Mendoza, Argentina – Los Chocos
Mendoza provided Ashley and I with any number of amazing meals during our stay, but our last night there we would experience what was quite possibly the best meal of my life. While consulting TripAdvisor for some eating options, we noticed that Mendoza’s #1 ranked restaurant, Los Chocos, sounded as unique as it did delectable. A small, intimate gathering of no more than eight diners is brought into an apartment where the chef and host combination of Martin and Martin treat you to a gourmet five course meal comprised entirely of local ingredients, complete with wine pairings. We arrived to find our dinner party would only be four people, two French Canadians, Ashley and myself. The night begin with a glass of champagne in the living room and some small talk as the final preparations were being made to the meal. We then moved to the dining room for what was an unforgettable culinary experience.
First Course – pork chorizo w/ sundried tomatoes and hard cheese on toast, served with torrontés sangria
Second Course – empanada w/ house-made chimichurri
Third Course – beet carpaccio w/ brie, figs and walnuts
Fourth Course – ossobuco cooked 10 hours in Malbec w/ creamy potatoes and fresh cucumber