ELENA Restaurant | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Part of the new renovations undergone by the Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires, ELENA come out to be a stunning two storey courtyard restaurant. Named for Elena Peña Unzué, the bride of La Mansión, a historic building that houses the Hotel’s most opulent suites and hosts the city’s most glittering social events. On the menu guests will find a broad selection of the meats beloved by locals, from precision-cut dry aged steaks and Argentinian kobe beef to the highest quality pork, chicken and other meats, and abundant fresh seafood. Expertly prepared on the rotisserie, mains are accompanied by lushly presented seasonal vegetables.
In a gorgeous double-height space bathed in natural light, gourmands and those who love a great meal with friends and family will come together at Elena. The space features a dramatic spiral staircase to the balcony level, where private dining areas are available, and the look is fresh and open, yet a welcome escape from the busy city just outside. Rich interior furnishings – including a glass doored dry ageing case, marble butcher’s table manned by an expert chef and locally-sourced antiques – seamlessly blend South American and European cultures in true Buenos Aires fashion, with hand-crafted finishes by local artisans adding a unique character.
But, either, before or after dinner, a MUST is to stop by the front bar, PonyLine inspired by the sport of kings, Pony Line brings to life the casual chic of La Dolfina polo lifestyle. Balancing urban sophistication with the carefree elegance of polo in leathers and other fabrics, riding motifs, art by Alejandro Moy, and rugged yet refined elements such as pergamino-clad trunks that act as cocktail tables.
We planned an special occasion, family reunion, at ELENA and all went beyond expectation. The food was lovely, same as the atmosphere, lightning and service. My favorite was the concept of serving the food on big saucepans for all to share. Buenos Aires, unlike many other destinations in the world, does not have a thing for hotel restaurants, but ELENA after many years of transitioning from former Park Hyatt management, to the present renovations, has brought trendy, sexy, tasteful back. Strongly recommend it. Book in advance. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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