Buenos Aires in Argentina, one of the most sought after destinations by Brazilians, is also a great delight for lovers of the art of eating well.
the young chef Giovanna Perrone say it. in front of Casa Rios, in the Tatuapé neighborhood in São Paulo, she, who always travels in search of gastronomic inspiration, loves the Buenos Aires capital.
In the last month, he disembarked there and dedicated himself, for four days, to discovering the most appetizing news.
It was impossible, of course, to visit all the restaurants that deserve to be highlighted in this short period of time, but she guarantees that you can savor every minute – literally – to the fullest.
Here, Giovanna shares with CNN Travel & Gastronomy the tips of where to eat in Buenos Aires. Enjoy!
At the Hello!, they call themselves the “cajun gastropub”. It’s a young, relaxed and delicious place. inspired by the kitchen cajun – one of the mainstays of Louisiana cuisine, in the United States -, the dishes are full of spices and lots of flavor.
My recommendation is to start with the vermú drink – they use La Fuerza’s vermouth, with house soda and citrus syrup. For food, we went for de reina, a fried chicken sandwich with coleslaw; pollo frito (they sell the fried chicken parts separately; we ordered the wings); and cornbread, a kind of sweet corn “cake”, a delight. There are several sauces available – the best for me is jalapeño cilantro.
THE Mishiguene, restaurant by chef Tomas Kalika, it was one of the ones I was most excited to discover and I loved it. Currently, it occupies the 20th place in the list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants . The cuisine has a Jewish influence and the dishes are very well executed.
For starters, we ordered the babaganoush and the kibbeh naia, both simply delicious, fresh, full of incredible textures. And with it came a basket of breads with onion paste and crispy chicken, pickles and olive oil.
For the main, we went with the famous pastrón com hueso, a rib pastrami, served with a farfalaj risotto and honey and cognac cooking sauce.
I confess that this main course disappointed me a little: it came to the table a little cold, which for a meat dish with demi glace sauce is quite frustrating. Everything was correct, but without great emotions, it lacked textures and acidity to contrast with the smoked meat and the pasta.
To visit Mishiguene you need to make a reservation.
THE La Alacena is a cozy italian restaurant by the chef Juliet Oriolo. It’s the typical place that everyone wants for comfort food, with fresh pasta perfectly cooked and at the ideal point. The highlight of the lunch was the veal ravioli with cream of pâté, caramelized onions and sage.
THE La Carniceria It’s a small place with a super grill and a lot of meat. To start we ordered the mollejas with corn bread, honey, black garlic and curds, which were delicious.
Then we ordered a parrilla cut, a chorizo. And it satisfied all our desire for meat, it was all very good.
THE The Preferred opened in 2019, is from the same owners as the famous Don Julio, and has been marked as one of my favorite restaurants in life.
Exactly the kind of place that captivates me: seasonal ingredients, product focus, no frills and extremely well executed. The tip is simple: eat as much of the menu as possible. The milanesa is really amazing, as are the morcilla, the house sausages, the mussels from Rio Negro (the best ever), the cured trail and fainá. Finally, order the ice cream made in loco.
THE Don Julio no introductions. It currently occupies the 1st place in the ranking of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and I confess that when I go to a restaurant with a lot of fame, which has already become a tourist spot, I tend to think I’m going to be disappointed.
Here I think it’s important to talk beyond the food: this restaurant impacts the lives of many, and cares about the entire chain that surrounds them. They occupied an abandoned square, with the authorization of the city hall and 100% private investment, to build an urban garden where any citizen can harvest herbs and leaves for free, offer courses and a compost bin for organic waste.
At the carniceria (butcher shop that opened during the pandemic to accommodate the volume of meat that was not being sold in restaurants), they make a point of using the animal completely, thinking about each stage and each cut.
In the restaurant, we ate extremely well. Focus on the picanha cured, the marinated peppers, the entraña, the pumpkin and the dulce de leche pancake. In short, is it worth it? Very! But don’t go with the eyes of tourists only, try to understand why it’s so famous.
Obviously, reservations are essential here.
From the same owners of La Carniceria, the Chori Choripanes makes the best choripanes in Buenos Aires. Everything is made there, from the bread to the different types of sausage. We had the smoked cerdo, with mushrooms, lettuce, orange reduction and garlic mayonnaise.
THE Great Dabbang It has Hindu-influenced cuisine. I was extremely impressed with the amount of flavor present in the food.
Acidity, crispness, freshness, succulence… it was all there! What a nice surprise, simply indispensable. The favorite of the night was the leek in the wood-fired oven with guava and fresh Portuguese chestnuts.
At the famous Mercado de San Telmo, they serve a root choripán. THE Nuestra Parrilla It’s just off the market and has been open for over 20 years. Traditional and delicious, worth the visit!
Mishiguene Coffee, from the same chef as Mishiguene , the newly opened café offers a more relaxed cuisine. And I have to confess that I liked Café Mishiguene more than the restaurant.
Arrive early and order all you can eat. My tips are hummus, pickled peppers, laffa, papa bureka and pastrón sandwich. Mandatory stop! serve Breakfast also.
THE Nino Gordo It’s called an Asian steakhouse. But in my opinion it is a creative izakaya. I am passionate about Asian cuisine and I was extremely happy with our dinner. Make a reservation and go without fear of being happy. Everything is good!
More tips from where to have breakfast and small snacks
Narda Eater : if you have time, plan to spend a morning there and maybe even have lunch. The place is delicious, the menu is very fun with options for sandwiches, yogurts, toasts, salads, mezzalunas, alfajores and pies. The cheese pie with tree tomato jam is “from the gods”.
Atelier Fuerza: an artisan bakery with divine breads and mezzalunas. Tip: the best alfajores are from here, buy many, put them in a pot and bring them in your suitcase!
Juani Café : a very charming corner to have a delicious brewed coffee in the middle of the afternoon
Cavia house: here we can only drink tea and a glass of wine, unfortunately. However, it’s the kind of place worth going even if it’s just for a cup of tea. The place is beautiful, a retreat in the middle of the city. We were not able to have lunch there, but I leave it as a tip of a romantic place to be enjoyed calmly.
Antiche Tentazioni: an ice cream is always good, right? Here the order was dulce de leche and pistachio, and what a delicious gelato!
Bars in Buenos Aires
Three Monos: before dinner, to work up an appetite, we went to the Três Monos bar, which is number 33 at 50 Best Bars. Elegant cocktails, made with precision in a young and lively atmosphere. Open every day from afternoon until dawn, there’s no excuse not to go! The best drink of the night was Fuck Your Daikiri.
Atlantic Floreria: currently occupies the 5th place in the list of the 50 Best Bars, with a letter signed by renowned bartender Tatto Giovannoni. The bar is located in a flower shop, where you go down a ladder and come face to face with a long and very lively bar.
We arrived at the very end, but they were full steam ahead, music was loud and everyone seemed to be loud too. It wasn’t the best service or the best drink, I believe that in this case the high expectations got in the way. I would definitely come back sooner to get a less chaotic visit.
Los Galgos: a super traditional place, one of those cafes/bars where the waiters have 40 years of formal experience. We only took a vermú, but it is worth knowing.
La Force : La Fuerza Argentinian vermouth bar. We had some vermouths and took the opportunity to buy one of each to bring in our suitcase. Tip: if you have it, ask to taste or take the pear brandy called Cristalino.
I returned to Brazil with a bigger list of restaurants to visit than I went. I hope to return soon to discover all the flavors that beautiful Buenos Aires has to offer.
Source: CNN Brasil