- Product Rating -

A welcoming change to all those parrillas: Restaurant Josefina (21. October 2017)

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Josefina is a lovely little restaurant which offers very good food for fair prices – and definitely more refined than the average place I’ve been to so far (with the exception of 1884). As a starter I went for “tartar de lomo sobre confit de puerros y verdeo, con yema a la plancha, nachos crocantes y aderezo de limón (steak tartar over leek and green onions confit, egg yolk, crunchy nachos and lemon dressing)” (175 ARS). One the one hand side, I consider nice and cute but on the other hand side quite annoying that the waiter let me know that beef tartar was raw meat. I mean, why would I even order it if I didn’t know – and if so, wouldn’t it be my issue?

In any case, the beef tartar was refreshingly tasty and with the egg yolk also nicely creamy to make for a perfect mixture of all the involved ingredients. Only the bread was given out quite scarcely but the bread sticks served with the tartar were actually enough for the portion.

Now, at first I thought a salad wouldn’t be enough but the “ensalada tibia de salmón ahumado, hojas verdes, quinoa, ricota, huevo tipo oriental, mayonesa de cilantro y chips de remolacha (warm smoked salmon salad, green leaves, quinoa, homemade ricotta, eastern style egg, coriander mayonnaise and beet chips)” (240 ARS) was not only enough but the perfect combination of heavy ingredients like the mayonnaise and light ones like the warm smoked salmon and the salad leaves. It really was a perfectly fitting and perfectly satisfying, mouth-watering portion of salad. I’ve really been missing that after 10 days of more or less meat only!

The bread which is served in the beginning comes with a “carrot spread” which is quite great in combination. The waiter makes sure you’re attended at all times, taken care of, and is super friendly – even a bit too friendly for my personal gusto.

There was one wine on the menu which caught my attention as it was a blend of five different grapes – called “El Turco Blend” (350 ARS) and it was surprisingly good. Not really clear what exactly I was drinking to be honest but I liked it overall.

The place is not only lovely to sit in but they pay somehow a lot of attention to details … even the tablecloth is appealing.

What I liked a lot about the place was the fact that they kind of had a second area to dine in on the second floor – where also the wine ‘cellar’ (although not sure you call it ‘cellar’ if it’s on the first floor) is located.

All in all, the Restaurant Josefina is a refreshing change to all those parrillas in Argentina. If you want something else than grilled meat, here you go! And it was quite crowded so you might want to make a reservation beforehand if you intend to go during a busy time like lunches or dinners.


Price-Performance Ratio:
Overall Rating:

Contact Details:

Restaurant Josefina

Arístides Villanueva 165

5500 Mendoza (AR)

Tel.: +54 261 423 35 31

Homepage: http://www.josefinaresto.com.ar

About the Author:

I started the blog in October 2009, while living in Milan which I definitely consider to be one of the food capitals of the world. I was in touch with food since my early childhood (as my father is a former chef). Whenever I can, I travel the world to discover new places, to meet people but mostly to try local dishes and to find hidden gems! If you know a place worth going, please drop a line to: info@thediningexperience.org. Currently, I am a member of the following food-related associations: Chevalier @Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Zurich-Ville; Membre Gourmet Dégustateur @Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs [OMGD]; Gesellschafter @Goldener Fisch and Member @Slowfood Convivium Zurich City.
1'225 ARS (excl. tip) Filed in: Mendoza (AR), Restaurants

Post a Comment