Zuccardi – Bodega Piedra Infinita

Mendoza – Valle de Uco

In order to get a table in the restaurant, one has to book early, preferably two or three months in advance. We had already made a reservation for the “El Enemigo” at noon the same day and therefore only did the tour and the tasting. I have rarely seen such an impressive bodega. It was only opened in 20016 and is one of six bodegas of Zuccardi wines.
For the construction, natural materials from the surroundings were used, such as stones from the estate area. The cement tanks are built without “epoxy”. Piedra Infinita won the Great Wine Capitals Global Architecture award in 2016 and World’s Best Vineyard Award, for its overall Winery experience.

The tasting was great but again, a lot of wine to drink….If we manage to visit Mendoza again, we would probably also book a table at the restaurant, the meat on the BBQ looked mouthwatering.

https://zuccardiwines.com/en/bodega/

Alfa Crux Bodega

Mendoza – Valle de Uco

On the way from Mendoza city to our hotel Gimenez Riili in valle de Uco we stopped at the Bodega Alfa Crux for our lunch including wine tasting (the restaurant was called O’Fournier, now apparently they have renamed it to Crux Cocina).
A reservation is essential, because the restaurant has only room for about 20 people.
The view of the mountains through the big windows and the pond around the restaurant are stunning. Also the food and of course the wines have impressed us and are still in best memory two months later. A must visit for the region.

www.alfacruxwines.com/es/

Gimenez Riili – Hotel and Bodega

Mendoza Valle de Uco

The hotel and bodega Gimenez Riili is located in the middle of the emerging new wine region “Valle de Uco” near Mendoza. The hotel has only eight rooms but they are already in the process of being extended. The rooms are very nice and modern furnished. The food is excellent and is cooked on an open fire in the middle of the restaurant. You can also try their own wines with the meal.

The hotel is home to people and some animals like guinea pigs, dogs, tarantulas (only one luckily ;-)) and toads that are running around freely. So you should not be afraid of contact with animals.

www.gimenezriili.com/

Don Julio – Simply the best (meat)

Buenos Aires

For me personally this restaurant is one of the best in the world when it comes to meat dishes (Parillada). We have been there on one of our fomer trips to Buenos Aires. If you have never eaten meat in Argentina you might think I am exagerating and that there is good meat everywhere. For me Argentina has the perfect combination of very good quality meat (from the pampa), big charcoal grills, few salt, pieces under 300gr don’t even come on the table and as side dishes just fresh salad of tomatoes, lettuce or carrots and a good bottle of Malbec. What more do you need? Something that might be worth mentioning is the cooking level. The Argentineans tend to like the meat more well done. Therefore you should order your piece “jugoso” (medium/rate). Try also blood sausage (morcilla) or a piece other than the fillet, you will love it.


Well, officially you can reserve tables at Don Julio, but it is always booked out. You better try it at noon or in the evening rather early or very late after 11pm. Even if there are many tourists at this wonderful place it is worth a visit.

www.parrilladonjulio.com/

Patagonia Paradise

Bahia Bustamante – North Patagonia east coast

This hotel and restaurant is really something unique, a hidden gem. It is not at all on the way and does not always guarantee electricity – especially after 11pm.
But in reward, one gets a wonderful fauna and flora right in front of the door. Unspoiled nature wherever you look. After four days on the Peninsula Valdes I thought I had seen all penguins, sea lions and ostriches, but Bahia Bustamante offers all this too, but not as an observer from far away, you are right in the middle of it. It is difficult to describe the place, you have to see, feel and experience it on your own.
The hotel should be booked 6-9 months in advance and you should definitely book the cabins WITH dinner. The food is incredibly good and this at the end of the world and with a view of the vines (yes really vines in Patagonia) and the sea behind. Of course you shouldn’t be picky about what you eat, because there is simply one menu every evening, but if you like local food and wine, you are in good hands.

The hotel and surroundings

Excursions at Bahia Bustamante

The restaurant at Bahia Bustamante Lodge

www.bahiabustamante.com/

www.instagram.com/bahiabustamante/

Tegui – Again

Buenos Aires – Sometimes you get disappointed when you visit a place or a restaurant again after many years. Be it because you have romantic memories, or the chef or the concept has changed.

At Tegui we were not disappointed on our second visit. The restaurant has a fixed menu with or without wine accompaniment instead of the a la carte menu. The menu led us through the whole country starting with little green salty plants from Patagonia (we saw a whole field of these in Bahia Bustamante) to Choique (small type of ostrich) and entire palmitos, which were cut at our table…and much more.
The restaurant is rather expensive in comparison and you should reserve about one month in advance.

www.tegui.com.ar/

Adler – Flying high

View from Adler Hurden
View from Adler Hurden

Hurden – This bijou called “Adler” (eagle) is located directly on lake zurich between Rapperswil and Pfäffikon. For my mother’s birthday we wanted to have lunch at a special place and therefore chose the restaurant Adler. At lunchtime you can choose a menu of 2 – 4 courses (complete menu CHF 95) or a la carte from the main menu.
The food is really exceptionally good. The service is highly professional and friendly. We had my mother’s Viszla dog with us and she immediately got a bowl of water too.

Markus Gass – the chef – and his wife are very welcoming hosts and make sure every wish is read from their guest’s eyes.
The location (in summer under the shady trees) directly at the lake with a view of the Glarner Alps can hardly be topped. The numerous quacking ducks act as a background sound.

If you plan a visit, reserve your table, especially for summer evenings outside.

www.adler-hurden.ch

Fabiola – Just fabulous

Mallorca – I read in a magazine about the restaurant Fabiola. The pictures of the interior reminded me of an exotic garden or jungle with lots of green plants. As I read the menu, my mouth was watering instantly. The menu contains pretty much everything I like to eat.

Sitting finally in the restaurant, we had the agony of choice with ordering the modern interpreted tapas.

We ate a lot more as you can see in the pics, as everything was really good, we could not stop ordering more food. Also the bread you get (wam) in the beginning is a sin itself – crispy outside and inside soaked in olive oil! We ordered 2 bottles of Alion wine, that we also knew from Casa del Vino in Switzerland. A fantastic pairing with Spanish food.

Website: fabiolagastronomicgarden.com