Fierro Loves Hollywood: Restaurants

If there is one thing Palermo Hollywood is known for, it is its great selection of restaurants! See below where to go for auteur meals, a bit of spice, or a generous portion of meat.

Award winning gourmet dining

Recently, Restaurant Magazine chose the world’s fifty best restaurants, and it just so happens that three of them are located in the Palermo Hollywood area. If fine dining is your kind of thing, then you will definitely want to stop by for lunch, brunch, or an extended tasting menu at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant which is known for its fish main courses, creamy risottos and famous yoghurt and granita dessert.  Tegui is another to offer delectable tasting menus with three appetizer options, three main courses and three desert options that change depending on chef Martín Martitegui´s latest bout of inspiration. Paraje Arevalo is a pretty corner restaurant that also offers delectable auteur dishes and 6 or 8 course tasting menus.

Exotic and foreign cuisine

The area is also abundant in options that feature exotic foreign cuisine: Green Bamboo for Vietnamese, Sudestada for Thai, Bangalore for curries in a relaxed pub like atmosphere, Bar du Marche (a French bistro with a secret closed door Japanese restaurant atop), Paru for Peruvian and Japanese fusion cuisine, and Boteco do Brazil for yummy Brazilian food. Whatever your taste or preference in spice, you’re bound to find it at one of these hot dining spots!

The Argie Staples: Pizza, pasta, and meat

And of course, no respectable Buenos Aires neighborhood can be without its carb and protein eateries and Palermo is of course no exception to the rule. For the best Italian style  pasta in the area head to Da Donato Cucina Paradiso,and to Siammo nel Forno for pizza, Morelia does grilled pizza and for asado there is the Uruguayan La Celeste or the typically Argentine El Bonpland and La Dorita de enfrente.

Palermo Hollywood also has many vegetarian restaurants. Check out the veggie list here.

Autumn/Winter 2013 at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant

Fierro Hotel’s popular Hernán Gipponi Restaurant brings plenty of good news for the city’s hedonists of the palate. For starters, it’s now open seven days a week and is featuring a new tasting menu that includes seasonal delicacies such as rabbit confit, baked Turkish lentils with bacon and 63º cooked egg, braised pig’s cheeks, nut bread, pistachio meringue, tangerines and more to keep us warm during the cold days to come. Additionally, One Table, a five-course dining event for up to sixteen people, is on the weekly agenda on Monday’s. Of course, the renowned weekend brunch continue to be one of the restaurant’s most concurred events, as the now monthly Friday Happy Hours. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

We Recommend: Fuudis Gourmet Tours

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One of the great pleasures of travel is getting to know the cuisines of the cities we visit.  Buenos Aires has a lot to offer in that regard, and not only in the realm of stake. The last ten years have seen a boom in the city’s gourmet culinary industry and there is much to sample and savor.

Fuudis, which offers unique gourmet tours in the city, is the perfect way to get to know this delicious side of BA. Their tours, which take place on weekdays from 8.30pm to 11.30pm, include stops at various restaurants focusing on a different city neighborhood on each tour. The experience however is not only culinary, it is also a fun social event and special way to get to know the city.

Additionally, they organize thematic dinners, and this coming Wednesday, Fuudis will be celebrating their last thematic dinner of 2012.  Their green theme is inspired in the upcoming Christmas festivities. The menu they will be offering is available here and places must be booked by today at the latest at hola@fuudis.com.

More information on Fuudis and gourmet tours here.

Navarro Correas Gourmet Experience at HG Restaurant

The prestigious Navarro Correas winery has selected 15 of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires to be protagonists of a unique gourmet experience where fine dining and top quality wine meet. The event, which will promote the winery’s new line Reserva, will last six weeks and will take place in different restaurants around the city.

This Friday, Hernán Gipponi Restaurant will be in charge of offering the special Navarro Correas Gourmet Experience. The 6 step tasting menu will include delicacies such as Basque blood sausage with apple, cider vinegar and roasted peppers; catch of the day with mussels cream, roasted tomato and tofu; Patagonian lamb loin with sweet potatoes, acid beetroot and fennel; and Argentine inspired desserts, amongst others, all paired with Navarro Correas wines.

Additionally, local celebrity DJ Jimena Blizniuk will be musicalizing the  evening.

Book your place at 3220 6820 – info@hgrestaurant.com.ar

This Week in Buenos Aires

Monday

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Indulge in decadent 5 O clock tea at Las Violetas in Almagro and then dance those cakes off at La Bomba del Tiempo, a percussion orchestra that has become one of the local absolute musts. Centro Cultural Konex, Sarmiento 3131, Abasto, 4864-3200.

Tuesday

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In the spirit of Valentines Day why not get to know the city from a romantic viewpoint? Smile on Sea offers a special romantic sailing trips that depart from Puerto Madero, and Soul Trips offer a similar service in Tigre although on a motorboat with candlelight, drinks and snacks.

In the evening don’t miss out on the special Valentines Day tasting menu at Hernan Gipponi Restaurant. More information here. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6820. info@hgrestaurant.com.ar.

Wednesday

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Take a Fileteado Porteño Tour and discover the typical style of painting associated with Buenos Aires. The tour starts at 1.30pm in the Abasto area and moves to San Telmo either by bikes or public transport. It includes a snack in San Telmo and gives you the chance to try out the technique yourself! More information here.

In the evening head to Italian trattoria Ill Ballo del Mattone for some pastas and jazz, swing and bossa nova music! Gorriti 5950, Palermo. 47768648. reservas@ilballo.tv

Thursday

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The Museo de Arte Decorativo is showcasing a special exhibit on Russian Icons and art from Tibet. Additionally the museums marvelous collection of European and Oriental paintings and sculptures, the great hall and the impressive staircase make it well worth a visit.  Av.del Libertador 1902, Recoleta.  4801-8248. Tuesdays to Sundays from 2.00pm to 7.00pm.  Guided tours in English are available every day at 2pm.

For a unique evening, book your place at 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 are limited to 7 people. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6800.

Friday

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A visit to the ethnographic museum is a great way to learn more about the country’s indigenous identity and ethnic background. Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 3pm-7pm Sat-Sun from 3pm-7pm. Moreno 350, San Telmo, 4345-8196/97.

Later on stop by Centro Cultural Konex for a unique experience in the dark. Dialogo en la Oscuridad is an international exhibit where the senses are rediscovered.  The public is guided in absolute darkness through different scenarios and learns to perceive every day life in a different way.  Open Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm. Sarmiento 3131, Abasto. 4864 3200.

Saturday and Sunday

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The Italian Filarmonica Clown will be staging Amleto Avvisato Mezzo Salvato at the Shakespeare festival starting 8.30pm at Buenos Aires Polo Circo. Combate de los Pozos 1700, corner. Av. Garay, Capital Federal. More information here.

On Saturday evening, starting at 6.30pm a special milonga featuring Adriana Varela, Max Van de Voorde and Solange Acosta will be held at the Vuelta de Rocha in La Boca.

Don´t miss the festive Bubamara party being held at Groove on Sunday. Balkan music and lots of upbeat dancing are on the carnaval weekend menu! Av. Sta Fe 4389, Palermo.  Sunday starting at middnight.

Romantic Outings in Buenos Aires

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With Valentines Day coming up, finding the perfect spot to celebrate romance is an important task at hand. Our picks? Read on-

 

Watching the sunset or the sunrise is a romance classic and where better than on a boat floating down the river or up in the air in a hot air balloon?  Buenos Aires Outdoors offers romantic balloon rides over the countryside at Capilla del Señor (they offer transport to and from the city). Smile on Sea offers a special romantic sailing trips that depart from Puerto Madero,  and Soul Trips offer a similar service in Tigre although on a motorboat with lit candles, drinks and snacks.

 

Speaking of Tigre, this rugged location surrounded by streams in the heart of the Paraná delta is another great alternative for nature loving lovers who want to relax together away from the bustle of the city.  Rumbo 90° is a beautiful lodge and spa well worth staying in, and they will be offering a special Valentines Day candle lit dinner in their exclusive restaurant overlooking the river. Another option is the Delta Eco Spa. They offers special Valentines Day deals, including overnight and day passes for the spa, and special deals on massages and facials.

 

For those looking for something in the city the Rosedal is a classic go-to romantic spot with its blooming roses, pedal boats and Andalusian patio. Bookstores and traditional cafes also have a special romantic charm to them so a visit to the Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, is a nice option and as for cafes the classic Tortoni on Avenida de Mayo, Las Violetas– for a lavish 5 o clock tea in Almagro, and Confiteria La Ideal are all wonderful options, plus many are also tango joints, which brings us to our next suggestion.

 

Tango, of course, an obvious romantic activity in this city, and the great thing about Buenos Aires is that you can listen to it, view it and even try it out! Ruben and Cherie are popular tango teachers well worth taking a lesson with, also La Catedral offers tango lessons for beginner and intermediate levels and you can stay for the milonga afterwards. Other options include Lo de Roberto in Almagro (a small intimate bar with live tango music),  the aforementioned La Ideal, and Los Angelitos, amongst others.

 

Some bars and restaurants will of course be offering thematic evenings and special menus. The stunning Milion bar will be having a Valentines night, and the mysterious Frank’s Bar with its in-house sex shop is also an interesting option if you can get the password to enter. Hernan Gipponi will be offering a special Valentines Menu- more information here.

Top 5 Restaurants in Palermo


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Hernán Gipponi: Ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor, 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 michelin starred restaurants such as the Guggenheim Bilbao and Quique Dacosta’s El Poblet in Denia, infusing each carefully prepared dish 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.

Paraje Arévalo: Although it might seem like another typical Palermo bistro, Estefanía Di Benedetto and Matías Kyrizis restaurant stands out as one of the best of its kind. Set in a simple antique atmosphere, this small gem acquires its sparkle from its refined dishes which feature grass fed meat, organic vegetables and spectacular home baked breads and patisserie.  Two alternatives are offered for dinner; a 6 step tasting menu, and another of 8, both unequaled. During the day they serve breakfast, 5 o clock tea, and a lunch menu. Arévalo 1502, Palermo. 4775-7759

Las Pizarras: A unique concept is behind the ever-changing dishes determined by what Chef Rodrigo Castillo picks daily from the market. The resulting menu is displayed in the evening on chalk boards (pizarras) promising a singular dinning experience imbued with flavors, freshness and overall quality.  What might you find on Las Pizarras chalkboards?  Pate, quail, duck, beef, homemade raviolis, and fish amongst other delicacies. Thames 2296, Palermo. 4775-0625

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 includes Japanese, Korean, Chinese and California cuisines and prove to be good for both the palate and the spirit. 15-3356-0092.

Don Julio: Meat eating whilst you’re visiting Buenos Aires is probably on your agenda and there is no place like a traditional parrilla to do it. Don Julio, is just that, a relaxed homey environment, good wine but most of all a great place to satiate your inner carnivore.  Guatemala 4691, Palermo. 4831-9564.