Top 5 Closed-Door Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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Closed-door restaurants have a special appeal to them. The ever-changing menus, the social experience of dining with strangers of different cultures, the individual touch that each chef brings to the table with them makes the closed-door experience unforgettable.

 

Casa Mun

The goal of Chef Mun in this intimate closed-door restaurant is to create a sense of community amongst the food lovers sitting at his grand table. His own passion for cuisine began at a young age and was inherited from his mother and later developed into a full time activity after studying under the likes of celebrity Chef Makota Okuwa amongst others. The dining experience he shares with his visitors include Japanese, Korean, Chinese and California cuisines and prove to be not good for both the palate and the spirit.

15-3356-0092

 

Casa Salt Shaker

The informality of Casa Salt Shaker makes for the lively ambiance and a fun evening under the influence of what they define as homemade cooking with a twist. Their five course tasting menu is continuously changing so that every dinner is a one of a kind experience.

casasaltshaker@gmail.com

 

Cocina Sunae

Christina Sunae opens her house to guests (with prior reservation) every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with the aim of sharing her knowledge of Asian Cuisine.  Her fours step tasting menu is ever changing and is a culinary expression of her cultural background and of the knowledge she acquired whilst working in New York restaurants.

reservas@cocinasunae.com

cel. 15.4870.5506

 

Corrine et Paul

This closed door restaurant is run by a couple who lived over ten years in France having worked in top notch places such as L’Auberge de I’lll (3 Michelin stars) and having run their own gourmet rotisserie in Alsace. Their tasting menus offer, as is to be expected, the best of French cuisine for a reduced group of happy customers.

chez_rest@yahoo.com.ar

 

Casa Felix

Casa Felix is a private restaurant part of Colectivo Felix, an interesting eco-gastronomic project that aims to promote local cultures and support small scale and eco-food producers through their cooking tours, research and restaurant.  The restaurant, open a few months of the year, serves a five-course pescetarian meal (which you can request to be vegetarian or vegan) featuring original flavors and spices from their research on their travels across the country. Access to the restaurant is through reservation only.

4555-1882

info@colectivofelix.com

 

Bars of Buenos Aires: Congo

(Photo by viaje al fin de la noche)

Congo Bar is one of the hottest nightspots in the Palermo scene and there is good reason for it. Trendy locals line up at the door well into the night, as is usual in the city, to trade the entrance fee for Congo currency which can then be exchanged for the first drink of the night. Once inside, the brown and beige leather interior serves as a backdrop for the beautiful men and women who either mill around the bar, are seated at one of the hard to get tables or are enjoying one of the famous “Bossa Nova” drinks in the garden, the Congo jewel.  Dinner is also served in this Palermo gem, and occasionally weekday parrilladas (barbeques) are organized.  Definitely the place to go to if your looking for an “it” place with stylish and enthusiastic crowds.

 

Congo

Honduras 5329, Palermo

4833-5857

 

We Recommend: Cultura Cercana’s Tango Tour

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One of the trademarks of Buenos Aires is its melancholic and sensual tango music and dance. Knowing where to go to catch a glimpse of the real essence of this tradition is not always an easy task as there are many options, some which include dancing, others that include a theatre like show, and alternatives that serve dinner amongst others.

Cultura Cercana, a tour agency that aims at showing travelers the Argentine version of Argentina, offers a tango tour that acts as a filter of the available options sorting through the tourist traps to get to the places where the buzz is local and genuine. The tour also has the advantage of being guided by a couple of tango dancers who show what they can do and explain the meaning of each gesture and move. Additionally, they offer an optional tango lesson prior to the tour, should you want to try out some dancing yourself and work with reduced groups to keep the attention personalized.

Plus, they take you to and from the hotel.

More information on Cultura Cercana here.

Tasting Titus Andronicus

(Photo by Festival de Almagro)

La Fura dels Baus is a Catalan theatre group that has acquired international acclaim for its unconventional use of setting, incorporation of the audience into their representations and shocking themes.

Their latest production “Degustación de Titus Andronicus”  (Taste of Titus Andronicus) brings Shakespeare’s brutal tragedy to stage whilst incorporating the Culinary Arts to the performance at the direction of the prestigious Mugaritz restaurant.   Two chefs cook on stage during the production, interacting with the drama and the audience which will be cirulating during the entire play,  incorporating the senses of taste and smell to the dynamic representation. Finally, 28 previously selected spectators will be joining the final gory banquet where they will be invited to dine and participate in the unfolding of the tragedy.

During the week leading up to the premiere in Buenos Aires, five of the city’s top restaurants, including Hernan Gipponi Restaurant, Aramburu, Freud & Fahler,  Café San Juan,  and La Vineria de Gualterio will be serving a menu inspired by the play.  Additionally, customers of the menu will get a 10% discount for the show on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of August in Club GEBA, Figueroa Alcorta 5575, Palermo. Tickets are available here.

Hernan Gipponi Restaurant: Titus Andronicus Tasting Menu

Hernan Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel, Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6820

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Head to the posh Recoleta neighborhood and stop by the Centro Cultural Recoleta where Daniel Mordzinski´s photography will be exhibited, showcasing pictures of Ernesto Sabato amongst other authors.

Should the afternoon get grey and stormy as the forecast says, head to the close by Alvear Palace Hotel for a decadent 5 o’clock tea served in the LOrangerie Restaurant from 4.30pm-7pm.

In the evening  head to Gran Bar Danzon for their wine happy hour from 7pm-9pm.

 

Centro Cultural Recoleta

Junín 1930, Recoleta

4803 1040

Open: Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm. Weekends 10am-9pm.

 

Alvear Palace Hotel 

Alvear, Av. 1891, Recoleta

4808-2100

 

Gran Bar Danzon

Libertad 1161, Downtown

4811-1108

 

Tuesday

(Wood carving from the Easter Island at the Ethnographic Museum by 10b travelling)

Find our more about the country’s ethnographic heritage at the Museo Etnografico.

In the evening head to the chic ¨Le Bar¨ for some great drinks and live music starting at 10pm.

 

Museo Etnografico

Moreno 350, San Telmo

4345-8196

Open: Tue-Fri 1pm- 7pm. Weekends 3pm-7pm.

 

Le Bar

Tucuman 422, Dowtown

5219-0858

 

Wednesday

(Photo by innercore)

Contact info@smileonsea.com to book an alternative riverside tour of Buenos Aires on a sailboat. More alternative tours here.

In the evening John Stowell and the Ale Demogli Quartet will be presenting Textures &Counterpoints at the Thelonious Jazz Club.

 

Thelonious

Salguero 1884, 1st floor, Palermo.

4829-1562

 

Thursday

Design enthusiasts will be able to catch a glimpse of the up and coming designer at the Design Fair being held at the Palermo University.

Book your place for the Fierro Hotel’s Thursday wine tasting and sample some great Argentine wines, chosen by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, Andres Rosberg, and in-house Sommelier Martin Bruno.  Tastings cost 25 USD per person and start at 7pm.

 

Design Fair

Ecuador 933, Abasto

 

Fierro Hotel

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com

 

Friday

(Photo by mariogeronimo)

Have a leisurely lunch overlooking the city at the German Club (Club Aleman) where not only are the food and view great but also quiet with a no cell phone policy.

In the evening Blind Melon will be playing in Club Niceto, tickets available here.

 

Club Aleman

4311-3313

Av. Corrientes 327, 21st floor.

 

Club Niceto

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo

4799-9396

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Photo by Morrisey)

Take a ride on the historic tram and visit the Caballito neighborhood. Every Saturday from 3pm-7.30pm and Sundays from 10am-1pm and 3pm-7.30pm starting from Emilio Mitre 500.

Highlights of the scientific and technological advances of the country, as well as special events and shows are being exhibited in Tecnopolis, a technology and innovation fair which will be open until August.  The fair is in the outskirts of the city so we suggest you have the hotel help coordinate transport. General Paz between Balbin and Constituyentes. Villa Martelli.

 

Top 5 Spanish Restaurants in Buenos Aires

 

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Oviedo: This upscale Spanish restaurant in the Recoleta area is one of the top dining options the city has to offer. The fish is superb as is the lamb, the excellent wine list and service. The classic setting, the freshness of the ingredients and the savory cuisine make Oviedo an unquestionable top choice for gourmet dinning in Buenos Aires.

Beruti 2606, Recoleta

4821-3741

 

Palacio Español: Set inside the stunning Club Español, a historic monument of the city, this elegant Spanish restaurant offers traditional cuisine in an ornamented setting. The Paella is everything you would expect the paella to be and more, and sitting amongst the sculptures and tapestries makes it all the more enjoyable.

Bernardo de Irigoyen 180, Monserrat

4334-4876

 

Sagardi Euskal Taverna: If you’re looking for a place to snack on pintxos (which is how the Basque call their tapas) and drink cider after walking around San Telmo then this is the place for you. Serving traditional Basque food Sagardi not only serves some of the best pintxos in town  but also top quality grilled fish.

Humberto Primo 319, San Telmo

4361-2538

 

El Casal de Catalunya: Specializing in traditional Catalan cuisine, this high end restaurant has made itself famous for serving what is considered to be the best roast suckling pig in town. They have an interesting wine list, including both local and Spanish wines and they serve traditional Catalan Cava.

Chacabuco 863, San Telmo

4361-0191

 

Hernan Gipponi: This newcomer to the Palermo scene offers distinguished auteur cuisine with Spanish influences in the ground floor of our hotel. The renowned chef displays his culinary expertise, acquired at restaurants such as the Guggenheim Bilbao and Quique Dacostas El Poblet in Denia, infusing the carefully prepared dishes with subtle touches that make a big difference. We recommend you try the 7-step tasting menu with some of the remarkable wines selected by the president of the Argentine Sommelier Association, Andres Rosberg, and sommelier Martin Bruno.

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220-6820

Wine Tastings at Fierro Hotel

Would you like to know more about Argentine Wines?  Then you should come to our weekly wine tastings where Certified Sommelier Martin Bruno will take you on a journey through Argentina’s wine producing regions: Salta, San Juan, Mendoza, Rio Negro and Neuquen.

Designed by Bruno and Andres Rosberg, President of the Argentina Sommelier Association, six wines will be showcased with selections changing weekly. Light snacks and hors d’oeuvres from Hernán Gipponi will also be included.

Tastings are held in our cellar every Thursday at 7PM for the price of USD25 Per Person and are limited to 7 people. Book your place, both guests and non-guests are welcome!

Todays wines:

Las Perdices Sauvignon Blanc 2010-Mendoza
Callia Magna Viognier 2009-San Juan
Ocio Merlot 2009-Rio Negro
Primogenito Malbec 2008-Neuquen
Colome Estate 2009 -Salta

Fierro Hotel Boutique

Soler 5862, Palermo

3220 6800

recepcion@fierrohotel.com

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Local Specialties to Indulge your Sweet Tooth.

Grey cold days like the ones we’ve been having lately are great for comforting afternoon snacks in traditional teahouses such as Las Violetas in Almagro or Confiteria La Ideal downtown. Here are some local specialties to sweeten the afternoon.

Dulce de leche: Probably the most famous of Argentine sweets, this caramel cream is used in pastries, spread on toast, eaten by the spoonful and included in all kinds of desserts.

Alfajores:  A typical sandwich like snack made up of two “cookies” usually filled by, you guessed it, dulce de leche, (although there are variety’s filled with fruit jams and chocolate  as well) and covered in chocolate, confectionary, sugar or coconut. More information about alfajores is available here.

Rogel Cake: A very sweet cake made with alternating layers of puff pastry and dulce de leche and topped with meringue.

Pasta Frola Quince pie: Another typical sweet used in pastry’s and deserts is Quince paste (dulce de membrillo) and candied yam jam (dulce de batata), which are often combined with cheese for dessert. Quince paste also the main ingredient of Pasta Frola, a fruity pie that goes well with coffee.

Medialunas and Facturas: The local croissants and pastry’s come in many varieties. There are two types of medialunas (croissants), de grasa (made with lard) or de manteca (made with butter). The first is crunchier and thin, the second puffy and moist. Amongst the pastries you will find varieties with dulce de leche, with quince and yam jam, and with custard (crema pastelera).

Vainillas: These very lightweight  airy “cookies”  made from egg, vanilla and sugar are the favorite of many local children (and adults who wont admit it) who dunk them in milk as an afternoon snack.

Submarino: Another thing Argies like to dunk is a bar of chocolate in a cup of hot milk for a local take on a typical winter comforter.

Our 7 Links

(Los Siete by Eduardo Amorim)

We recently got nominated by Jeff from Lengthy Travel Blog (which has some excellent tips for travelers) to participate in the 7 Links projects. The project which is being organized by Tripbase consists in linking 7 of your  own posts which meet previously specified criteria and then nominating other bloggers to do the same so that an exchange and circulation of information takes place.  We though it was a fun idea and also a great way to revisit some of the tips we have posted in the past.

 

Our 7 links are:

 

1-Most Beautiful Post:  10 Things We Love About Buenos Aires

2-Most Popular Post: 10 Things to do in Buenos Aires Off the Beaten Path

3-Most Controversial: Vegetarian Buenos Aires

4-Most Helpful: How to Make a Typical Argentine Asado

5-Most Successful: We Recommend: Cooking Classes in Buenos Aires

6-Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved:  Lunfardo: A Slang from the Prisons and Tango

7-Proud of: 5 Best Hotels for Food and Drink

 

And our nominees are:

Eat like a girl: Wonderful food and travel blog, including special recipies!

The Lost Asian in Buenos Aires : Great reviews of Buenos Aires food and restaurants!

Juanele AR- Art in Buenos Aires: A wonderful art blog and the best art tours in the city!

The Real Argentina: Travel tips, reviews, suggestions and anything else you need to know!

South American Travel News: A useful resource for those of you planning your trip!

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

(Photo by Kara Brugman)

Have  a special lunch at the MALBA´s French restaurant, Cafe des Arts, and then spend the rainy afternoon browsing the museums permanent collection of Latin American art and the temporary exhibit of Argentine Contemporary art.

Liven up your evening at Notorious, where cheerful live Brazilian fusion music by Jonga Zambo will be playing.

 

MALBA

Figueroa Alcorta 3415, Recoleta

4808-6500

Open Thur-Mon 12-8pm. Tuesdays closed.

 

Notorious

Callao 966, Palermo

4813-6888

 

Tuesday

(Photo by bdeboikot)

The city museum ( Museo de la Ciudad) is showcasing a special exhibit on Boxing and other sports that have influenced the culture. For an afternoon submarino (hot milk with melted chocolate) in a picturesque corner of San Telmo, head to  traditional Bar Seddon, just a few blocks away.

In the evening head to the Wherever Bar in Palermo for their 5pm-9pm happy hour and British music.

 

Museo de la Ciudad

Defensa 219, San Telmo

4331-9855

Open Mon-Fri 11am-7pm. Sat-Sun 10am-8pm.

 

Bar Seddon

Defensa 695, San Telmo

4342-3700

 

Wherever Bar

Fray Justo Sta. Maria de Oro 2476, Palermo

4777-8029

 

Wednesday

(Photo by Gonzak)

Find out more about popular art and artisans work at the Museo de Jose Hernandez, where you will find ceramics, baskets, knits, instruments and other handmade traditional objects made from local materials.

Club Niceto and Ill Ballo del Mattone are cohosting an Art Party in the evening where some of the local contemporary work will be exhibited as well as live shows ending in an upbeat party that will last until dawn.

 

Museo Jose Hernandez

Av. Libertador 2373, Recoleta

4803-2384

Open: Wed-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm

 

Club Niceto 

Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo.

4779-9396

 

Thursday

(Photo by Daniel Ivoskus)

Highlights of the scientific and technological advances of the country, as well as special events and shows are being exhibited in Tecnopolis, a technology and innovation fair which will be open until August.  The fair is in the outskirts of the city so we suggest you have the hotel help coordinate transport.

At 9pm renowned Blues musician  Vernon Harrington will be playing live at La Trastienda.

 

Tecnopolis

General Paz between Balbin and Constituyentes. Villa Martelli

 

La Trastienda

Balcarce 460, San Telmo

4342-7650

 

Friday

(Photo by tasito)

The annual cattle farming and agricultural fair will be taking place until the 26th of July at La Rural in Palermo,  showcasing cattle, horses, and other animals as well as regional products and goods and other aspects of the local industry.

In the evening the Centro Cultural Rojas is hosting a party inspired by Gaby Kerpel, a local music-theatre icon who was one of the founders of De La Guarda and who plays a fusion of electronic music with local folklore.

 

La Rural

Av. Sarmiento and Plaza Italia corner, Palermo

4777-5500

 

Centro Cultural Rojas

Av. Corrientes 2038

4954-5521

 

Saturday and Sunday

(Phot by Maria Teresa Adalid)

Saturday- Puerto Rican dub and reggae singer Mimi Maura will be playing at Club Niceto at 9pm. Niceto Vega 5510, Palermo. 4779-9396.

Saturday-Sunday: Catch one of the shows being staged at the International Puppet Festival.