Just when you thought that you were getting more than your fair share of calories with Semana de la Coctelería, BA Food Week has arrived to say, no amigo, you really aren’t. Any resolutions to get back into shape better go out the window now, as the food options the next few weeks will bring are far too good to pass up.
If you’re tired of the old steak and Malbec combo, BA Food Week is all about showing off the city’s cutting edge cuisine that doesn’t necessarily include the typical, albeit delicious gastronomic staples. The concept is simple: prix fixe menus at some of BA’s most sought-after restaurants, ensuring you snap out of your boring lunch or dinner routine in the process.
Having begun on April 2, the first week of foodie fun is reserved exclusively for MasterCard customers. If you’re loyal to Visa or any other provider (or earn your salary in cold, hard cash), starting April 9 and through April 22 everyone can join in on the fun at 31 participating restaurants city-wide.
Esto es así: el menú de #BAFoodWeek incluye 3 pasos (entrada, plato principal y postre) y aperitivo de bienvenida de Aperol Spritz. No incluye bebida, propina ni servicio de mesa. ¡Preparate!? pic.twitter.com/TsABfmitka
— BA Food Week (@BAFoodWeek) March 29, 2018
In keeping with the influx of Asian cuisine across the capital, BA Food Week Director and Founder Marina Ponzi says we can expect to see plenty of South Eastern Asian restaurants along with the porteño favorite sushi. Appearing in the list are also plenty of Peruvian gems and Mediterranean haunts. Looking ahead to the future of food, Ponzi says that while vegetarian cuisine had already risen in popularity, she hopes that the global trend will continue to replicate itself here in Buenos Aires, providing more diverse, high-quality dining options.
Always hoping to make life easier for you, The Bubble has selected a few of the highlights for you to munch your way through. Brasserie Petanque (Defensa 596), San Telmo’s answer to a slice of Parisian cuisine, offers French classics including a leg of lamb stuffed with tomatoes and fresh herbs, followed by tarte tatin. A hit with Ralph Fiennes, if it’s good enough for Voldemort, it should be for you too.
Also in San Telmo, Peruvian powerhouse Puerta del Inca (Bolívar 373) is where you’ll find the freshest and most flavorful ceviche. Housed in historic building renovated to include more modern comforts, its well-stocked and beautifully presented bar is something to admire either before or after your meal. If you still can’t manage to tear yourself away from beef, you can always go for the lomo saltado.
If comida Nikkei is your thing, try Peruvian and Japanese fusion sushi La Causa Nikkei (Av. Callao 1290). Offering an extra extensive set menu filled with much-loved traditional dishes like papas a la huancaína and sushi Nikkei bowls, their menu is a must try.
For some crowd-pleasing Mediterranean morfi, head to Sorrento in either Puerto Madero (Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 410) or to the keeper of their more extensive menu in Retiro (Posadas 1053). Filled with classics like tomato bruschetta and a real tiramisu, both branches serve up a mix of Italian and Spanish cuisines.
For Southeast Asian, transport yourself to Vietnam in Palermo’s Green Bamboo (Costa Rica 5802). As one of Buenos Aires’ inaugural Asian dining spots (around for nearly 20 years!), expect treats like rainbow rice paper rolls, pork dumplings, and steamed buns.
Palermo’s famed home to ‘indigeneous’ fusion cuisine, Inmigrante (José Antonio Cabrera 4667) have also creatively combined some of their most divinely delicious dishes to include selections of pesca del día served with grilled peanut lettuce and a white chocolate mousse topped with a lime and orange sauce.
All including an Aperol Spritz aperitivo, the set dinner menu is priced at AR $450 and the lunch menu at AR $290. A reasonable sum to spend on any meal, we know, but a great opportunity to enjoy a full three course menu in some of Buenos Aires’ most exclusive restaurants where a main could cost upwards of AR $ 600. Take note that drinks and our favorite cubierto charge are not included.
Leading wine distributor Peñaflor will be selecting many of the wines on offer throughout the event, from bodegas Finca Las Moras to Navarro Correas.
If you need any other reason to convince yourself, know that you can easily donate to a good cause. Banco de Alimentos, Buenos Aires’ food bank, provides support for those in the most desperate situations. It’s simple to donate what you can, as restaurants provide a small envelope alongside the bill. Since BA food Week’s launch back in 2013, more than AR $500,000 has been raised through donations.