Masticar has come and gone but fear not, fellow gourmands, because Buenos Aires Food Week is just around the corner.
From October 1st through to the 14th, BA food week will be hosting its 12th edition, which will see 44 of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires showcasing what they have to offer at a discounted price. I guess that summer body will have to wait one more week. Well, actually two.
The premise is pretty simple: You’ll be able to tuck into a three course meal for AR $320 for lunch and AR $450 for dinner at each featured spot, which will also welcome you with a complementary Aperol spritz to freshen the palate. The only caveat is that after that you’ll have to dig into your pockets because further drinks and tips are not included.
Because it’s been such a quiet week in Argentina (I’m being sarcastic), I compiled the top five places to go check out, at least according to me, to prevent you from getting stuck trying to figure out where to go because, let’s face it, you won’t be able to dine at all the 44 restaurants in only 14 days. I hope.
(Also, maybe it should be called the Buenos Aires Food Fortnight, because it’s 14 days? Although I must admit “fortnight” doesn’t sound as catchy and appealing. And FYI, the whole thing started on September 24th, although it’s only available for MasterCard holders until Monday. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.)
So without any further ado, here are my five picks. Enjoy.
All of you sushi fans will be able to eat at one of the most renowned sushi restaurants in the city and experience Japanese cuisine with an Argentine twist. The food is beautifully laid out and bursting with flavor, offering something a little bit different than the typical Argentine parrilla.
It’s quiet picturesque garden, covered in greenery, makes this place a perfect lunch spot. Its sense of calmness is somewhat surprising seeing as it lies in Palermo Hollywood.
Behind a large door awaits a whole world of Mediterranean flavors. The Ureña chef, Damián Giammarino González, has spent the majority of his career in Southern Europe and is now applying this knowledge and experience to his dishes here in the City.
The restaurant offers a spacious dinning area and has a chilled vibe that is ideal for couples. Don’t worry fellow singletons, it’s perfect for a cute meal with your bestie as well.
If you’re looking to venture out of the Palermo bubble, go visit this Italian novelty in the middle of Retiro. Despite its American name, Cincinnati will transport you to the heart of Italy, with Neapolitan pizza and its array of authentic pastas, as well as a selection of amazing cheeses.
A personal recommendation: Get the grilled octopus. Cooked in a wood fire, it has a nice smoky flavor. You can wash all this down with their signature cocktails created by Fede Cuco, or have a glass of red from their extensive wine list.
(Photo via Cincinnati)
4. Puerta del Inca
Located in the historic heart of San Telmo, Puerta del Inca gives you the opportunity to see the original architecture of the iconic Belgrano Passage, which creates a very quirky dining experience.
This place hosts some of the best Peruvian flavors your palate will ever experience. The classic ceviche is to die for; the fish is marinated in lime juice, cilantro, onion pica pica, and accompanied by glazed sweet potatoes and fried corn. You won’t regret trying it.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can taste a selection of four desserts. Because sometimes it’s hard to choose between a chocolate mousse and apple crumble.
5. Rufino Argentino
When you enter you’ll step into a dimly lit dining space that illuminates the sophisticated decor. You can tell that a lot of thought has been put into the design of this place, with its collection of wooden carved tables and chairs. If fine dining is what you’re after, then keep reading.
Located in the Recoleta neighborhood, Rufino’s new cutting-edge culinary style puts the classic parrilla to the test, bringing us a creative yet traditional menu. This should be a top destination next week for all of you meat-eaters out there.
Rufino is built on the premise “from the producer to the table”; in other words, this place ensures that everything put on your plate is made from high quality ingredients.
A personal recommendation: Try the garlic stuffed mushrooms. Delicious and hard to come by in BA.