Ivan, Lil Dave and I checked out of the apartment on December 23, 2012. We got a taxi to the Centro where our guest house was inside a nice apartment.
For lunch, we went to the Scandinavian restaurant Ølsen for their brunch. The restaurant is very modern and airy with very tall windows.
Ivan and I went for the set menu for 105 pesos per person ($21.38 USD). Ivan got the salmon galvez (smoked salmon), risotto with cereal and fried potatoes. I got the pollo asado, grilled vegetables and fried potatoes.
Our brunch also came with a drink which we chose the great champagne Chandon 187. Lil Dave decided to go with a cheaper brunch with banana oatmeal, fried bananas and a banana croissant. The food tasted great. Our set menu was a great deal since it came with tons of food.
We went to San Telmo and walked around the Sunday market.
The stalls were filled with souvenirs, mate cups, art, shoes and clothes. We saw a few bands playing in street. San Telmo is known for tango in the street during the night. We saw an older lady dancing the tango with two different men. I thought that it was weird that she closed her eyes while she danced.
It was really hot out so we stopped by a bar for a drink. Ivan had a Stella Artois while I had a white wine. A couple started dancing the tango on the stage.
We went back to the apartment where I took a short nap.
Ivan got a last minute reservation at NOLA which is a closed door restaurant. Ivan and I quickly got ready and got a cab to the restaurant.
NOLA is a New Orleans restaurant that is run by Liza and Francisco in their home. We were dining with 3 other couples: one from Toronto, Canada, one from Ottawa, Canada and a Sweden couple. Liza presented the dishes while Francisco was the sommelier and told us about the wine.
The couple from Toronto was a guy named Luke who looked like Jesus with his blonde girlfriend Jackie.
It was a four course meal.
The first course was a lovely gazpacho with shrimp and avocado served with a Torrontes wine. The next course was okay which was an octopus salad with a rose. The third course was a braised pork with a creamy polenta with a chili ancho sauce with a Malbec wine. Ivan got a salmon instead of the pork. The delicious creamy polenta was spicy with the chili sauce. Our dessert was a blueberry pie with a Dulce wine. The food and wine were wonderful. I highly recommend the NOLA restaurant for a great night out.
After the meal, we went with the other couples to the bar Soria. Ivan and I went to bar for an espresso at a bar nearby to wake up. We went back to the bar and chatted with Jackie.
We said good-bye and headed to the gay club Amerika. Nothing was really going on yet since it was early, so we got a taxi back to the apartment.