Belgrano . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 70%
- Service 80%
- Food (Execution) 80%
- Creativity 60%
- Value 80%
Address: Olazábal 1767
Telephone: +54 11 4780-1725
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Argentine, Eclectic
Hours: Mon-Thu 8 pm to midnight[/types] Fri-Sat 8pm to 1am[/types] Sun closed[/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Odisea
Rating: 3.7 stars
Odisea, which has been open for quite a few years, occupies an old residence in Belgrano. There are a couple of large dining rooms, a few smaller corridors with tables and a small outdoor terrace with additional seating.
The décor is a bit dated, but tasteful. The restaurant is dimly lit with candlelight on every table. Despite the lacking-décor, the ambiance is still quite pleasant.
The menu won’t win any awards for being progressive either. The menu has all your common pasta dishes and all the customary Argentine beef and fish dishes. Absolutely nothing that is groundbreaking.
To begin the meal, I ordered the sorrentinos in a creamy cheese sauce. A delicious pasta. One of the best I’ve had in Buenos Aires, and the sorrentinos were the perfect ratio of pasta to filling.
Up next? A steak. They offered three sauces for the steaks, a mustard sauce, a pepper sauce and one with blue cheese. That’s straight out of the 1980’s playbook. I suppose they’re still waiting for Diego Maradona to score one more goal before they change the menu.
I was faced with a decision. Which of these steaks, or better stated, which of these sauces would be adorning my steak on this particular evening? I’m a big fan of black pepper and the classic pepper steak, so that’s the direction I headed.
I note that the menu described the steak as a “lomo en croute con tres pimientas”. To have received a steak prepared in this manner would, in fact, have been incredibly unique as I’ve never seen any beef prepared “en croûte“ on any menu in Latin America. It should come as no surprise then, that the steak I received was not wrapped in pastry (“en croûte“). It was a grilled steak. It did, to its credit, have a sauce prepared with black pepper, and the steak was cooked perfectly. It was a big, juicy tenderloin, bathed in a spicy black pepper sauce. It was delicious, as was the accompanying stuffed potato.
The service was also very good and the prices were reasonable. The steak, for example, which included the side dish, was only about US$12 (180 pesos) at the time of our visit in late-2105.
Even though I was not served the steak described in the menu, both courses were executed perfectly. Everything was delicious, quite beyond expectations. If you’re looking for something new or cutting edge, perhaps Odisea is not the best choice. But for perfect execution of the old familiar Argentine classics, this is about as good as it gets.