Spanish Gastronomy Week

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For the first time, Buenos Aires is celebrating one of its biggest culinary influences, Spanish cuisine, in its first edition of Spanish Gastronomy Week. The event will take place until the 21st of April and includes special tasting menus created by Spanish chefs Beatriz Sotelo Sequeiros and Juan Manuel Crujeiras Lista at Bernata restaurant, Alfonso Santiago Martinez at Hernán Gipponi Restaurant, and Oscar Velasco Martín at NH City.  There will also be films screenings and documentaries at Teatro Sha in Abasto, live music, and an in the dark finger-food tasting theatre performance at the Teatro Ciego, also in Abasto.

At HG Restaurant, Hernán Gipponi and Alfonso Santiago Martinez have combined their talents for the midday and dinner menu, inspired in Asturias cuisine.  Some of the highlighted dishes include Asturias fabada, bonito fish with the presence of classic Spanish ingredients such as olives, aioli and other regional delicacies. Book your place at 3220-6820.

Spanish Cuisine and History at El Imparcial

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One of the great things about Buenos Aires is the many culinary influences from around Europe due to the city’s unique immigration patterns. Another great thing about the city is that it preserves many of the traditional spots to sample these, mostly Spanish and Italian (and delicious!), dishes.

El Imparcial is the perfect example. This Spanish downtown restaurant is actually considered by historians to be the first restaurant in the country and dates to 1860! Additionally, politicians such as president Arturo Illia and Alfonsin, renowned cultural figures such as Borges and other popular icons like Sandro have visited it.

Nowadays, the restaurant preserves its historic atmosphere and is also a great place to savor potato tortillas, paellas and typical stews (pucheros).

 

Hipolito Yrigoyen 1201, Downtown. 4383-2919.

Top 5 Restaurants in Recoleta

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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 in Buenos Aires. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4808-2100.

 

Oviedo- This upscale Spanish restaurant 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.

 

Restó- Set in the local architects society, this intimate auteur restaurant is the favorite of many local chefs for its quality and innovative dishes. Edible flowers,  exotic vegetables  and  recommended stuffed quail are all part of  chef  Guido Tassi´s flavorful repertoire. Montevideo 938, Recoleta. 4816-6711

 

Almacen de los Milagros- Maria Milagros Padilla and her associate Martin Baquero combine their knowledge of cuisines from Tucuman., Patagonia, Spain and France in this restaurant that is open as a cafe during the day and as a gourmet auteur restaurant at night. Quintana 210, Recoleta. 4814-0533.

 

El Cuartito- Considered by some to be the best pizzeria in the city, El Cuartito, which has been around since 1934 is undoubtedly legendary. Great for a quick on the go slice in a lively environment, or for a low budget meal, plus, you really shouldn’t leave Buenos Aires without trying the typical fugazzeta pizza and faina! Talcahuano 937, Recoleta. 4816-1758.

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