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Le Sud

Buenos Aires, Retiro

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 85%
  • Service 90%
  • Food (Execution) 90%
  • Creativity 85%
  • Value 80%

Details for Location Reviewed
Le Sud

Locale: Buenos Aires, Retiro Address: Arroyo 841

Telephone: +54 11 4131-0130
Restaurant Type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Cuisine: French
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$$
Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Carpaccios - Tartares, Charcuterie, Coffee, Crêpes, Desserts, Egg Breakfast Dishes, Espresso, French toast, Grilled Steaks, Omelettes, Roasted Meat Dishes, Salads, Seafood, Waffles
Hours: Unposted

Restaurant Details
Le Sud

Locale: Buenos Aires, Retiro Address: Arroyo 841

Telephone: +54 11 4131-0130

Restaurant Type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Cuisine: French Service Type: Table Service Price: $$$$ Menu items offered: Breads and Pastries, Carpaccios - Tartares, Charcuterie, Coffee, Crêpes, Desserts, Egg Breakfast Dishes, Espresso, French toast, Grilled Steaks, Omelettes, Roasted Meat Dishes, Salads, Seafood, Waffles

Hours: Unposted

Summary

French restaurant, Le Sud, in the Sofitel offers a well-executed French menu by a well-trained, amiable staff. The prix-fixe menu is reasonably priced.

Resumen del crítica

French restaurant, Le Sud, in the Sofitel offers a well-executed French menu by a well-trained, amiable staff. The prix-fixe menu is reasonably priced.

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Restaurant Review for Le Sud

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.4 stars
Review Date: 03/07/2017

Le Sud is the restaurant in the Sofitel Hotel in Retiro. As the name implies, it has a decidedly French personality. There are intricate designs in the marble floors, white damask tablecloths, and white porcelain tableware. Do they still furnish restaurant in Paris this way or is Argentina just three decades behind the times? It’s nice. But for a minute I thought I was in a restaurant in the stodgy Alvear Palace, not a Sofitel.

The ambiance is nice, albeit a bit formal. Seems a bit out of place when some of the hotel guests are sitting at tables with tablecloths woven on a Jacquard loom, in their Bermuda shorts at breakfast.

Those oddities aside, the breakfast and dinner services I’ve experienced at Le Sud were first-rate. The staff is very attentive, but not overly so. At breakfast, young waitresses, well-dressed in starched white blouses and black vests are making sure every guest is well attended to. Similarly dressed males are providing the same service at dinner.

The staff seems well-trained. Amiable and knowledgeable about the content of the menu. Impressive service.

As you might expect, being in a high-class hotel, the breakfast buffet is impressive. But it’s a bit pricey. I’ve always merely ordered from the menu choosing the items I want for half the price of what the buffet would cost. Read our full review of the breakfast experience here.

For dinner, Head Chef, Olivier Felchi, has designed a simple, but sophisticated French menu. It reads like the “Who’s Who?” list for French cuisine. You can choose from a somewhat pricey a la carte menu with an array of classics like a Steak tartare appetizer, a confit duck main course dish, or perhaps a more rustic member of the French cuisine repertoire, the Cassoulet, a classic bean and sausage stew.

My suggestion is to opt for the three-course prix fixe menu which was reasonably priced at about US$35 (460 pesos) in early-2017, offering similar French classics. An appetizer, main course dish and dessert, all superbly executed.

Albeit a bit stodgy, dining at Le Sud is a pleasant experience. With a well-trained and well-groomed staff of waiters (a rarity in Buenos Aires) and an equally impressive kitchen brigade, you’re insured of high-quality dining experience with a decidedly French personality. The prix-fixe menu, at this level of execution, is in our opinion, a bargain.

We just wish they’d bring the dining room into the 21st century.

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