El Garzon Restaurant & Hotel
Costa Jose Ignacio
Like Staying in a Rich Friend's Country House... A Friend With Very, Very Good TasteDetails. Details. Details. It’s all in the details. And famous Argentine chef Francis Mallmann’s hideout in the small, un-developed Pueblo Garzon is dripping with it. Imagine the perfect movie set or photo shoot where every single corner, nook and cranny exudes great thought and attention. Nothing is missed. Not to mention the food. Oh boy, the food.
Set about 40 minutes inland from the popular Bohemian Jetset town of Jose Ignacio the restaurant has been drawing carloads of gourmands to make the trek inland, past the expansive Uruguayan estancias, cows, gauchos and farmland to this treasured idyll. Long abandoned, he bought up most of the town years ago and built this magical movie set, anchored by his Garzon restaurant and five bedroom hotel.
Lunches are crowded, especially on the weekends, but at night, you practically have the place to yourself. There is no reception desk. You just walk into the restaurant and the attentive staff show you to your room. Everything is included: meals, room, cocktails, wine and the ability to take horses up for a picnic in the surrounding hillsides. You don’t have to worry about signing for things or leaving your name. It’s like staying at a friend’s country estate, without the owner home. The pace is leisurely and brings down your blood pressure about 50 points.