Brunch. It’s a core pillar of the gay agenda, and it’s what makes the world go round. Really, it does, it’s been scientifically proven, so just accept it, OK? So if you’re jonesing for something more than just your typical Sunday gathering with amigues over scrambled eggs and coffee, take note: from September 1-22, Brunchear is taking over Buenos Aires, offering special discounts all week long at more than 30 of the city’s best restaurants and cafés.
Now more than ever it’s time to deny the misery and insanity that is happening across the world, and instead, drown our sorrows in endless Mimosas, bowls of granola, and fluffy towers of French toast. Denial goes down much more easily when it’s sugar-coated in maple syrup (or honey, which is a sore substitute used far too often here, but I’ll let it slide just this once). For three weeks, participating restaurants will offer special menus, crafted exclusively for Brunchear, available at a 25 percent discount to diners. Sign me up! Even better: Banco Comafi ÚNICO credit card holders will get an extra 20 percent off that. I can’t do math, but that sounds like a great deal to me. Take note that the first week of Brunchear – September 1-8 – is reserved for Comafi clients only.
Aptly, the first-ever edition of Brunchear is sponsored by the producers behind one of the most popular radio shows in Buenos Aires: Brunch on Metro 95.1. Speaking about the event, Nicolás Artusi, one of the show’s hosts and known to many more as the “sommelier de café,” said: “When we started the radio show ten years ago, we had to explain [to listeners] what brunch was. Not anymore. There’s been a cultural shift where brunch has left the hotel buffets – where it originated – out into the streets.”
We put together a quick guide to some of the standout Buenos Aires brunch menus, but definitely check out the complete Brunchear website for all of the information and details you’ll need to get your eat on.
This Villa Crespo gem is a perennial favorite and shouldn’t be missed, especially if you’re in the mood for a bit of a “classic hipster with a twist” kind of vibe. The Brunchear menu costs just AR $675 and includes toasted brioche with scrambled eggs and ham or avocado toast, fried egg, revuelto gramajo (one of the greatest inventions of all time), carrot cake, café con leche, lemonade, a mimosa, and a glass of sparkling wine. A lot of food, a lot of beverage, a lot of fun.
A great option if you’re dining with vegetarians or Celiacs, Green Bamboo brings its Vietnamese fusion to the brunch world with panache. For just AR $600 a person, the menu includes a big rice bowl with caramelized pork meatballs and fish sauce, Cao lầu, a Vietnamese noodle dish, eggs, extra rice, assorted vegetables and pickles, and a sắn cake, which is a delicious treat made with mandioc flour and coconut milk, served with coconut ice cream. To drink? Café con leche, jasmine or green tea, lemonade, and a glass of wine or sparkling.
Shakshuka, come to me. This is my brunch sweet spot, where I need super-flavorful comfort food that will soak up all the gin I drank the night before in anticipation of the mega-nap I’ll be taking on the couch as soon as I get home. For AR $667 each, you’ll get aforementioned shakshuka with a Jerusalem bagel, hummus and pita with za’atar (AKA the best spice mix ever), challah toast with spiced citrus jam and labneh, and tahini cookies. Wash it all down with coffee or tea, mint lemonade, and a glass of wine or sparkling. Truly, this menu is a mitzvah.
Buenos Aires Verde
Who doesn’t love a healthy moment? Brunch is often associated with excessive day drinking and eating, but it can also be a chance to nourish your body with something a little more noble. The menu at Buenos Aires Verde is intended for two people to share and costs AR $1,462 – but don’t die of sticker shock just yet. You and your boo will each get a hot drink of your choice, a cold drink of your choice, a cocktail or glass of champagne, and that’s just the beverages! To eat, a choice of whatever pastry you’d like from the bakery, homemade toast with queso y mermelada or pancakes with dulce de leche, frutos rojos, and chocolate. If you still have room, you’ll be treated to yogurt – classic, raw, or made with vegetable milk, with fresh fruit, granola, and honey. Then, scrambled eggs and “sausage” (spoiler alert: it isn’t real sausage), and grilled avocado with cheese. THEN, brioche with “tuna” (spoiler alert: it’s not real tuna) with coleslaw. Oh, you’ll also get roasted potatoes with cheese, onion, and mushrooms that are served with guacamole and hummus.
Spoiler alert no. 105: brunch extends beyond the confines of your beloved little Palermo. In fact, Moshu is one of the best spots in town, but hasn’t seemed to make many inroads among the non-local crowd yet. Consider this your chance to see what the fuss is all about. For AR $562, its Brunchear menu starts off with a plate of prosciutto with Brie, a poached egg, grilled tomato, and fresh arugula, followed by a waffle with frutos rojos, banana, and honey, homemade yogurt with chia and berries join the party, too. Don’t forget the mini ham and cheese scone, or the piece of cake – you pick which one (but go with red velvet or never talk to me again). To drink, your choice of coffee or tea, mint-ginger lemonade, a mini Campari-orange, and a glass of wine or sparkling. You’re welcome.
The complete list of participating restaurants and cafés is as follows: Yeite, Möoi, Malvón, Moshu, Adorado Honduras, Adorado Gurruchaga, Adorado Distrito Histórico, Adorado Mercado San Telmo, Bourbon Brunch & Beer, Broome, B-Fresh, Los Galgos, Root Café, Bilbo, Big, Rabbit Coffee, Lab Sucre, Duca, Komyun, Deltoro, Fayer, Buenos Aires Verde, Santal, Import Coffee & co. (Libertad), Piani by Le Marguerite, Hotel Home, White Bar at the Hotel Madero, Le Moulin de la Fleur, and The Avocado Company.