Light and Fresh Lunches in Buenos Aires

(Photo by a song under the sugar sugar)

Get ready for rooftop pooling and evening drinks outdoors because the Porteño summer is about to make its hot hot mark, and although meat may be the local staple, lunching on salads and juices might be a better option to remain fresh whilst visiting city attractions.  Below, our pick of places to stop by for something light and fresh.

Quimbombó: Overlooking Plaza Armenia in Palermo, this healthy restaurant offers vegetarian cuisine, fresh refreshing juices of all kinds and a lovely terrace to sit outside. Costa Rica 4652, Palermo.

Cusic: Wraps, salads and sandwiches are all perfect summer lunches and easy to enjoy at this hidden Palermo gem that serves homemade cuisine in a great setting including a lovely terrace-garden. El Salvador 6016, Palermo. 4139-9173.

 Salgado Alimentos: Set in Villa Crespo, near the outlets, this small and inviting Italian restaurant specializes in pasta, however they are also known for their savory salads with less common ingredients such as artichokes or passion fruit vinaigrette.  Ramírez de Velazco 401, Villa Crespo. 4854-1336.

I Central Market: Puerto Madero is definitely a summer hot spot and Central Market is the perfect place for sitting outdoors overlooking the river and eating a salad or a sandwich. Azucena Villaflor and Olga Cosentini, Puerto Madero.  5775-0330.

Hierbabuena– In San Telmo a great place for a light lunch is this restaurant that focuses on healthy eating and offers a nice spot outdoors to sit.  Av. Caseros 454, San Telmo.

Find a great list of BA salad suggestions here.

Looking for a fresh snack on the go? many neighborhood supermarkets and verdulerias (vegetable shops) sell ready made fruit salads.

Top 5 Restaurants in Palermo


(Starter at Hernan Gipponi Restaurant)

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.

Vegetarian Buenos Aires

With all the fame Argentine meat gets, a vegetarian eager to visit Buenos Aires for all its other charms might feel left out from the regular eating agenda. However, despite the carnivorous tendencies of the local cuisine, a variety of vegetarian and vegan options are thriving in the city, appealing to both herbivore and omnivores alike. Here are five suggestions you to sample:

Kensho

An upscale vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Palermo offering four course organic meals, and vegan, celiac and raw options in a chic and carefully designed environment.  Chef Maximo Cabrera incorporates slow food concepts, gourmet dinning and environmental philosophy to guarantee quality, flavor and awareness about what we eat and where it comes from.

El Salvador 5783, Palermo

4778-0655

Tue-Sun Lunch and dinner.

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.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 9.30pm

4555-1882

info@colectivofelix.com

Bio

Bio was the first organic vegetarian restaurant to open in Buenos Aires in 2002. Their menu offers a variety of flavorful dishes for breakfast, lunch, tea time and dinner, providing meals made from products which prize health and flavor.

Humboldt 2199, Palermo

4774-3880

Mon- Sun  9am-1am

La Abuela Pan

Homemade fresh vegetarian food in a recycled old house in San.  They serve a special Sunday lunch menu making it a good place to go to if you’re visiting the antique fair.

Bolivar 707, San Telmo

4361-4936

Mon-Fri Lunch

Sun- 9am-4pm

ap@abuelapan.com

Siempre Verde

This Chinese vegetarian restaurant in the local Chinatown is very popular for its well-priced tasty, well-prepared and filling dishes. Although the decor doesn’t say much and the service is somewhat sloppy, it’s definitely one of the local vegetarian favorites proven by its usually full house. We recommend the mushroom meat, made from shitake, and specifying that they bring the entrees and main courses separately if you want it them that way.

Arribeños 2127, Belgrano

155 454 6481

Tue-Sun Lunch and Dinner

Cash only

Other options are Veggie´s (Las Cañitas) , Krishna (Palermo), Naturaleza Sabia (San Telmo, open on Sundays for lunch), La Radiancia (Palermo, recommeded), Granix (Bufet in Microcentro), Meraviglia (Palermo, recommeded), Artemisa (Palermo, recommended)