Cuenco

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Olascoaga 1412, Mendoza, Argentina, 5500

Serves vegan and organic food. Also sells organic products like rice noodle, soya sauce, organic legumes, organic seeds, jams, sunflower oil and others. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-3:00pm. Closed Sun.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Buffet, Take-out, Argentinian

22 Reviews

First Review by SoledadMoretti

Best food in Argentina (too bad about the microwaves) - Edit

In my three weeks of traveling and eating in Argentina, Cuenco was my favorite dining experience. It has by far the best variety of vegan food items any of the restaurants I visited, with several dozen items in the buffet each day. Flavors were consistently good. And the service here is also the friendliest I encountered anywhere in Argentina, making me feel like a beloved family member. Prices are low for the quality, and with both indoor and outdoor seating I never had to wait for a table.

The only downside is that most of the food in the buffet gets cold pretty quickly, and the only option for reheating it is microwave ovens (as is the case at so many eateries in Argentina). This is a real pity, not only because of the scientifically documented health implications of microwave cooking (e.g. enzymes being damaged in a way that makes them less nutritious), but also because microwave cooking causes unpleasant changes in the texture of many of the otherwise delicious items, such as the empanadas, canastitas, pizza, etc. (making the pastry shells and crusts mushy). It would be a huge improvement if they would use the steam tables to keep the hot food hot, and also provide at least one conventional toaster oven (or similar miniature oven powered by conventional heat rather than microwaves) for those things that need a rewarming.

Still, despite that one issue, Cuenco was my favorite hands down, and I look forward to returning to enjoy the delicious food served by these very warm and hospitable people.

Highly recommended. Enjoy!

Pros: Great variety of declicious vegan cuisine, very warm and welcoming service, very reasonable prices

Cons: Microwaves are the only option to reheat cold food

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Me encanto. - Edit

La comida espectacular, y el ambiente mejor aún. Muy buena relación precio calidad. Gracias por existir en Mendoza

Pros: Buena comida, Buena atencion

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Must visit in Mendoza - Edit

Huuuuuge variety of food, all extremely tasty, and cheap! Whether you're after fresh and healthy food, or something like beef stroganoff, creamy ravioli, burgers, or seitan.... this is the place for you. Don't skip this place if you're visiting Mendoza!

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Amazing experiente! - Edit

I arrived in the restaurant with almost no cash left, as I was just about to leave Argentina, so it wouldnt have been worth taking more money from the bank plus paying the taxes eigther.. When I realised it's NOT POSSIBLE TO PAY WITH CREDITCARD I was quite sad, because the food was looking amd smelling amazing and I was kind of starving, but the staff just smiled at me and told me to eat! Of course I only tried small portions, but the food was amazing, fresh and very tasty.. Thanks for beeing so friendly and helpful, I really appreciated it!

Pros: Super nice staff, Delicious food, Huge variety

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unbelievable place in Mendoza - Edit

what a cute beautiful place ! it's a self service per kilo. There are many options of very creative food. Real food for a fair price in the heart of Mendoza, just all I needed after not eating well for some time ☺ They also have deserts. I just loved this place ❤❤❤

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Una excelente manera de comer vegano y variado - Edit

Si como a mi os encanta poder probar de todo un poco este sitio es genial. Pagas por peso y puedes servirte la cantidad que quieras de cada plato para luego... volver a servirte aún más :) Me gustó todo lo que probé y tienen muuuuuucha variedad desde cosas más o menos calóricas y sanas pero todo rico la verdad.

Pros: Variedad, Personal agradable, Correcta calidad/precio

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delicious!! - Edit

We arrived 10 minutes before 12 and they opened for us. The food was so delicious and there was so much variety! It was all vegan which was such a lovely surprise and it was totally delicious! Will be going back tomorrow!!!

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Delicious - Edit

Loads of options, super reasonably priced compared to lunch in other restaurants in Mendoza. People seemed really friendly. Open 12-3 every day but Sunday I think, and maybe again later in the day

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great buffet! - Edit

Big and very varied buffet. Good value for money. Has lots of dishes that are usually very hard to find vegan versions of. Eg. Strauganoff and carbonara (I know I've spelt that wrong haha). Also has juices and organic /vegan groceries.

Pros: all vegan!, good value, interesting dishes

Cons: more desserts or sweet options

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Great vegan food - Edit

By far the best meals I had in Argentina.
I loved the food so much that I went there everyday I was in Mendoza. Unlike many restaurants, even the wine is vegan (didn't try it thought). They also sell sandwiches, perfect for long bus rides. I wish there were more places like this in South America.

Pros: Fantastic food

Cons: Only open for lunch

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Best vegan food around! - Edit

I had the pleasure of having one meal here, I wish I could have had more! I arrived just before they closed at 3 and loaded up a large to go tray and was amazed that it only cost 90 pesos. It was A LOT of food!

Great variety of foods and all of it was really good. I had eggplant milanesa, milanesa de soja, falafels, roasted butternut squash, crepes, a few different types of potatoes, lentils, veggie pie... Mmm! (:

Makes me wish I lived in Mendoza or that I was going back very soon!

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Excellent! - Edit

Went there first thing, thanks to HappyCow, and wow, what a great spot! True, the buffet is incredible, it's impossible to try everything - so much choice, and dishes keep coming...

It's great also because here you can find all sorts of veg protein, be it seitan, grains or tofu in different forms (had some incredible seitan stew, among other things...). And quiches and veggies and so many delicious things. Too bad it's not open in the evening, but take away's definitely an option for those living there.

Pros: Delicious, Nice atmosphere and friendly staff, So much choice, everything was great

Cons: only for lunch!

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Best vegan restaurant in SA - Edit

It's a buffetstyle restaurant with only vegan food. It costs 80 pesos per kg, which is very reasonable for the delicious food. There were so many different creative dishes that we had a hard time choosing what to eat. We ended up eating two full plates and then came back the other day to try new things and also to buy their ginger cake (which I'm eating right now and it's very good). They also have fresh juices like carrot juice and pumpkin/orange juice. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you HAVE to eat here while in Mendoza!

Pros: Only vegan food, Creative menu, Very friendly, English speaking staff

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Don't miss it!! - Edit

This place is fantastic, we have seen quite a few vegan restaurants and this one beats them all. So it's not only the best option in Mendoza, in our opinion it's the best one in South America.
The variety of food is amazing, it is almost impossible to try a little bit of every dish in one meal. On the buffet there were like 25 options to choose from (not counting the salads) and not just fried vegetables; really creative creations. All we tried was really good and some dishes even fantastic. They also offer vegan cakes and ice creams but we were too full to try ;-)
The people are also really nice.
We left absolutely happy and full and we'll be back every day while we are in Mendoza!

Pros: Taste, Variety, Inexpensive

Cons: None

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Only Vegan restaurant in Mendoza, great choice - Edit

By far the best veg restaurant in Mendoza, really creative to make their meals, love the place :)

Pros: excellent food

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scrumptious - Edit

by far the best food option in mendoza. the staff is friendly, the buffet is varied and flavorful, and it's all vegan.

Pros: good food, all vegan, nice staff

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Lovely! - Edit

Beautiful place with amazing food and lovely staff! June 2013: 50pesos/kg and it´s more than worth it.

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!GENIAL! Excelent food and inexpensive - Edit

My girlfriend is from Mexico, I am french, we were passing through Mendoza anxious to find a good vegan option in a remote "cow kingdom" location... Well, that's THE place. Nice people, super kind, and the food is EXCELLENT. You can eat there or "to go". Pay by the pound. A lot of choice, fresh, raw or cooked... Great great place.

Pros: Lot of choice, Inexpensive, Great food

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1st, and awesome vegan restaurant in Mendoza! - Edit

Found a jewel of a place! - as November 2012 is all vegan and mostly organic. Very tasty food, served by they owners.
Hearty to see their food choice based not only on flavors and colors, but also on principles :))

Pros: vegan, organic, tasty, affordable

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The first vegan rest in Mendoza! - Edit

I'm so very happy, this is the first vegan rest in the whole city. The food is mostly organic and it tastes very good. They also have a little store with organic products.
You must visit it :)

Pros: vegan, organic, serve by it owners

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Cuenco Vegan and Organic - Edit

Excellent place to visit! Very nice people!

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First Vegan Restaurant in Mendoza! - Edit

Cuenco's food is amazing. 100% vegan since November 2012, you can find both cold and hot buffet, including empanadas, seitan, vegan spring rolls, pies, pasta, salad, and organic items. To stay or take away, it's served by its owners. Location is also very good, in a nice Mendoza's neighborhood. As a local vegan, I can say it's one of my favorites in the city. Closed on evenings and sundays.

Pros: Great tasting food, affordable, vegan!

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