La Pecora Nera

Recoleta . Buenos Aires


Overall Rating

  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 90%
  • Food (Execution) 80%
  • Creativity 80%
  • Value 80%

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Restaurant Details
La Pecora Nera

Locale: Recoleta
Address: Ayacucho 1785

Telephone: +54 11 4804 2000
Restaurant Type: Formal Dining
Cuisine: French, Gourmet Cuisine, Italian
Price: $$$$
Hours: Sun-Fri 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm & 7:30 pm to 12 am[/types] Sat 7:30 pm to 12 am[/types] [/types]

Summary of Review
Small formal, restaurant. Elegant decor. More French than Italian despite the name. Superb execution and service. One the best formal dining options in Buenos Aires.

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Restaurant Review for La Pecora Nera

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Rating: 4.1 stars
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I don’t review a lot of Italian restaurants. I have one of those glass platform bathroom scales and don’t want it to shatter under my excessive weight so I avoid pasta-laden menus. I allow sites with phrases like “cucina-nonna-mia” to do those critiques. But La Pecora Nera is not that type of menu. In fact, despite the Italian name (meaning “The Black Sheep” in English, “La Oveja Negra” in Spanish) and a variety of available pasta dishes, the main course items are really more French than Italian. For example, the Filetto di Vitello alla Rossini, served with wine-poached apple slices, is a lamb version of the French classic “Tournedos a la Rossini”.

Well … not really. I note that there is a photo of this dish on the website which you see here that is something very different than what I was served and what was described in the menu. La Pecora Nera Filete ala RossiniAt one time they apparently prepared this dish topped with goose liver (foie gras) in the classic manner (“a la Rossini”). Perhaps due to the excessive cost of foie gras the recipe has been modified but the name has not been changed. The current version, that I ordered on the evening I visited La Pecora Nera, is a tenderloin of lamb, wrapped in cheese and ham (rather than topped with goose liver).

The lamb was cooked to perfection and the accompanying poached apples were the most delicious version of the French classic (usually prepared with pears) I’ve encountered. The cheese in which the lamb loin was wrapped (indicated to be Gruyere on the menu) actually had the smokey taste of an aged Asiago. Whatever it was, it was delicious. My only minor objection is that the ham used to wrap the loin was too lean for this type of application. It would have been better wrapped in a cut of pork with more fat such as a pancetta or bacon, rather than the leaner ham used in this preparation. The main course was such a pleasure I just had to have the Tiramisu off the lengthy dessert menu. This was an interesting deconstructed version of the Italian classic. One element of the dessert was the marscapone custard. In this version the Chef put little crumbles of the “lady fingers” in the custard rather than layering the cakes in the dessert. The coffee flavor comes primarily from the accompanying coffee sorbet.

This modified version was delicious. We’ll definitely be including it in our upcoming article featuring the top versions of this classic dessert from restaurants in both Buenos Aires and Santiago. Although the food was delicious and well-executed, what makes La Pecora Nera shine as a restaurant are the other little elements that make dining there a special occasion. I carefully watched the waiters. They offered the most impeccable service I have seen in any restaurant in South America.

Within a couple of minutes of two different tables exiting the restaurant the waiters had cleared the table and totally reset it. When I say “a couple of minutes” I mean literally, they did it within 2 minutes. The table linens were of the highest quality. The decor elegant. Everything contributed to a very luxurious feel to the entire dining experience. For all this attention to detail you’d think La Pecora Nera would be emptying your pocketbook. But the menu is priced reasonably and they offered a 10% discount for paying the bill in cash on the evening I dined there. In my final assessment La Pecora Nera earned high marks across the board, putting it in the elite class of the top 10 restaurants in Buenos Aires.

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