Francis Mallmann (pictured) with Dan Alterman
Slow-cooked lamb with grilled seasonal vegetables
Belgrano 1188, Godoy Cruz, Mendoza
What makes it special: The acknowledged master of Argentine cuisine, Francis Mallmann, presents carnivorous fare cooked over wood fires and in clay ovens. Using simple techniques, 1884 returns to the roots of Argentine cooking by exploring its early Incan and European influences.
About the chef: Perhaps the best known Argentine chef, Mallmann owns restaurants in Buenos Aires, Uruguay and Miami, and has authored many books, including the influential Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way. 1884’s kitchen is led by chef de cuisine Dan Alterman.
What’s in the name: Although the restaurant opened in 1996, it’s set in an old vineyard established in 1884. The setting is elegant and romantic, with original checkerboard floors, walls as purple as wines in the Andean highlands and a candle-lit outdoor area reminiscent of a fairytale.
On the wine list: True to form in Argentina’s wine capital of Mendoza, 1884’s cellar boasts more than 12,000 bottles with 600 wines, adding up to a weighty 75-page wine list.