A must visit restaurant in Mendoza Argentina is called 1884 Francis Mallmann. If you are a foodie, you know Francis Mallman is a renowned Argentinian chef whose expertise is cooking with fire, in other words grilling. His expertise, experience and celebrity reputation makes this restaurant an expensive place to eat at.
Our experience there included almost falling asleep, losing our way, and organs.
It was our last day in Mendoza and after a full day tour of visiting 3 wineries, we decided to make a reservation at the 1884 restaurant.
They only had a spot available at 10:30 pm. My bedtime is usually later than 10:30 pm but to have dinner at 10:30 is late. But not for people in Argentina. That’s normal.
We went ahead and made a reservation since it was our last night and a highly recommended restaurant.
At 9:56 we left our apartment and found a taxi. We told the driver the name of the restaurant and since it’s really famous we thought he’d know where it was.
30 minutes later (it was only 3 kilometers away), we were still in the taxi. After traveling in South America for almost 6 weeks now, by the way he spoke, I could tell and don’t think the driver was from Mendoza.
After using my Spanish to explain to him that the restaurant’s name was 1884, not the address, the driver stopped to ask someone on the road if they knew where it was and they didn’t. Which was strange to us since this restaurant is supposed to be really famous.
We then decided to go back to our apartment since this guy didn’t know where it was. By then it was 10:45 pm, ended up back at our apartment and had to pay the guy 55 pesos!
Our apartment was across the street from the Sheraton hotel so we went to have dinner there. Instead, we ended up telling the concierge (they all speak English) what happened, so they got a driver to take us to 1884 restaurant.
By the time we got to the restaurant it was 11 pm and packed with people. I really didn’t want to eat. It was late. We had a full day and I was falling asleep in the restaurant.
My mom suggested getting this ‘sweetbread’ and I was like yea sure I’ll order it. When I ordered the sweetbread the waiter told us it would take about 30 minutes which would take a little longer than the other dishes.
Without putting much thought into why bread would take that long, I said it was ok. A few minutes later the waiter came back to give me a knife. 30 minutes later at around 11:45, our food came.
There were vegetables (really good!) and some meat. And then I thought wait I didn’t order meat. I thought it was like a bread or something.
It looked like chicken. So I ended up needing that knife the waiter gave because the meat was a little squishy and hard to cut. The first bite I took tasted ok. It was the side so it had a lot of fat and seasoning. It tasted fine.
My mom wanted to try some so I gave her some, she’s like that’s not chicken, and spit it out. So I started getting suspicious. The restaurant thankfully had WiFi so while I let my dad try some, I googled and found out sweetbread is definitely not bread.
It’s organs. Like mixed up throat, neck and other random parts of the animal’s body.
I put that aside and ate all the vegetables instead. And really this ‘sweetbread’ was kind of expensive, 110 pesos about $22.
$22 for organs?!
Now that I think about it, I’m not sure why it never occurred to me to ask what sweetbread was. I guess maybe it’s because people aren’t meant to eat that late at night.
So that’s my experience at the 1884 Francis Mallmann restaurant in Mendoza Argentina.
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