It’s ironic that I have lived in the neighborhood of Las Canitas in Buenos Aires for more than 5 years and had never tried this restaurant until this week. I have walked by La Fonda del Polo, on the corner of Baez and Arevalo (right across the street from the El Primo parrilla – a frequent stop of mine) about a thousand times and never wanted to go in. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
My wife and I were actually looking for a break from the heavier foods that we had eaten for the past few days, and were happy when we found that La Fonda del Polo has a lot of different seafood and salad options.
To note: we did not order any wine from their wine list, as it was a typical representation of the big wineries from around Argentina: Catena, NQN, Luigi Bosca, etc. Not that I would shy away from any of those wines, but they tend to have less personality than wines from boutique Argentine wineries.
My wife is a huge fan of “rabas”. Rabas are the Spanish equivalent for calamari, and calamari is used to talk about squid, but not the battered and fried kind. The Rabas were quite good but lacked a bit of crunchiness. The flavor was great as was the ratio of fried part to squid part.
We also ordered an arugula, parmegian and tomato salad that was excellent. Fresh all the way around and clean. They also had a nice selection of other salad on the menu which definitely is something that sets this restaurant apart from others in Buenos Aires.
We split the grilled salmon as our entree. Without asking, it came out neatly divided onto two plates, with a side of creamed spinach and potatoes. I love it when service gets done without asking! This is truly a ringing endorsement of this restaurant as service in Argentina tends to be sooo soo bad! I will definitely go back!
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