Güerrin: A typical Buenos Aires restaurant
If you're looking for a classic place (this is typical ambiance, food, waiters and tables) then this is THE place!
One con: I'm afraid your clothes will be rather smelly when you leave...
Favorite Dish: Hhhmmm... so many to name! The pizza is very good but if you want to go for a local dish then try "milanesa a caballo." This is schnitzel (thin piece of beef covered in breadcrumbs) with fries and a fried egg on top.
As for dessert, flan with dulce de leche would be the most typical one. Also budín de pan, panqueque de dulce de leche, etc, etc, etc.
Visit their webpage and check out the pizzas! (pics and prices)
El Imparcial: Traditional Spanish food with an argentinian twist
This restaurant is 140 years old. Since 1860, the restaurant has been serving Spanish food and Argentinian selections. And it is a good place to eat if you want to take a little break from meat .
The decor is simple, the place is clean and well lighted. Service is good and provided by experimented waiters (all male) that reminded me of classic Italian waiters.
Weekends are very busy, especially Sunday. Local diners come in after 10 and things can get hectic, but don’t worry as I said before, the waiters know what they’re doing.
Since Argentina doesn’t have a law against smoking in public closed spaces, the restaurant has a very relaxed non-smoking section..actually it’s non existent. So be prepared for some second hand smoking.
Favorite Dish: As soon as you sit down, you will be treated to a complementary glass of sherry.
Gran Paella a la Valenciana is one of the specialties. It is very fresh and comes with a decent selection of seafood, however I would add some pieces of chorizo and artichokes.
Fish is also a good choice in this restaurant. The Merluza Negra Grillet or the Gran Parana a la Parrilla are both safe and yummy choices.
But if you want to try Spanish classics, have a big appettite and don’t have to work afterwards, try the Fabada Asturiana or the Caldo Gallego.
The wine list is first-rate and prices are reasonable.Related to:
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Cabaña Las Lilas: Don't Believe the Hype
While the service, ambience and side dishes were excellent I'm am absolutely puzzeled as to how this restaurant can be considered a great steakhouse.
My steak came well done after I ordered it medium rare and the replacement was far from tender. I also tried bites from everyone at the table and found their cuts also mediocre. The chefs here could also use some lessons as they make a large cut in to every steak to make sure it's cooked to order. This allows the precious juices to leek out and is unnecessary as you can tell how cooked a steak is by checking its firmness.
Favorite Dish: The salmon carpaccio was an excellent appetizer.
Lomo Restaurant: Hip, trendy Palermo Viejo restaurant
Lomo is a very hip and trendy restaurant - lounge - record shop. It is located in the equally hip and trendy Palermo Viejo neighborhood. As you are dining they play music mixes and if you like them then you can buy the CD's in the record shop on the 2nd level. This by far was my favorite restaurant in Buenos Aires. Too bad I waited to eat there on my last full night in town.
As you enter they have leather chairs and semi-circular couches placed for waiting on friends and enjoying a drink. The first level has a bar and dining area, the second a record shop and on the third, another dining area. They also have a rooftop dining area, but on the night I went it was raining, so it was closed.
The service and staff are very friendly and promt. The night I went it seemed most of the patrons were foreigners.
Favorite Dish: I had langostinos(shrimps) dish for an appetizer. Lomo(filet mignon) coated in black pepper.
For wine, I had the Saint Felician malbec.
Dessert was fresh fruits with ice cream.
And a double expresso.
Everything I had was excellent.
Cabaña Las Lilas: Peter Luger's is Second to Cabana Las Lilas
In my opinion, this has got to be the best parilla in all of Buenos Aires. I know some may disagree, but for me, when I ate at a steakhouse and the medallon de lomo melted in my mouth on 3 separate occassions, I was convinced Cabana Las Lilas was the best.
There's a small table cover per person. At lunch the table cover is 12 pesos and at dinner 14 pesos. The table "cover" includes dried tomatoes, mozzarella, olives, peppers, and delicious garlic bread. It comes on a huge plate, about 16 inches in diameter and gives enough to snack on while navigating the menu. You can see the tray in my pic.
This is a steak lover's paradise, so if you are not a steak aficionado, you might not do justice to the quality of steak here.
Octavio Caraballo is the owner, and Las Lilas raises their own cattle on their own private farms.
Main dishes will run between 38-44 pesos. appetizers 12-18 pesos, and desserts around 16 pesos.
If you're going for lunch, make sure you show up on time. Lunch is only served between 12-3:30. I say that because I saw people being turned down from going in after 3:30 at the front door.
Favorite Dish: Medallon de Lomo--I had it 3 times.
Chorizos Bombon--little mini sausages, yum!
La Bourgogne: Alvear Palace's French restaurant
Travel and Leisure rated La Bourgogne the number one restaurant in South America (9/02). Wine Spectator gave it the distinction of being one of the "Best Restaurants in the World for Wine Lovers." (11/02 and 9/03). Latin Trade magazine said it was the best restaurant for executives (2/03).
La Bourgogne is Latin America's only Relais Gourmand restaurant. What does that mean? It's an exclusive membership. There are only 154 Relais Gourmand restaurants worldwide. Only 77 are part of a hotel. New York City only has 2 Relais Gourmand chefs, Paris 4, and London has none. This place just gives Buenos Aires another reason to be one of the great cities of the world.
The kitchen's fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices all come from executive chef Jean Paul Bondoux's private farm.
An incredible dinner and an even more incredible desert!
Favorite Dish: Lomo sauteed in flaming cognac.Related to:
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Lomo Restaurante: Palermo Soho: Beauty and Bife co-exist at Lomo
This place is a guaranteed hit on three levels: ambiance, food, and service.
The ambiance is trendy, hip, and upscale. There is an outdoor roof patio upstairs too. The photos of the place from the various VT members speak thousands of words.
The Food was equally good. There is a small 3 peso cover for each person. I had the Pate a la Lomo for 8 pesos which was delicious. The Tostadas en la Gloria was also delic for 11 pesos. Appetizers will run 8-12 pesos. (In BA they call appetizers Entrees).
Entrees (in the U.S. we call the main dish an entree in BA they call it a Plato Principale) will run 29-35 pesos. The Lomo Relleno for 32 pesos was good on both of my visits.
A cup of Terraza Malbec will run about 9 pesos but my favorite was the Saint Felicien 2002 Malbec/Merlot that I had. This wine was smooth and unfortunately it's not available in the U.S.
The dessert was also good on both visits.
On a final count, LOMO had good service too. The manager Raquel Gorospe was very friendly and willing to offer suggestions about to do while in BA. We chatted with her for a few minutes after dinner as she gave us pointers on the Palermo Viejo scene.
A group of people from France meet at Lomo on Monday nights too.
Lomo Recors upstairs also offers an eclectic mix of cds for about 27 pesos each. From the Smiths to the Beatles to Jimmy Hendrix.
Favorite Dish: Pate a la Lomo
Bottle of Saint Felicien! From the Fincas Catena Zapata group, which unfortunately isn't widely available in the U.S.
El Trapiche: Palermo Hollywood's Best Bife
The grilled meat at this place was magnificent. From the fillet steaks to some really delicious pork flank.
I had the bife de lomo for lunch.
If you like spicy food, try their chimichurri sauce. I was literally sweating bullets when eating this stuff it was so hot and I have a high tolerance for hot food too.
Many locals were in this restaurant. Not many tourists around.
Good size servings too.
Favorite Dish: Spicy chimichurri.
Christophe: Palermo Hollywood's French/Spanish Fusion
Time Out BA calls Christophe ,"a charming chalkboard bistro," which means instead of getting the kind of menu you can hold in your hand, the waitress will bring out a menu written on a blackboard about 3 feet by 2 feet.
Menu items range from rabbit tarragon (danayoffe had this) to super basil brushed liver salad. According to Time Out, "The daily menu is king, adapted to both what's best in the local market as well as in the mind of the owner-gastronome--Christophe Krywonis."
I visited Christophe twice. Both times, the Gazpacho soup was ranked delicious by everyone who ordered it. And both times, the Chocolate Moelleux was ranked really superb by everyone who ordered it. Danayoffe claims she'll go back just for the Chocolate Moelleux. Both times I ordered the Ensalada Christophe (per the advice of my first waitress) and I wouldn't hesistate to order it again.
Appetizers will run around 9-12 pesos.
Entrees 22-27 pesos
Desserts 9-14 pesos
Bottled water 3.5 pesos
Coffee 3 pesos
Lunch for two total 89 pesos (including 10 peso tip)
Favorite Dish: Christophe Salad
I was first introduced to Saint Felicien combination wines here. I know some wine connoisseur's in Buenos Aires might deprecate the Fincas Catena Zapata group for mass marketing their wine, but as an American where many of their varieties are unavailable, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a convert.
Central: Palermo Hollywood's Pioneer
History has it that Central was one of Palermo Viejo's first hip and trendy restaurants during it's infancy stages of gentrification.
The ambiance is like a hip New York restaurant. You could literally take Central out of BA and put it in Soho Manhattan and based on ambiance alone, it would pass Soho's standards.
They have alot of creative dishes here. From deer pate to sea bass in black olive sauce. I had the brie salad and a t-bone. Both were good, but not over the top deicious. Nonetheless, I would still go back and expect a predicatably good meal.
Appetizers 10-12 pesos
Entrees 19-23 pesos
Beverages 3 pesos
Favorite Dish: The brie salad was my favorite dish as I just love cheese mixed with fresh baby greens.
Bokoto: Sushi in a nice courtyad in a trendy area
If you want to go to an area of town that is "in" with locals, this is a great place. The neighborhood is called Las Canitas, which is part of Palermo/Belgrano. There are many many good restaurants here, and I like the atmosphere. Bokoto Sushi is nice because they have a very nice outdoor seating area in their courtyard. No loud music, so a good place to talk. You can order sushi by the combination, or they offer a deal on "All you can eat sushi", which is expensive by Argentine standards, but not expensive if you have dollars or Euros. The all you can eat price is 35 pesos per person, so about $12 or 9 Euros. They also deliver anywhere in the city of buenos Aires, in the event that you don´t feel like going out....
Favorite Dish: Sushi
Lomo Restaurante: palabra santa argentina
This is a very well designed and comfrotable restaurant. It has a beautiful terrace on the second floor for those who prefer outside dining during the sunset. And inbetween the floors is a record store!
Favorite Dish: We only had a drink, but try the Liquado, something inbetween milk shake and juice. They have different kinds of it.
Cabaña Las Lilas: Best steaks in Buenos Aires!
I guess even a mediocre steakhouse in Buenos Aires is probably better than a good steakhouse in the U.S. They weren't kidding when they say that Argentina has the best meat! I don't normally eat meat, but I decided "when in Rome...." :) So, prior to my trip to Argentina, I started eating a little bit of beef in the U.S. so that I can compare. Well, the conclusion is that the steaks in BA are really yummy!! :) Cabana las Lilas has a great atmosphere that's more casual for a higher end restaurant. It's fairly big and it's right on the water with an outdoor patio. As you are waiting for your table, there is a big bar area with tables where the servers will come by with complimentary empanadas, mixed nuts, and champagne. The only complaint I had was that the service we got was somewhat mediocre. Granted, it was a Friday evening and VERY crowded, but still....Also, FYI, everything is served a la carte so you have to order side dishes separately if you want something else besides your choice of meat. Cabana las Lilas has their own estancia (ranch) from where they bring their beef for their restaurant.
Favorite Dish: I actually got shrimp since I don't normally eat meat so I had a bite of everyone else's which was really good. They also serve this cheese bread that is really yummy as well! :) The shrimp was actually really good! It was just cooked in olive oil and some seasoning and served (head on and everything) with potatoes. I'm not a beef expert, but I hear that some of the good choices are Ojo de Bife (rib eye), Bife de Chorizo (T-Bone), and Medallon de lomo (Tenderloin). The cows produce better meat because they are raised on the Pampas eating grass, unlike the US.
Hereford: Excelent location
The restaurant is very nice and it's what Argentinos call a PARRILLA so be prepared to eat meat from real argentinan cows grass fed.
If you happen to drop by on a work day might be quiet and peaceful, otherwise be prepared for families and smokers.
Anyhow, the staff is very nice and knowledgable. The maitre d knows his job and every time we've visited (several occassions!) they have invariably recommended excelent wines.
Favorite Dish: Of course MEAT is the best choice. CHINCHULINES are my favorite (being mexican I tend to go for curious-exotic dishes) and my husband highly recommends the Hereford Bife (HUGE steak).Related to:
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La Chacra: If you want to try the famous Argentinian beef...
The restaurant is located on Avda Cordoba between Avda 9 de Julio and Suipacha.
The food is deliocious and the staff does everything to spoil you to the max. If you are interested, you can get a lecture for the different types of meet for free.
The prices are more then acceptable in comparison to the quality of service.
The local brandy is called grappa. Don't believe them when they say it is very strong :)))Related to:
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