Tomo I, Buenos Aires
Hotel Panamericano de Buenos Aires
Tel: 54 11 4326 6698
Concierge.com's insider take:
The decor of Tomo I, B.A.'s storied temple of alta cocina, is a bit sterile—but don't let that fool you. The restaurant's ambrosial offerings remain impeccable, despite the death of co-founder Ada Concaro in December 2010. Together with sister Ebe, Ada founded this award-draped institution in 1971 in a neocolonial town house in Belgrano, moving it to its current digs, a mezzanine floor in the downtown Hotel Panamericano, in 1993. The menu still kicks off with a friendly note from Ada and Ebe, a meditation on the old chestnut "A Few of My Favorite Things." Reading on, you discover that the Concaros's favorites range far and wide—from perfectly crusty goat sweetbreads to extravagantly rich cream of carrot soup to smoky trout. By the time grapefruit slices in Riesling arrive, the nondescript red walls, bentwood chairs, and fellow diners have melted away, and you realize that was the point all along.
Open Mondays through Fridays noon to 3 pm and 7:30 pm to 12:30 am, Saturdays 7:30 pm to 12:30 am.