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$$
Menu items offered: Apple Pie, Braised Meat Dishes, Ceviche - Aquachile, Charcuterie, Cheesecake, Crème brûlée, Grilled Steaks, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, Molten Chocolate Lava Cake, Paté, Rice - Risotto, Roasted Meat Dishes, Salads, Sandwiches, Seafood, Smoked Meat Dishes, Soups, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Hours: Mon-Sun: 7:30am to 11am & 12:30pm to 11pm
Summary of Review

Uco. A clean, sleek décor, a friendly and efficient staff of waiters, and an interesting and unique menu, perfectly executed, arguably make UCO the best upscale casual dining choice in Palermo Hollywood.

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Restaurant Review for Uco

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.3 stars
Review Date: 03/09/2017
UCO is a wine-growing region in Argentina, close to Mendoza. It’s also the name of the restaurant at boutique hotel, Fierro, in Palermo Hollywood.

The dining room of the restaurant connects the small hotel lobby to the rear garden. Restaurant seating is available both indoors and out in the garden, weather permitting.

Service is laid back, but competent, with young, energetic waiters and waitresses, nicely dressed in black.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. Breakfast is a multi-course affair. A bit of everything is thrown you way. Fresh-squeezed juice and your choice of high-quality coffee or tea served with a small portion of yogurt, seasonal fruit and granola, and an assortment of homemade breads.

You can then have your choice of one of the following: a full Irish breakfast with sausage, black pudding, beans, eggs and bacon, a plate of eggs cooked the way you want them, pancakes or a large fruit plate.

Of course, I took the high-road to Ireland. Everything was homemade and delicious.

On another day I tried the prix fixe lunch. A choice of an appetizer, main course dish and dessert, with a beverage and coffee. That was $450 in early 2017. On the menu in January of 2018, that three-course lunch was about US$25 (ARS$510). That’s pretty reasonable for three courses of gourmet cuisine. Also, they don’t cut the portions for this lunch menu to compensate for the lower mid-day price.

I had the pork roast. It was well-seasoned. Cooked perfectly, with a crisp exterior skin, but moist inside, served on a velvety carrot purée, topped with lightly dressed wild greens and herbs.

The main course was a bacon-wrapped chicken breast. The bacon was crisp, the chicken juicy and flavorful.

I wrapped it all up with a classic carrot cake with cream-cheese icing, accompanied by a lime-flavored ice cream.

Everything was delicious.

In the afternoons, from 3 to 7:45 pm, the restaurant serves a variety of tapas and sandwiches, all gourmet quality.

In the evening you can dine a la carte or partake of the evening tasting menu. Main course dishes were priced between US$20 and $25 (ARS$390 and $490) at the time this review was published in early-2018. The tasting menu features the restaurant’s signature charcuterie platter, everything cured in-house, and six more courses, including the restaurant’s coveted Patagonian lamb dish.

This treasure trove of gourmet dishes is impressive, but perhaps the most popular item on the menu is Irish Chef Edward Holloway’s gourmet burger, featuring a smoked beef patty and an assortment of high quality condiments piled onto a fresh, spongy bun, made in-house. It’s not cheap at US$15 (ARS$275), but it sure is good. As are the polenta fries that accompany that burger.

It’s not unusual to see Chef Holloway making the rounds in the dining room, making sure every guest is receiving the personal attention they deserve.

They actually the post all the menus with prices on their website, which is highly unusual for Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn’t use an online booking system. You can make reservations by email at least a day in advance. For same day reservations you have to call to secure a table But, despite the lack of online reservations, we were impressed enough with the menu being published online that we still gave UCO a good logistics rating.

UCO. A clean, sleek décor, a friendly and efficient staff of waiters, and an interesting and unique menu, perfectly executed, arguably make UCO the best upscale casual dining choice in Palermo Hollywood.

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