It was 7:30 pm, the time we had a reservation for dinner at Elena restaurant in Four Seasons Buenos Aires, Argentina. Remember, this is Argentina and people eat late, so it wasn’t a surprise that we were the only ones in the restaurant for the first 30 to 45 minutes.
I was so excited that I could order and speak to the waiter in English! Everyone that works at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires speaks English which was a relief to my brain since everywhere around me was just Spanish, Spanish and more Spanish for the 3 months we were in South America. It’s the perfect setting for me to learn but my brain needed a rest. And that’s what I got.
This is the restaurant, located on the same floor as the lobby of the Four Seasons Buenos Aires. There is also a spiral staircase inside the restaurant leading to a private dining area.
We were seated and ordered a tabla which consisted of a variety of cheeses and dried meats as an appetizer. While enjoying our tabla, my aunt and grandma who were traveling with us for 5 weeks and my mom and dad took time to choose a wine. The sommelier recommended a wine and bringing the wine bottle was a bit of a show. They rang a bell and brought the bottle from upstairs through a little elevator in the middle of the restaurant.
Since we were in Argentina, I decided to order beef. While waiting for our entrees, we were given knives which looked like kitchen knives with the restaurant’s logo on them.
Here’s a Vine video going down the table showing the food we ordered.
I particularly enjoyed the side of baby carrots. They were cute, colorful, tasty and came in a little bucket. My brother ordered a squid ink paella, which was pitch black in color and was so good. The beef was good as well. We had so much food between the 6 of us.
A month before we stayed at the Four Seasons Buenos Aires, I followed their Instagram account and saw the photo of the gelato and I immediately thought to myself that I would have to try it. Even my aunt said she read about the gelato in a travel guide book.
I was deciding on the flavor to get when someone came to our table with 6 plates and someone else came in my direction, holding a lighted cake. I was not informed that we would be celebrating my birthday that night but turns out in the afternoon my mom had planned it and went to the concierge, got the reservation at Elena restaurant, and met with the pastry chef to make a cake for me.
The theme she picked was social media….
…because of course social media is a huge part of my life for both fun and my business. The pastry chef only had a few hours to make the cake and it was delicious! There’s a marzipan layer on top of a chocolate mousse filling.
Since it was my birthday cake, I figured I had to eat a piece even though I was so full! When we were done with cake (and still had extra!) and paid, I thought about the gelato I had wanted to try. When the waiter came back to our table, I asked if he knew where I could try this Dolce Morte gelato. He said Elena restaurant in Four Seasons Buenos Aires was the only place to have it.
The restaurant has WiFi (I was connected to the hotel’s internet since we were staying at the hotel) and I showed him the picture on Four Seasons Buenos Aires’ Instagram account. He said something like wait and went away. When he came back, he gave me the same exact Dolce Morte gelato as the one in their Instagram photo as a birthday gift.
And it was the best icecream I ever had.
At that time, around 10 pm, the restaurant was starting to fill up.
Elena restaurant is open for dinner from 7:30 pm (the time we arrived) until 1 am. I highly recommend eating at Elena restaurant in Four Seasons Buenos Aires. It was one of the best restaurants that I’ve celebrated my birthday in!