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Prix Fixe Lunch at Olaya - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood

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Overall Rating

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

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Prix Fixe Lunch at Olaya - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood Address: Humboldt 1550

Telephone: +52 11 4843-1751
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Peruvian
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$
Menu items offered:
Hours: Mon-Sat: 12pm to 4pm & 8pm to 1am Sun: Closed

Restaurant Details
Prix Fixe Lunch at Olaya - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood Address: Humboldt 1550

Telephone: +52 11 4843-1751

Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Peruvian Service Type: Table Service Price: $$$ Menu items offered:

Hours: Mon-Sat: 12pm to 4pm & 8pm to 1am Sun: Closed

Summary

Trendy. Modern Bistro-Style Ambiance . High Quality Service and Execution . Creative . The prix fixe lunch menu presents an opportunity to experience gourmet Peruvian fusion at a third of what it would cost in the evening. An extraordinary value for lunch.

Resumen del crítica

Trendy. Modern Bistro-Style Ambiance . High Quality Service and Execution . Creative . The prix fixe lunch menu presents an opportunity to experience gourmet Peruvian fusion at a third of what it would cost in the evening. An extraordinary value for lunch.

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Restaurant Review for Prix Fixe Lunch at Olaya - Buenos Aires

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 4.3 stars
Review Date: 05/26/2015

Olaya, a trendy, modern bistro-style restaurant in Palermo Hollywood, opened in 2013, under the guiding hand of Chef José Mendivil Castro, who has crafted some of the most successful and celebrated restaurants in Buenos Aires, such as Osaka and Sipan.

For more on the décor, atmosphere and service please check out our full review of the restaurant here. We note that service at lunch was on par with the service we received in the evening.

Olaya fits the Peruvian Nikkei mold that has been riding the crest of the Latin American restaurant scene for a handful of years. The chef has styled a menu that is both creative and expertly executed by the small army of Peruvian cooks.

He has achieved what any fusion cuisine seeks, to take an already great regional cuisine and elevate it to new gourmet heights by bringing in the elements and technical cooking skills of other cuisines.

Unfortunately, this success has a downside for the foreigners and locals that venture into one of Mendivil Castro’s restaurants. The menu at Osaka and Olaya are two of the highest priced menus in the city with prices approaching those of the world class restaurants in the city’s most expensive hotels.

On the a la carte menu the main course dishes range in price from about US$23 to US$30 (ARS$280 to $350). This is extraordinarily high for Buenos Aires. And likely prohibitively priced for the Porteños faced with the unique disadvantage of earning Argentine pesos. Only the most affluent Porteños can afford to eat at a restaurant of this type. And those that have the income to permit it would be far less likely to spend that kind of money on a meal at an informal restaurant such as Olaya, no matter how trend-setting it is.

But there’s a silver lining behind this dark cloud. Olaya offers a two course prix fixe menu at lunch permitting patrons to sample both an appetizer and main course dish for about US$12 with drink included. That’s an extraordinary value as you’ll dine at about 1/3 of what it would cost for a similar meal in the evening.

Olaya offers a choice of one of several appetizers and main course dishes. I elected to have a tiradito that included paper thin slices of sashimi grade fish accompanied by a variety of fresh julienned veggies and a Nikkei sauce and aioli. Something so simple elevated to gourmet status. Delicious.

For the main course I elected to have the delicate pan seared white fish sitting a bed of shrimp cooked in a piquant yellow pepper sauce with steamed garlic rice. Another outstanding dish that was perfectly executed.

I have complained that other normally high quality restaurants in Buenos Aires cut corners on their mid-day offerings. Not Olaya. I have dined at Olaya in the evening and felt that I received equally high levels of execution at lunch with no significant reduction in the size of the portions served.

To be able to experience two courses of this quality with a beverage and the table cover charge included for US$12 is beyond a value. It’s an opportunity. You could visit Olaya every day of the week and experience two different dishes every day. And based on this meal I would bet good money that each would be as outstanding as the last.

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