"Thank you again for having us in your wonderful home
last night for dinner. It was an experience we won´t forget. The
company was great and we left speaking about how delicious the food
was as well. When I return to the states, I´ll send some pictures of
the dishes you cooked up and a group picture of the table that you
can share with the others from dinner." - M.Y.
"Thank you! We loved the dinner. Everything was amazing,
especially the beet soup, which I cant stop thinking about. Your
dinner & good company was definitely one of the highlights of our
vacation. We will definitely post on trip advisor! Thanks again." -
"It was great. Thanks for having me! I''v rec''d it to some
others at my hotel." - L.E.
"Thanks again for dinner, the food/ wine were amazing." - S.A.
"Greetings from Iguazu. We had a terrific time at your home
last night. The group was very congenial, the food and wines were
excellent. J... is eager to see the recipe for the walnut and berry
tart, which we both loved. We both belong to Trip Advisor and will
be posting very positive reviews when we get home and have easier
Internet access. We´re not sure when we´ll be back in BA, but when
we are, you can bet we´ll be joining you for dinner. One question:
We really enjoyed meeting everyone at the dinner last night but were
wondering how often you turn down people who ask to be part of the
group because they don´t seem compatible? All the best," - A.T.
[My response: Glad you enjoyed and
thanks for the rave! It's pretty rare that we turn someone down
- people are kind of self-selecting for this type of event.
Someone really has to come across as a person I don't want in
our home, purely based on how they phrase things or what they're
requesting, for me to say no. In fact, the last time I can
recall doing it was last New Year's Eve when someone sent me a
list of what he expected us to do for him and his two friends
for the evening to make it special the way they would at home.
It was clear that I'd made the right choice when for the entire
week they were in Buenos Aires they called me on the phone every
couple of hours to curse at me for having turned them down, and
threatening how they would destroy our business. Never heard
from them again after that, I suppose they told a bunch of
friends not to come here. The most common thing is more if
someone has dietary restrictions that I just can't meet, either
in general, or on a given week's menu - generally that tends to
be the vegans and the gluten-free folk, plus anyone who's
allergic to garlic, onions or peppers, which I simply won't cook
without. And in that case, I know the other puertas cerradas
well enough to know who to steer them towards instead of us that
can handle their diets better than us.]
"Thank you again for a wonderful night. I have written a
review on Trip Advisor that will hopefully do it justice." - A.M.
"My wife and I dined at chef Dan Perlman's Casa Salt Shaker
during a recent visit to Buenos Aires. After communicating by e-mail
we were given the address, and showed up without knowing what to
expect, as it was our first experience with "closed door dining". We
were welcomed by Dan and Henry and invited into their home, where we
met our fellow diners, who were comprised of travellers from around
the world. After a pre-dinner cocktail, we were served a five course
meal with matching wines, that far exceeded our expectations. With
each course we were delighted by the quality and presentation of the
food, that came paired with well matched and enjoyable wines. Dan's
take on a South American seafood casserole was simply sublime, and
his Beetroot soup with Chilli ice cream was delicious. I highly
recommend this for anyone with a sense of culinary adventure, who
enjoys meeting interesting people." - A.M. via TripAdvisor
"We are from melbourne and had an absolutely lovely time with
you and henry! Enjoyed the food, loved the wine and the company.
Sorry to hear you receive such a negeative review - in my experience
people will find something to complain about always if they are
those sort of people! No matter what the experience! I think ur
doing a fabulous job and we would come back and recomend you also!
Take heart in all the many many positive reviews u receive, there is
always the small few who will have a horrible time even if find
themselves in paradise.
Thanks for the fun time we had with you!" - M.B.
[Reference was to vitriolic 1-star fake review
on TripAdvisor, however, it was removed by TA shortly thereafter
when they determined it violated their guidelines.]