Restaurant Aqva: Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Mother Nature is truly a surreal and magical force. One only needs to step into one’s own backyard at times to marvel at its power and, sometimes, a little travelling further afield brings us face to face with her magnanimity and blessing. We’ve paid a little homage and listed the 7 natural wonders of the world, but even that is a startling minimalistic approach to what is actually out there in the world. Luckily mans hubris to rule everything by simple quantifications hasn’t breached nature’s bounty to ruin just yet and we’ve also realised that it’s simply not enough having 7 natural wonders, but 7 natural wonders in each continent. Topping the charts at number 1 in South America, with millions of litres of water crashing and thundering through the Argentinian and Brazilian border over 270 cascades are the Iguazu falls. Some of us have probably seen this landscape in the film, The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons, but that too, only makes use of 2 cascades. It truly is an overwhelming and humbling experience. Whilst the food offerings at Iguazu are the Argentine staples of meat and more meat, things could be much much worse and one still manages to feast on ample beef and quaff copious amounts of Malbec, but what does stand out is a restaurant called Aqva, one that I’m thankful to my guide for recommending. 

Local specialities
Local fish
Local fish
Brulee

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Starting off with antipasti of local specialities brought a few grilled vegetables, stuffed tomato and some cakes made of mandioca and cheese (which were my favourite). Simple, unfussy.

Main course was grilled pacu (a local river fish) with asparagus, onion jam, palm heart salsa which tasted infinitely better than it looked and it was remarkably light, and had a multitude of all the right flavours in a good balancing act.

Dessert was mate creme brulee, caramelised nuts, tapioca and mate-cointreau foam and I licked the plate clean. The brulee had a lingering herbiness that the mate (green tea from a local tree) infused in it while the pile of warm caramelised nuts, raisins and tapioca was heaven! And a bit of boozy mate is always a good thing!

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Food: 7
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