Palermo Soho . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 90%
- Service 80%
- Food (Execution) 70%
- Creativity 80%
- Value 80%
Address: Gorriti 5143
Telephone: +54 11 4831 4979
Restaurant Type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Cuisine: Gourmet Cuisine
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am to 4 pm & 7 pm to 1 pm[/types] Sun Closed[/types] [/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Crizia
Rating: 4.0 stars
Crizia is a modern, minimalist restaurant in Palermo Viejo that also serves fresh, raw, shucked oysters at the oyster bar or at your table. Despite this rather “raw” element, the restaurant is otherwise quite elegant and the menu items clearly within a “nouvelle cuisine” definition. Dimly lit with spotlights from high in the vaulted ceiling providing each table with a delicate flood of light, Crizia just oozes “sexy”.
But the trendy, minimalist ambiance isn’t all there is to Crizia. The food is quite good as well.
On my last visit to Crizia I ordered the grilled prawn appetizer. Delicious. For the main course, a half-rack of lamb, grilled, and served with roasted potatoes and a grilled onion. The the lamb had been cut into individual pieces prior to grilling. They were well seasoned. Two of the four ribs were cooked perfectly, but two were slightly overcooked. This was the only flaw in execution in the entire meal. The onion was sweet an succulent. It was the star of the dish in my opinion.
For dessert I ordered Crizia’s version of the classic Creme Brulee. It was delicious, pretty much done in the traditional way. I would have like to seen an interesting variation … but now I’m getting greedy.
Crizia fared well in all categories. I dinged the restaurant slightly for the minor failure of overcooking a portion of my main dish. The creativity wasn’t quite on par with what I saw at Pura Tierra on the following night. But we’re splitting hairs here. Both restaurants deserve the high marks they both received.