The Paris of South America, Buenos Aires certainly is not. Those in the city who have fallen foul of that common travel-guide-lie may have a French itch that needs scratching, and Atelier De Céline is the place to do it.
An authentic French restaurant in the heart of Buenos Aires’s traditional San Telmo neighborhood, Atelier De Céline takes you from the frenzy of the city to a tranquil retreat that could easily be hidden in a quiet corner of Aix-en-Provence. From the cave-like interior to the petit rooftop terrace the restaurant is the Porteño manifestation of Southern France.
The restaurant is the brainchild of Céline, who moved from the French town of Lille to follow her gastronomic dreams in the candor of Latin America. Converting the 19th Century San Telmo house into a traditional French home has given the place an intriguing Franco-Argentine feel, which is complimented by the classical French menu. A menu that Céline handcrafted herself, with inspiration from the most popular of French dishes. She has even snuck in a little duck, which is nigh on impossible to find in other places in Buenos Aires.
Well aware of the role good wine plays in ‘doing it French’ , Atelier De Céline has got you covered. Their wine list embarrasses those underprepared wine drinkers who gain solace from a ‘solid’ house wine. But help is on hand from their resident wine expert to save you from blushing like the rosé you’re trying to order, by offering advise on the perfect blend for your dish.
Atelier De Céline may not be in Paris, and the debate will rage on in guidebooks whether our fair city is indeed the Paris of South America, but one thing is certain – Céline’s restaurant is inarguably a heavyweight in gastronomique française.
www.latelierdeceline.com – Carlos Calvo 242 (between Balcarce and Paseo Colon).
Very walkable from the subway stops at Plaza de Mayo or from the following buses: 4, 8, 20, 22, 24, 28, 29, 33, 61, 62, 64, 74, 86, 93, 103, 111, 126, 129, 130, 143, 152, 159, 195