lots of time in south america has meant lots of good eating....i have been in South America 6 months now, one of my best meals out was at Restaurant Jauja in El Bolsón, Argentina.....probably no one reading this will be going there anytime soon, but hey, ya never know....if you are within an 8 hour radius, i think it is worth it....
The restaurant features local specialties (patagonian meats, etc) but my friend and I both had italian. She had gnocchi with a cream sauce, excellent. I had Milanesa (thin, and amazing, beef topped with ham, cheese, tomato sauce), very popular in Argentina, VERY WELL done here....awesome service, nice setting....there is also an ice cream parlor attached where we had dessert, Jauja ice creams were among the best I have had ever....i am a big fan of banana ice cream, and the banana here was right up there with the best (the best being Herrell´s in MA and various gelaterias in Tuscany, Italy)....Jauja ice creams are also in Bariloche, Argentina, a more tipical tourist destination...the bitter chocolate was also amazing
El Bolsón was otherwise unexciting, very relaxed town two hours south of Bariloche, in the lakes region of Argentina, the northernmost part of Patagonia. There was a fería (open air market) with some interesting foods, best were fresh raspberries, juices and empanadas. There were supposed to be belgian waffles but we didn´t find those....
So, moral of the story, if you ever find yourself in El Bolson, which you probably won´t, but maybe you will, then you should head to Jauja.....if anyone else has been there or heard of it i would be interested to know....aaight,