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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
This was another recommendation of our guide, Esteban. It was quite similar to another restaurant he took us to called Bar Uiarte. Both featured a big bar, two dining areas separated by a "living room" type setting in the middle where you can also dine on couches and easy chairs. Upstairs you'll find the restrooms with more plush chairs and a balcony overlooking the bar. Both bars/restaurants are located in the trendy Palermo SoHo section of this thriving city.
We settled in and decided on our lunch selections. I started out with an order of gazpacho and it was okay. Actually it left a lot to be desired. It was very light, which is good, but was an odd orange/pink color and was a little bitter in taste.
Acting on Esteban's recommendation, my wife and I each ordered a rib eye steak cooked "muy jagosa" which is Spanish for very rare. I ordered smashed garlic potatoes with my steak and my wife got mixed veggies with her meat. Esteban selected an order of gnocchi.
It took forever for our meals to arrive, probably an hour. Esteban apologized profusely saying he had never seen the service so slow there.
When our steaks eventually arrived at the table there were signs of danger. Steam was oozing out of the meat. When you like your steak very rare and it's steaming when it arrives at the table, you know it's way overcooked, which this meat was. I thought about sending it back but didn't want to spend another hour waiting!
I trust Esteban's recommendations on restaurants. He was right on the money with every other place we sampled. And I'm sure if we came back to this place for a second try, it would be excellent, too. But on our one and only visit, this was a miss. Fodor's gave Bar 6 a great review so I'm sure we just caught it on a bad day.
You'll find it at Armenia 1676 in Palermo. Ring 'em up at: 11/4833-6807.