TripAdvisor recently revealed its list of the 25 Best Fine Dining Restaurants in the world. La Bourgogne, from French Chef Jean Paul Bondoux, was the only Argentine restaurant to make it onto the list, ranking in at the 23rd position. Located in the heart of one of the City’s most emblematic buildings, The Alvear Palace Hotel, this French bistro has been charming some of the most discerning palates for over 20 years.
“Extremely sophisticated cuisine” is how Bondoux’s famous bistro is referred to by the TripAdvisor community. The nine course tasting menu offers a journey through some of the most emblematic dishes of the French culinary tradition, but revisited with a local touch.
La Bourgogne also houses one of the most exhaustive and distinguished wine cellars in the country. Discreetly settled in the restaurant’s basement, this cellar preserves some of the country’s most remarkable labels, in addition to also harboring a considerable collection of international rare bottles. A private room known as “La Taste Vins” is opened for small and exclusive wine tastings.
The bistro was renovated and now displays a more casual decor. La Boutique, Bondoux’s French bakery also finds a home in the recently modernized restaurant. In addition to the typical French pastries and the like, the Chef and his team provide visitors with their own original and rather difficult to categorize creations.
Alvear Hotel’s restaurant was the only Latin American establishment to make it onto Trip Advisors’ Top 25, along with Chilean Boragó, second on the Latin America’s 50 Best list. Strangely though, Bondoux’ porteño restaurant didn’t make it into that famous ranking this year. Maybe Latina America’s 50 Best knows something we don’t.
So which listing should we trust? British Restaurant Magazine’s World 50 Best list and its Latin American counterpart both award La Bourgogne with some pretty weighty accolades. Their jury is comprised of a top-notch team of cuisine connoisseurs, Chefs and journalists from around the world and award restaurants only after reaching consensus with one another. Punta del Este’s branch of La Bourgogne actually occupies the 45th position on the 2015 World’s 50 Best listing, and made it into the Latin American’s version of the list in 2014.
This reality needs to be view in context though. TripAdvisor’s Top 25 is based on travelers’ input. For Pascal Bernard, manager of the Buenos Aires branch of La Bourgogne, that gives the listing considerable credibility. “We love the fact that this recognition comes from a guide that is voted by people directly, as the most important for us has always been our clients’ satisfaction” he said in an interview with French cuisine association Lucullus.
First in Trip Advisor’s ranking was Spanish restaurant Lasarte from italian Chef Martin Berasategui, followed by Montreal’s Europea, described by the community as “a masterpiece”. Spanish Celler de Can Roca, ranked in first place of the World’s 50 Best listing, and occupies the 11th place on TripAdvisors’ Travelers Choice ranking.
As for Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Restaurants in Buenos Aires, only two of the bistros listed on the latest edition of Latin America’s 50 Best made the cut: Aramburu (8th) and Chila (10th). Heading that list is the Argentine Experience, a guided diner experience introducing some of the Argentine’s cuisine most emblematic dishes.
In the end, the verdict appears to be that La Bourgogne is worthy of both praise and conversation – and at the very least a visit.