Grand Opening of Nadia O.F. in Mendoza City
The white colonial house on the corner of Chile and Montevideo has ushered in a new resident, one that is making quite a buzz among the culinary circles of Mendoza. Nadia O.F. Restaurant has come to town and has brought Nadia Harón, renowned as one of the top chefs in Argentina, along with it.
In 2006 Nadia began her first culinary endeavor in Mendoza when she created the Urban Restaurant in O. Fournier Winery, founded by her husband, José Manuel Ortega Fournier. Not only are Nadia and José a Spanish couple that planted new roots in Argentina, they have joined two of life’s great joys: wine by him and food by her.
Four years after the founding of her first restaurant, and spurred by her early success and by her desire to invite more food lovers into her dining room table, Nadia made a move and opened the original Nadia O.F. Restaurant in Chacras de Coria, a suburb twenty minutes outside of Mendoza City. But it wouldn’t be long before Nadia’s following would eclipse the limits of that limited space, and another move was just around the corner.
On May 28, she opened the doors to Nadia O.F. restaurant in the heart of Mendoza City. “I´ve always love this building,” said Nadia, “every time I walked by I used to think – what a great place for a restaurant. And when it became available, the timing was just right. It has a bigger dining room and a bigger kitchen, and excellent neighbors” she said, referring to The Winery wine shop and BRÖD Bakery that also share the street corner courtyard.
And if the menu is any indication, it would seem that Nadia is certainly enjoying her additional kitchen space. At the grand opening, she treated guests to a six-course tasting menu to showcase her unique gourmet style with both Spanish and Argentine influences. The menu was accompanied by wines from the family’s Uco Valley Winery and will change every week according to the whims of the seasons and the whims of the woman in the kitchen.
Nadia is also looking forward to offering cooking classes to visitors searching for an internationally renowned culinary twist on local cuisine. Classes will be taught by Nadia Harón herself and students will leave with a Nadia O.F. apron and recipe collection.
In case Nadia hasn’t yet shown up on your radar, here are just a few of the reasons to stop by for a bite.
- “Best Restaurant 2011” by the Argentine Academy of Gastronomy
- “Best Restaurant in Inland Argentina 2012” by Cuisine & Vins
- “Best of Great Wine Capitals” Restaurant Category 2009 Gold Medal, 2011 Gold Medal, 2008 Gold Medal
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