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Arco Iris (Ushuaia, Argentina)
||Avenue San Martin 96,Tierra del Fuego,|
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Fall Volume: 2010 Issue: 17(3) page: 36
This is the only Chinese restaurant in this southernmost city in the world. Closest to Antarctica and at the Beagle Channel, from it one sees peaks of the Andes mountains. Clearly, this magazine spares no effort to review the most popular, the best, even the most remote of Chinese restaurants worldwide. This one is a case in point in a city once a penal colony, its jail completed in 1902 with prison labor.
Yes, the town of Ushuaia is in the archipelago at the southern most tip of the South American continent with but one Chinese restaurant in this capital city also known as Tierra del Fuego. Popular with cruise guests docking for part of a day, it is one block uphill from the port and on a street lined with restaurants of every ilk. At lunch, only a Chinese buffet is served. It ends at 2:30 pm promptly, is popular with locals, its trays just about empty when it does. The owner, from Dalian points this out in Spanish, as proof his food is well-liked.
The staff, except for this chap, are all Argentine, and one of them tells us they like the Chinese food, too. As seen from the postcard photograph, the food here looks and tastes very Chinese, its dishes not just from the northeast where Dalian is, but from all over China.
Here, one can eat Chinese food, Argentinian dishes, and typical parrilla-codero or this country's barbecue, food cooked on long spits leaning over a wood fire. One local lady tells us it is a great place to eat after visiting Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego National Park. She is riding with us on El Tren Fin Del Mundo which in English translates to: The Train at the End of the World. Its postcard is pictured here.