This is a traditional drink served in Buenos Aires. the nearest way I can describe it is somewhat bitter tea.
I tried this with someone I went to dinner with. I made a complete fool out of myself first trying to pour hot water on mate and then trying to stir it vigorously.
I really did not like it too much and guess that it is an acquired taste.
Cafe Libertad is on the corner of Libertad and Santa Fe and was a stone's throw from my hotel. I fell in love with the empanadas they served. This is a flaky pastry filled with either meat, ham and cheese or chicken. I tried every possible combination they served.
Another snack that I loved was the 'milanesa' which is breaded meat deep fried. (This is usually served with a side of fries which I do not eat).
A lot of cafes in BsAs are open till till 2 am
Favorite Dish: The side of lomo - very tasty beef. However unless you ask fotherwise, the beef is cooked super-rare.
It took me a couple of days to translate 'I like my meat well done' in Spanish.
Some general tips about different foods (not necessarily restaurants)
1) Buenos Aires has the most incredible ice cream - it's mostly made by artisanal means also (using all natural ingredients - milk, cream, fruits, etc). Freddo is probably the most famous chain but their quality has diminished since having been bought over by a large corporation. Persicco (www.persicco.com) now holds the crown for best - and most popular - ice cream in Buenos Aires. The catch: not many Persicco locations at this time, they are keeping it small and fairly upscale (take a look at their ice cream parlors / cafes - marbles, couches, halogen lighting everywhere). Chungo is a worthy second though: all their chocolates have a lusciousness not found in other chains. Their closest shop to downtown is at Las Heras and Rodriquez Pena (near Recoleta) In the absence of either I opt for La Veneciana, an older chain with great quality. You can get a small icecream with 2 flavors in it for a few pesos anywhere in these chains
2) Please try the alfajores - you can get them at Havanna (shops and cafes all over town). The chocolate and dulce de leche alfajor is delicious. If you want a dulce de leche (milk caramel) rush, try the "Havannets", although I've found most of my american friends find them too sweet - you can however get coconut Havannets (essentially a soft, very moist macaroon dipped in semi sweet chocolate) which are delicious
3) if you are in a rush, I can always recommend some of the options on the main malls food courts. The food is much better than what you find in the US malls (no hot dog on a stick here, people) , and you can find tons of healthy options from salad bowls to quiches to pastas to steak sandwiches (guilty pleasure - the "lomito" withe everything at Lomiton, which has an outlet in Galerias Pacifico, which is a steak sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onions, fried egg and ham, all for about $2 US)
Dining in Buenos Aires
Naturally, there are fine French and International restaurants in Buenos Aires. Undoubtedly the very best of these has the rather unusual name of "The Dining Room in the Mansion" . The Mansion is an exquisite, French-style building that had been the home of one of Argentine's elite land-owning families.
The dining room is decorated in dramatic French-Rococo style with high ceilings, warm oak paneling, a large, open fireplace and original parquet floors. Unique silver and antique tableware combine with the decor to create an air of elegant splendor. The restaurant offers cuisine that would honor any of the top Paris restaurants and the people who enjoy it are the likes of Argentina's President Menem or Kerry Packer, the Australian megamillionaire who comes to Buenos Aires to cheer on the leading polo team he owns there. International bankers, Argentina's top Industrialists and their international counterparts and leading Heads of State dine here while in Buenos Aires.
Around the corner from the elegant Park Hyatt is another clutch of restaurants at La Recova-Posadas. Some, like Piegari, are new. Others, like Harpers, are branches of restaurants in the suburb of Recoleta, the other area of B.A. where society Portenos frequent, not only for the excellent cuisine offered there, but also to see and be seen.
Favorite Dish: The Recoleta strip along the Plaza Roberto M. Ortiz has charming Parisian style restaurants with indoor and outdoor sections, the latter for alfresco dining in warm weather. The best-known of these is probably El Gato Dumas, whose flamboyant owner-chef is one of the best -- and best-known -- in the city. Dumas has a high exposure, with television appearances that make his face familiar to Argentineans. When the country's excellent national airline, Aerolineas Argentinas, wanted to offer the best possible inflight cuisine, it was Carlos "Gato" Dumas who created their world-class inflight menus.
His cuisine at Gato Dumas, like those of Harpers and Piegari, is French with a strong Argentine influence. And a few doors from his restaurant you will find the Cabana Las Lilas, a classic Argentine steak restaurant that is a superb introduction to this country's wonderful beef.
This is a list of places where you can eat pizza in Buenos Aires!
Cabiria (Todos los días, mediodía y noche - Paraná 1209 - Te: 4811-2222 - Tarjetas) El decorado se caracteriza por los afiches de filmes de Federico Fellini. Angelo Visentin ofrece una carta donde dominan las pizzas. Buena la focaccia, $ 12, con su estupenda masa a la piedra cubierta de ingredientes fríos como mozzarella y tomates frescos. Hay fettuccine al ragú di coniglio (conejo), $ 13, agnolotti de ricota con salsa carbonara, $ 10. La base está, pero el servicio es lento y carta de vinos debería ofrecer más variedad.
Angelín (Av. Córdoba 5270 - TE: 4774-3836 - Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 5 a $ 15 por persona). Un sitio pintoresco de Buenos Aires donde saborear una típica pizza de "cancha", solo con tomate y de masa muy fina. Para los golosos, tiene un menú que incluye una amplia variedad de gustos.
El Codo de Oro (Alberti 1901 - TE: 4941-0315/1031 - Noche de martes a domingo - $ 10 a $ 15 por persona). Fue un lugar frecuentado por deportistas y artistas. Ya no van más, pero conserva la buena pizza hecha en horno de leña. Buena fugazzeta y napolitana.
El Cuartito (Talcahuano 937 - TE: 4393-1758 - Mediodía y Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 7 a $ 15 por persona). Una de las pizzerías tradicionales de Buenos Aires, con mucho movimiento y estilo bolichón.
Favorite Dish: Fellini (Paraná 1209 - TE: 4811-2222 - Mediodía y Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 15 a $ 30 por persona a la carta y menú ejecutivo al mediodía de $ 16). A la noche ofrecen música en vivo y baile.
Filo (San martín 975 - TE: 4311-0312/1871 - Mediodía y Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 15 a $ 30 por persona). Se especializa en pizzas y pastas de muy buen nivel, con ricas combinaciones de salsas.
Los Inmortales (Av. Corrientes 1369 - TE: 4373-5303 / 4375-3026 - Mediodía y Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 15 a $ 25 por persona). Uno de los lugares clásicos y más auténticos de Buenos Aires.
Pizza Piola (Libertad 1078 - TE: 4812-0690 - Mediodía y Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 20 a $ 30 por persona). Excelente las pizzas a la piedra, con ingredientes muy bien combinados y novedosos.
Romario (Juncal 2124 - TE: 4827-0506 - Mediodía y Noche de lunes a domingo - $ 8 a $ 20 por persona). Un ambiente agradable y barrial. Buenas pizzas y empanadas, especialmente la fugazzeta, rellena con queso y cebolla.
Pizza Cero (Soldado de la Independencia 1150 - TE: 4778-7222)(Village Recoleta) Noche de Lunes a Domingo (El precio por persona va de $ 18 a $ 20). Se destacan algunas especiales como la "Pizza Cesta", con palmitos, langostinos, ananá flambeado y muzzarella. La decoración es sobria pero de buen gusto.
Banchero - La Boca Suárez 396, Capital Federal. Tel. 4301-1406. No se aceptan tarjetas. Todos los días, mediodía y noche. La pizza es media masa al estilo tradicional y se agregado de una especialidad típica de la casa: la fugazzetta con queso y cebolla. Y antes de comerlas es de rigor pedir una buenísima fainá especial a la genovesa
It was 10 30 pm when I found this restaurant in Junin not too far from the hotel Ayacucho Palace..in ricoleta near the big street santa fe.
The design while simple is pleasing to the eye, the lighting is not harsh. pleasant waiter who spoke with a thick porteno accent..
There are only a few items of the menu. small kitchen and just a young woman cooking. the owner who is older supervises.
there is a set menu with main dish, either a pasta, or a chicken or meat dish with postre and water or wine or beer and coffee
Favorite Dish: I had chunks of tender beef in a bed of thai rice and stirfried vegetables.
agua con gas
flan con dulce
all of this for under 4 usd. plus the owner offered me a glass of lemon licor.. which i sipped while the music of caetano veloso drifted in..
i liked this place and i thought it was good, since i was eating alone ...
In Buenos Aires there are a lot of restaurants ando also are very important. A place where are a lot of restaurant is 'Puerto Madero´, that is the place where it is situated the port of Buenos Aires. Some famous restaurants are 'Divyno Buenos Aires´, 'Chiquilin´, 'La Caballeriza´, 'Cristal Garden´, etc.
Favorite Dish: My favourite menu is Pizza with cheese, tomatoes, etc.
Argentine Food is definetely great...
You can also find great international cuisine.
Favorite Dish: What to eat in Buenos Aires....
You must try:
* Alfajores de Dulce de Leche - Go to 'Havanna' that is a very famous place to buy 'alfajores'. 'Alfajor' is a kind of little cake with chocolate, dulce de leche (milk jam) in the middle, GREAT!!! It's really sweet, so if you don't like sweet tastes, avoid it, but if you like sweets you will love them!!
You'll find another tastes also!!
* Empanadas: Empanada is a very, very, famous meat
here in Argentina. It's kind of little pie with meat; ham and cheese; corn; onion and cheese; etc, etc, etc, you have other options. It's also a very cheap option but it's something you must try if you visit Argentina.
*Choripan: is a 'chorizo' sandwich, the 'chorizo' is a kind of saucice really good!! and it's also really cheap and you can eat it while you are walking...
If you have a little more money you can go to a parrilla, you can find it everywhere and almost are really good and quite cheap. Most parrillas are humbles places but really great. You obviously must find other kind of parrillas, more expensives and sofisticated that the others but as good as the cheapest one...
Also try: 'dulce de leche pancake'; 'chipa'; 'churros';
and the 'parrillada' among other tipical options
There are a lot of places to eat in Buenos Aires. I'll strongly recomend going to a 'parrillada portenia' where the best meat is cook over charcoal. Argentina is very famous for its meat but I also suggest to try the pizzas or pastas that are delicious there.
Most of the best places to eat in BA are in the downtown. You will find good restaurants at a moderate prices in Av. Corrients (Los Inmortales, has the best pizza in BA), Av. Santa Fe or Av. Lavalle.
All the restaurantes in the zone of Puerto Madero are great, but a little expensives. If you enjoy the good food you won´t be desappointed.
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS!!!!!
AIN´T A BETTER PLACE IN THE WHOLE WORLD TO EAT THAN ARGENTINA!!!
Because of our descendants, we´ve got:
THE BEST ITALIAN PIZZA, PASTA AND ICE CREAM!! SPANISH FOOD, BRITISH SWEET STUFFS, GERMAN BAKERY AND OF COURSE, THE BEST MEAT YOU´VE EVER TASTED BEFORE, EVER!!!
· El Desnivel - Argentine parrilla
Defensa 855 (tel 011/4300 9081). One of Buenos Aires' great bargains, this popular no-frills parrilla offers good food at rock-bottom prices.
· El Obrero - Argentine
Caffarena 64 (tel 011/4362 9912). Best atmosphere in town at this Boca institution - tango, football and home-cooked food. Cheap-moderate.
· Freddo - Ice cream chain
Various, including Galerías Pacífico, Av. Córdoba and Florida and Av. Guido and Ortíz, Recoleta. With flavours from grapefruit to raspberry mousse and infinite varieties of chocolate, this ice cream makes it worth experiencing the overwhelming heat of a Buenos Aires summer.
· Sarkis - Middle Eastern
Thames 1101 (tel 011/4772 4911). Delicious middle eastern specialities such as tabbuleh and keppe crudo (raw meat with onion) in one of Buenos Aires' prettiest barrios.
· Basque Français - Seafood
Moreno 1370 (tel 011/4383 5021). Over a hundred years old and still serving some of the best seafood in Buenos Aires. Expensive.
You're never far from somewhere to eat in Buenos Aires and some of the most enjoyable meals are to be had in cheap and cheerful neighbourhood restaurants. In the centre, there are a number of good reasonably priced restaurants just off Corrientes in Uruguay and Montevideo. If you want something a bit more upmarket, however, you could head to Puerto Madero, the recently recycled port area, although its large and expensive 'themed' restaurants lack a bit of character. Equally expensive, although slightly less artificial, is the hugely popular Las Cañitas area in front of Palermo's polo ground.
Argentina's great gift to world cuisine is undoubtedly the parrillada or asado - grilled or barbecued meat (usually beef, but also chicken, lamb and pork) and various cuts of offal including, if you're lucky, the highly prized 'mollejas' or sweetbreads. When cooked 'al asador' the meat is staked around an open fire. Accompaniments are simple: bread, french fries, salad and plenty of Argentina's excellent red wine. Pasta, pizza and empanadas (meat, chicken or vegetable pastries) are other staples of the Argentine diet but if you hanker after Turkish, Basque or Japanese cooking, someone in Buenos Aires will be serving it.
It's worth bearing in mind that most porteños don't go out to eat much before 10pm, so unless you want to have a heart-to-heart with the waiting staff you should probably do the same.
Anything that feeds on the Pampas grasses; beef and all dairy products, are terrific.
While most people equate this to Argentine Steak, I equate it to the best pizza in the Western Hemisphere!
In addition, ice cream is an art in Buenos Aires; the city is dotted with gelaterias; the best flavour is 'Dulce de Leche' which is a type of caramel.
Also - Argentine wines are really quite fine. Do research before you leave (check the Wine Spectator) and you'll be amazed at the quality/price.
Favorite Dish: It's been several years since I was in Argentina, but three food groups still stand out in my mind: the empanada, Argentine beef, and the flat sandwich. Empanadas, the perfect food to eat while walking around the city, consist of pastry wrapped around some kind of stuffing (which can include meat, vegetables, cheese, or whatever the cook has on hand). I had some fantastic samples of these while exploring the city. Argentine beef needs no description or advertising: it's the best beef I've ever tasted anywhere. Finally, the flat sandwich (which I've recently learned is called a 'sandwich de miga') is far from haute cuisine--it's basically a white-bread sandwich, crusts removed, and pressed to the thickness of a handkerchief. For some reason, these sandwiches seemed to be the staple food at all receptions, gatherings, and parties we went to in Buenos Aires. I doubt that anyone in Argentina would nominate the flat sandwich as the country's national dish, but it sure seemed like it to us.
En Buenos Aires se come bien, eso está claro, los argentinos son muy dados a los asados de carne, las pizzas, el mate y el champagne.
La tradición culinaria de Italia, España y Francia dan sus frustos al mezclarse con las tradiciones argentinas. Deliciosos postres se comen en Buenos Aires y una serie de galletas y pasteles típicos de Argentina. En cuanto a los restaurants, los mejores están en Palermo y Puerto Madero.
Existen atracciones como el Hard Rock Cafe.
Here we have several restaurants, very good..al of them, like: 'PIZZA BANNANA' or 'LOS AÑOS LOCOS', if you like good meats...you have also 'LA NONA INMACULATA' if you preffer some Pasta...
Well..about prices...you have to many options...there great and expensives restaurants, and another ones not that expensive, but with great food too...
Favorite Dish: I´m vegetarian...so I won´t recommend a barbecue....I always preffer a great PASTA plate, with too much cheese...taste it! And then tell me about it.