Dining Hot Spot: Brotes del Alma

This laid-back Belgrano restaurant is a lovely quiet spot with a varied menu offering what could be described as Argie food with a twist. Options abound and include salads, bruschetta’s, the typical provoleta grilled cheese, stuffed pastas, meats and more. Their star dishes include their “entraña a la parrilla” (skirt steak) which they prepare with mozzarella cheese, tomato and prosciutto, and “lomo envuelto en panceta” (tenderloin wrapped in bacon). For desert don´t miss the traditional Argentine vigilante (cheese and quince or sweet potato jam) which they of course turned into something unique by using Brie and syrup.  (Find the full menu here).

They also offer special menus on occasions such as Valentines Day and Friendship Day, amongst others.

The restaurant opens from Wednesday to Sunday from 8.30pm to midnight. Reservations are encouraged. Olazabal 1422, Belgrano. 4781-4504. brotesdelalma@yahoo.com.ar

Top 5 Downtown Restaurants

 

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Tomo 1: Situated in the centric Hotel Panamericano, Tomo 1, which has been around for more than 40 years, offers some of the  best local and French inspired gourmet food in Buenos Aires. The upscale elegant ambiance, the gorgeous bar,  extensive wine list and the delectable food, make this a foodie haven to experience. Carlos Pellegrini 521, Downtown. 4326-6695.

Sipan: A recent boom of Peruvian-Japanese fusion restaurants have sprung in Buenos Aires and Sipan is one of our top picks.  An upscale downtown restaurant with a secondary Palermo location, they offer product quality above all.  Not only is their food exceptional but also, their wide range of piscos make it unique in town. If passion fruit, seafood, condimented rice and a pisco sour sound like a treat to you, then you will love Sipan. Paraguay 624, Downtown. 4315-0763. info@sipan.com.ar.

Dadá: This lively restaurant in the heart of the city is always full and for good reason. Its famous Lomo Dadá is reputed to be one of the best beef dishes in town. If you like a colorful, bustling atmosphere with a cafe feel and fantastic food then Dadá will deliver! San Martín 941, Downtown. 4314-4787

Club del Progreso: Traditional ‘Porteño’ food is served in this elegant historic club, which dates back to 1852. The stately restaurant with its antiquated decor, and open courtyard is the place to go to for a great meal and a trip back in time after, or before, an event at the Colon Theatre. Sarmiento 1334, Downtown. 4372 3380.

Club Sueco:  Scandinavian food is great for sit down dinners and also for light on the go lunches. Open sandwiches on rich rye bread, salmon, cheeses, greens and great pastries are part of this northern European cuisine´s charm. The Club Sueco, on the 5th floor of a ideally located building the downtown area is one of the city’s best options for this kind of meal. The clean, well-lit room, and the top quality ingredients, and recommended dishes like fish pâté make it the go to place for a great meal in the city.  Tacuarí 147, 5th floor, Downtown. 4342 0888.

Chimichurri

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Chimichurri is a traditional sauce made from herbs, garlic and vinegar that is used on meat at asados.  It is said that the name of the sauce comes from the British. Allegedly, the English men associated the spice-based sauce with curry, so when they wanted it they said “give me curry” which was locally understood as chimichurri.

There are many ways to make the sauce and we have included just one of the many recipes. Whichever way it’s done  we recommend you make it a few days ahead to enhance the flavor.

 

Ingredients:

● 250 ml water (1 cup)

● 60 ml vinegar (¼ cup)

● 60 ml vegetable oil (¼ cup)

● 1 Tbsp coarse salt

● 1 Tbsp dried oregano

● 1 Tbsp thyme

● 1 Tbsp ground chili pepper

● 1 Bay leaf

●  Fresh parsley

● 5 garlic cloves, chopped

Preparation:

Heat the water, vinegar and salt until they boil.

Mix all the other ingredients except for the oil and incorporate them to the water mixture.

Allow to cool at room temperature.

Add the oil.

Store covered in a glass jar.

 

Recommended Restaurant: El Baqueano

The concept behind this successful auteur restaurant is to reincorporate native meats which have been excluded from popular cuisine. Their nine course tasting menu which changes monthly includes innovative dishes made with quail, hare, rhea, alligator, prawns from Puerto Madryn and other local delicacies. A unique approach to the native meat eating culture.

El Baqueano
Chile 495,  San Telmo
4342-0802

Opening Hours: Tue- Sat 8pm-12pm