Top 5 French Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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La Bourgogne– The city’s most distinguished French Restaurant, in the city’s most distinguished hotel, the Alvear Palace, offers one of the best, albeit pricy, dining options Buenos Aires has to offer. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4808-2100. labourgogne@alvear.com.ar

Brasserie Petanque: This San Telmo based French Brasserie offers great quality, abundant servings, amicable service and a wonderful selection of wines. We recommend their sweetbreads! Defensa 596, San Telmo. 4342-7930. info@brasseriepetanque.com.

Chez Nous: This bright and elegant restaurant in the Recoleta based Algodon Mansion offers a great menu of French-Argentine fusion cuisine. Plus they have an annex cognac bar and a glass-covered patio with a fireplace that is great for winter! Montevideo 1647 – Recoleta, 3530-7777

La Maison: A hidden gem in the bustling Palermo scene owned by a friendly French Mademoiselle from Lyon. The at home feel of this lovely recycled house, the welcoming service, and great drinks and food make La Maison a place worth revisiting. Honduras 5774, Palermo. 3979 2970. info@lamaisonba.com

L’Atelier: Way off the beaten path, in La Lucila neighborhood is one this suburban favorite. Savory dishes and a great wine list to complement ensure this lovely French restaurant is here to stay. Av. Libertador. 3836, La Lucila. 4005-5244

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

 

Our Dining Picks: Paraje Arevalo

Allthough it might seem like another typical Palermo bistro, Estefania Di Benedetto and Matias 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

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday – 9AM- 8PM. Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 9AM-12PM

Top 5 Italian Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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The Italian influence on the city has been imprinted in the culinary trends of Buenos Aires where Italian restaurants abound. Of the many, we´ve picked five well worth trying to satisfy the craving of a hot plate of succulent pasta to warm up to in the winter!

Amici Miei

Set on the second floor of an old house with a balcony overlooking Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo, this charming restaurant is a favorite amongst tourists and locals alike.  Their fresh ingredients and traditional Italian cooking methods ensure the quality of their dishes which is complemented by the excellent service.

Defensa 1072, San Telmo

4362-5562

Open Tue-Sun 8am-Closing

Gioia- Palacio Duhau

The Hyatt in house Italian restaurant offers modern Italian cuisine in an ample seating space overlooking the stunning Duhau palace and gardens. An additional plus is the Hyatt Vinoteca and cheese room where you can taste local and foreign wines and a wide selection of premium cheeses served with fresh baked breads, chutneys and dried fruits.

Posadas 1350, Recoleta

5171 1330

Open every day from 6.30Am to midnight

Sottovoce

This traditional restaurant is the perfect place to sit in on a winters day. Cozy and warm, it is frequented by the local clientele and favored by the aristocratic ladies of the Recoleta area.  The food is fresh and abundant and their desserts, specially their chocolate semi-fredo and ice cream (which they make), are outstanding.

Av. Libertador 1098, Recoleta                   Alicia de Moreau Justo 176, Puerto Madera

4807-6691                                                     4313-1199

Open everyday from 12-4pm and 8pm-closing.
Doppio Zero

This intimate restaurant in the Cañitas area prides itself on its simple but exquisite Italian cuisine, made with few ingredients and an emphasis on quality. Offering a 7 step tasting menu, and a wonderful wine selection by owner and sommelier Mariano Akman, Doppio Zero is an undisputed pleaser.

Soldado de La Independencia 1238, Las Cañitas

4899 0162

Open Tue- Sat 8.30pm- closing and Sun 12.30pm-4pm
Broccolino

Brocolino is a traditional Italian trattoria like restaurant with abundant, well priced and delicious homemade pasta. Their extensive menu, and the boisterous cheerful atmosphere bring both the Italian flavor and spirit to the table.

Esmeralda 776, Dowtown

4322-9848

Open every day from 12-4pm and 8pm-closing.

Where to go for Locro

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With national Flag Day coming up on Monday, you should get ready to try “locro.” This traditional stew prepared on national holidays is made with pumpkin, maize, beans and different combinations of meat cuts, bacon and chorizo. Find some suggested (and open) places to try this tasty satisfying meal below.

Ña Serapia

In the heart of Palermo this small traditional restaurant follows a 50-year-old locro recipe which they prepare the night before to make it more flavorful. They also make great empanadas and tamales and are very well priced!

Av. Las Heras 3357, Palermo

4801-5307

12-4pm y 8pm-closing

La Payuca

A great parrilla, which makes locro from May to September. They give the traditional locro recipe a twist by using meat cuts such as rose meat and warming it up in a baked clay over which make it thinker and with a smoky flavor. La Payuca also has an area for children to play in.

Arenales 3443, Recoleta

4825-5959

Midday-Midnight

Costumbres Criollas

This small and cozy centric restaurant specializes in Tucuman style empanadas and locro. If the day is sunny, a great option is to order take out and sit in the San Martin Park to eat.

Libertador 308, Downtown

4393-3202

11-4pm, 7pm-12.

La Paceña

This traditional place in Belgrano is famous for its empanadas and year round low fat (or should we say lower fat?) locro recipe. Great quality, taste and price.

Echeverria 2570, Belgrano

4788-2282

12-3.30pm, 8-12pm

1810 Cocina regional

A small and cozy restaurant in Palermo specializing in empanadas, meat casseroles, stews and other regional delicacies.

Julian Alvarez 2000, Palermo

4865-0030

11-4pm, 7pm-12

How to Make a Typical Argentine Asado

Making a good asado is an art that any proud Argentine man must master (although there are women that make great asado too!).  For this task, two elements are key, one, is the technique used for lighting the fire and the elements that will go in it (coal, wood chips…), and secondly is the knowledge of the different meat cuts and the different cooking points. Obviously, a tradition that is practiced and transmitted from generation to generation involves many different techniques which can’t all be mastered overnight, but you´ve got to start somewhere, so here it goes!

1- Clean the surface on which you will cook the meat.

2-Make 5-6 paper balls by crumpling newspaper.

3-Make a small wooden ‘building’  or jenga like structure around the paper balls using a discarded vegetable box or pieces of light wood. Make sure to leave enough space between the pieces of wood so that some air can pass through and enough open room on top so that you can later light the paper balls.

4-Put a circular pile of coal around the wood. (In the video, the coals were placed directly under the grill and under twigs so the fire spread and caught on.)

5-Light the paper balls making sure to watch if the twigs are lighting up.

6- Wait for the coal to catch and once the fire is out move some of the hot embers below the grill.

7- Start placing the meat, chorizos and other ‘achuras’ you may have decided to try (for a translation of meat cuts go here.)

8-Supervise the bottom of the meats and turn them around when they are toasty until the other side is toasty too. Add burning coal where you feel necessary, but keep in mind, asado is slow cooking method. Also keep in mind that some cuts and achuras cook faster than others. (Chorizos for example usually come out of the grill first).

9-Enjoy!

This Week in Buenos Aires

As April comes to an end, autumn continues to settle in, inviting us to stop by cafes to warm up the late afternoon with submarines and pastries. Book lovers can continue to visit the international book fair, to buy books, or attend conferences and by the end of the week the international circus festival infuses the city with some fun and games.

Monday

 

If your planning to visit the city center to see the obelisco, or to take a tour of the Colon Theatre, head to the Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (palace of running waters) on Cordoba Avenue and Riobamba first.  Originally built as a disguise for a water tower meant to provide clean drinking water to the people after the 1877 outbreak of yellow fever, the stunning palace now works as Aguas Argentinas (the local water company) headquarters and also as a museum.

For a great gourmet lunch in the nearby area head to Restó, just 5 blocks away from the Palace.

In the evening, head to the playful AcaBar in Palermo for a great time in a lively and vaudevillesque atmosphere where you can play board games and choose one of their carefully prepared drinks.

Palace of Running Waters

Riobamba 750 – 1° Piso

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm

Tel: (54-11) 6319-1104

E-mail: museo_del_agua@aysa.com.ar

Restó

Montevideo 938

Opening hours: Mon-Wed 12-3pm,  Thur-Fri 12-3pm and 8-11pm

4816-6711

Cash only

AcaBar

http://www.acabarnet.com.ar/

Honduras 5733, Palermo Viejo

4772-0845

 

Tuesday


A visit to the ethnografic museum is a great way to learn more about the countries indigenous indentity and ethnic background. Currently the museum is hosting a photography exhibition of the indigenas towns from El Chaco, a collection of exotic objects from different cultures, an interesting exhibition on the indigenas from Tierra del Fuego and their conflict with European travelers, and an exhibit on the 4000 years of history in the northwest Argentina.

For some great food close by try the French cuisine at Brasserie Petanque, or for some coffee and pastries head to the close by Chile and Bolivar streets and sit down at Bar la Poesia or Cafe Del Amanecer.

In the evening go to Miloca to enjoy some drinks in the bars garden or terraces.

Ethnographic Museum

Moreno 350, San Telmo

Telephone: (54-11) 4345-8196/97

Opening hours: Tue-Fri 1pm-7pm, Sat-Sun 3pm-7pmsábados y domingos de 15 a 19 hs

info.museo@filo.uba.ar.

Brasserie Petanque

Defensa 596, San Telmo

Tel: 4342-7930

info@brasseriepetanque.com

Bar La Poesia

Chile 502, San Telmo

Tel: 4300-7340

Cafe Del Amanecer

Chile 561, San Telmo

Tel: +54 (11) 43618308

Miloca

Niceto Vega  5189, Palermo

4775-5427

info@miloca.com.ar

Wednesday

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!

In the evening check out Le Bar, an artistic space with great lighting and design offering live concerts on Wednesdays.

Fileteado Porteño Tour

http://www.054online.com/?IDi=SP&item=guias&subitem=lugares&id=178

Reservation required in advance

tours@054online.com

Le Bar

http://lebarbuenosaires.blogspot.com/

Tucuman 422, downtown.

5219-0858

Thursday


 Check out the national art funds new acquisitions in their exhibit at the Casa de la Cultura which is also exhibiting a collection from award winning local artisans work including carving, pottery,  and other  crafts

In the evening, at 8.30 pm, head to the Teatro El Cubo in the Abasto areas for La Musa del Capricho, a creative dance show which fuses dance, song, tango and theatre. 6 Blocks away from the theatre is Los Cocos, a great traditional pizza place with a great ambiance, also close by is Cafe El Banderin, a lovely cafe/bar surrounded by flags of all the national football teams.

Casa de la Cultura

Av. de Mayo 575, Subsuelo

or Av. Rivadavia 576

Te. 4323-9669

Exhibition opening hours Tue-Sun 3pm-6pm

Teatro El Cubo

Zelaya 3053 Parallel to Lavalle and between Jean Jaures and Anchorena

4-963-2568

info@cuboabasto.com.ar

Los Cocos

Av Córdoba 3303

Tel: 4963-0457

Cafe El Banderin

Guardia Vieja 3601

4862-7757

Friday


Visit the Museum of Spanish American Art and find out what life was like during the Colonial times. Afterwards head to the picturesque atelier of Gato Regazzoni where photographer Luis Abadi will be exhibiting portraits of ‘porteños.´

Later on at night check out Baila! at Centro Cultural Konex, a dance show featuring music, dance, percussion and theatre.

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano

Suipacha 1422

4327-0228

Opening Hours: Tue- Fri 2pm-7pm Weekends and holidays 11am-7pm

Atelier Gato Regazzoni

Av. Libertador 405 (next to the train tracks)

Centro Cultural Konex

Sarmiento 3131, Abasto.

Tel: 4864-3200

Saturday and Sunday


Check out some of the international circus shows being hosted at the festival Polo Circo! More information here.