We dined ala carte on the 1st night of our vacation, and had a marvelously atmospheric post-sunset dinner for 4 with a bottle of Malbec at the Argentinian night beachside buffet --for $200, which made the all inclusive option more palatable.
Service is top-notch, and sadly the resort-casual suggestion is not enforced. Flip flops, baseball caps and t shirts on the other diners bring down the level a bit.
The ample buffet restaurant adjoins the main beach fronting pool, no reservations are required, and each night offers a different theme. We were there on Tuesday for Argentinian. As of this writing Wed is Seafood, Thursday is Italian, Friday is Prime Meat, Sat is Guest Chef, Sunday is Fajita and Monday is Mexican night.
We sat on the candle lit terrace on a balmy evening, protected from the evening beach breezes by plexiglass screens and were invited inside to serve ourselves. The buffet is typical of this type of upscale resort, with an overwhelming amount of offerings: an extensive salad bar, meat freshly sliced by white tocqued chefs, steamers containing side dishes, platters of charcuterie, a bread station flanked by a plethora of flavored butters and jams, a dazzling dessert platform, etc. On the night we were there, the nod to Argentina was the assortment of excellent chimichurri sauces. However, the roast was too fatty by our American standards, and only beef and pork were offered, with nary a sausage in sight. First world problems, I know…and it was a truly decent buffet.
One of our adult sons has a severe dairy allergy, and realized most of the side dishes contained butter or cheese. When I brought it to the server’s attention, the chef emerged and prepared generous portions of grilled fish with a tomato sauced pasta as a side, which was very nice. We also realized that with our son’s food limitations, we would be sticking to a la carte dinner offerings over the buffets on subsequent nights.
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