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These Argentine Restaurants Made the 2019 LatAm 50 Best Ranking

The ceremony was held for the first time in Buenos Aires at the Usina del Arte.

By | [email protected] | October 11, 2019 12:57pm

LatAm 50 Best

Think of it like the Olympics of food – or something. Last night, the ceremony to reveal Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants took place right here in Buenos Aires at the Usina del Arte located in La Boca. While there was strong representation from nearly every country in the region, Mexico and Peru took the lead with a whopping 11 restaurants each making the coveted list. But how did Argentina do? Not too shabby, actually! A total of eight local eateries were included in the prestigious ranking – now in its seventh edition here in LatAm – that is decided by a diverse group of 250 chefs, food industry leaders, journalists, critics, and more.

Before we take a look at which restaurants from Argentina were selected – and where they ended up among the top 50 – let’s check out the other winners, shall we? Snagging the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive year was Peru’s Maido, followed by Lima’s iconic Central in the No. 2 space (it also received the Sustainable Restaurant Award) and Mexico’s Pujol rounding out to the top three.

Things got local in the No. 4 spot: Don Julio jumped an impressive 20 places (!) to make its way well within the top five, solidifying itself as the Best Restaurant in Argentina and ensuring no one dares break the connection between the country and its beloved beef. Mishiguene was awarded the No. 20 spot, including a very special mention to chef Tomás Kalika for earning the Chef’s Choice Award after being chosen by his peers as the top culinary dog. Up next came Tegui at No. 25, followed by Puerto Madero’s Chila in the No. 29 spot; El Baqueano was ranked for the seventh consecutive year, this time No. 39. Elena at the Four Seasons garnered the No. 45 position, with global gastropub Gran Dabbang on its heels at No. 46. Finally, rounding out everything at No. 50 came Narda Comedor, the plant-focused Nuñéz eatery headed up by celeb chef Narda Lepes herself.

Overall, seven new restaurants made the list for the 2019 edition. Kjolle, Pía León’s outfit in Lima, was awarded the honor of Highest New Entry after ranking No. 21. De Patio (Santiago, Chile) came in at No. 34; Cusco’s Mil at No. 36; La Docena – located in Mexico City’s Polanco district – rolled in at No. 38; Manu (Curitiba, Brazil) ranked No. 42, and Mayta from Lima eked its way in at No. 49.

Latin America’s Best Female Chef 2019 was awarded to the badass Carolina Bazán, owner of Ambrosia and Ambrosia Bistro in Santiago, Chile. This is the seventh year that a special distinction has been made for female chefs – kind of a shame that it still has to be like that, given that it’s 2019 and all – in a move to promote inclusivity and equality in the food industry. Taking the stage, Carolina gave a powerful speech about her own doubts about accepting the award, the hypocrisy that envelops a ceremony that is overwhelmingly dominated by men, despite the historic role women have occupied in kitchens around the world for millennia, and the importance of effecting actual change on the road toward gender equality. It was a glimmer of hope and progress in an otherwise predictable and dude-heavy night. 

Check out the complete list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 below:

  1. Maido, Lima, Peru
  2. Central, Lima, Peru
  3. Pujol, Mexico City
  4. Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. Boragó, Santiago de Chile
  6. A casa do porco, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  7. El Chato, Bogotá, Colombia
  8. Leo, Bogotá, Colombia
  9. Osso, Lima, Peru
  10. D.O.M., Sao Paulo, Brazil
  11. Quintonil, Mexico City
  12. Isolina, Lima, Peru
  13. Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
  14. Alcalde, Guadalajara, Mexico (Highest Climber award)
  15. Pangea, Monterrey, Mexico
  16. Sud 777, Mexico City
  17. Maito, Panama City
  18. Maní, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  19. Rafael, Lima, Peru
  20. Mishiguene, Buenos Aires, Argentina (Chef’s Choice award)
  21. Kjolle, Lima, Peru (Highest New Entry)
  22. Harry Sasson, Bogotá, Colombia
  23. Oteque, Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  24. Lasai, Río de Janeiro, Brazil (Art of Hospitality award)
  25. Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  26. La Mar, Lima, Peru
  27. Rosetta, Mexico City
  28. Maximo Bistrot, Ciudad de México
  29. Chila, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  30. Ambrosía, Santiago de Chile (Latin America’s Best Female Chef award)
  31. Nicos, Ciudad de Mexico
  32. Le Chique, Cancún, Mexico
  33. Parador La Huella, José Ignacio, Uruguay
  34. De Patio, Santiago de Chile
  35. Olympe, Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  36. Mil, Cusco, Peru
  37. Restaurante 040, Santiago de Chile
  38. La Docena, Polanco, Mexico
  39. El Baqueano, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  40. Evvai, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  41. La Docena, Guadalajara, Mexico
  42. Manu, Curitiba, Brazil
  43. Mocoto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  44. Osaka, Santiago de Chile
  45. Elena, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  46. Gran Dabbang, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  47. 99, Santiago de Chile
  48. Malabar, Lima, Peru
  49. Mayta, Lima, Peru
  50. Narda Comedor, Buenos Aires, Argentina