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Punta Brasas – Not Bad in a Pinch!

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Grilling the Argentine Way

It was a Sunday afternoon, and we were stomping angrily around Palermo Hollywood looking for a place to eat. The restaurant we had wanted to go to was closed, and we had no backup plan. One of the bad things about eating in Buenos Aires is that restaurants have irregular schedules… Mondays, Sunday afternoons, Tuesday nights, closed. Advance research is always a smart idea. But one of the good things is that there’s usually another great option around the corner, regardless of where you are.

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Before we even got two blocks away, we encountered Punta Brasas on Bonpland and Honduras. We grabbed a spot on the upstairs terrace, and sat down for an excellent meal. I had a Caeser salad, and Jürgen ate stuffed chicken. The service was good — our waitress was there when we needed her, but stayed out of our way generally — and the prices were fair. Sitting in the sun with a bottle of white wine cooling in a bucket, and great food in front of us, it was difficult to be anything but happy.

But we almost didn’t go! It was a typically porteño scene: as we were approaching Punta Brasas, the door girl approached us on the sidewalk. “Looking food? Come in! So nice!” This is such a turn off. Even though we had planned on going there anyway, we almost turned around out of principle. Why do so many restaurants around the city employ this pushy tactic? Does anyone actually ever say “okay”? If anything, I have to believe that it drives business away.

Puntas Brasas
Bonpland 1694
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Tel: 4776-2784
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May 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm Comments (0)

Las Cholas

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On a Twitter recommendation, we stopped by a parrilla called Las Cholas on a sunny afternoon we were spending in Palermo. During our time in Buenos Aires, we’ve eaten at a lot of restaurants, and can safely say that Las Cholas is among the very best of them.

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Las Cholas’ location on Calle Arce is perfect. This tiny section of Palermo directly behind the polo field is advantageously separated from large streets and enjoys light traffic. A number of restaurants have set up here, and we joined the hordes of hungry people blanketing the sidewalks. But we were quicker (or more shameless) than the others, and snatched a coveted window table at Las Cholas.

Just reading the menu was mouth-watering, and once we saw the plates being delivered to other tables, we did a double-take at the prices. Huge portions of perfectly grilled meats for very little cash. Las Cholas would be a bargain anywhere, but especially in Palermo, where everything is noticeably more expensive than in San Telmo. We agreed upon provoleta as an appetizer, which is both (a) nothing more a hunk of baked cheese, and (b) exactly as delicious as that sounds. I had grilled quesadillas as my main course, while Jürgen decided upon the lomo, as he almost always will after spying it on a menu.

Thank god for technology like Twitter! Las Cholas has been just one of the great experiences we’ve had thanks to enthused tips from our social networking buddies. As our time in Buenos Aires ticks down, make sure to let us know if there are any other “can’t miss” dining or entertainment experiences!

Las Cholas
Arce 306
Tel: 4899-0094
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April 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm Comments (6)

Il Matterello – Italian Dining in La Boca

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Calle Martín Rodriguez in La Boca is the rough-and-tumble kind of street you’d normally want to avoid after sunset. But there’s one very good reason to set those concerns aside for one night: Il Matterello.

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When you take your table, it’s hard to believe you’re in the middle of a working-class neighborhood. Il Matterello is all elegance, but manages to retain a casual atmosphere. The staff is friendly, and goes out of their way to make you feel like family. Before leading us to our seats, the greeter asked where we were from, and took us over to a huge map of Italy to point out Matterello (it’s near Venice). The restaurant has become an institution in La Boca, well-respected by critics and popular with the locals.

The food was outstanding. I had spinach raviolis stuffed with herbs and Juergen had the tagliatelle verdi, following a beautiful salad. All the plates were excellent; the pasta is prepared fresh in Il Matterello’s open kitchen, and the sauces were rich and delicious. With a long list of sauces to choose from, you can mix and match them with whatever pasta you want… I just asked the waiter for his recommendation. We saved room at the end for homemade tiramisu.

Il Matterello is just a couple blocks away from the Boca Juniors stadium. The dining area is small, so reservations are recommended on most nights. If you’re in La Boca and looking for a great meal away from the tourist-oriented taverns of El Caminito, you won’t be disappointed with Il Matterello.

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March 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm Comment (1)

El Sanjuanino – A Rustic Recoleta Escape

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Immediately surrounding the Recoleta Cemetery, there are any number of restaurants with conspicuous English-language signs and inflated prices. Do yourself a favor and resist the bait. Instead, take a short five-minute walk to Restaurante El Sanjuanino on Calle Posadas, a classic in the area, with incredible food and excellent prices.

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We ate here shortly before visiting the cemetery, having done our research with the indispensable Guia Óleo: a popular restaurant guide for BsAs. I honestly doubt that better empanadas exist in the city. I doubt they could. There may be some just as good, but “better” isn’t possible. Emapanada-making, it seems, is an art that can be perfected.

In this well-bred, exclusive rincón of Buenos Aires, El Sanjuanino is an appreciated change of pace. It’s all wooden interiors, and you almost feel as though you’re visiting your grandparents out in the woods. There was a healthy mix of locals and tourists when we went, and the service was perfect: friendly but not hovering. Besides the flawless empanadas, freshly baked and enormous, we had homemade raviolis and matambre, a delicious rolled flank steak with vegetables and cheese. Locros and tamales are also favorites on the menu.

If you’re in the area and hungry for an excellent, filling and affordable lunch, El Sanjuanino has what you need.

El Sanjuanino’s Website
Posadas 1515
Tel: 4804-2909
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March 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm Comments (13)

A Sixteen Course Feast at La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar

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Make sure your mind is open and taste buds in fine working order before you sit down at La Vineria de Guaterio Bolivar, on Calle Bolivar in San Telmo. Dinner is a set menu, with sixteen highly creative dishes served over the course of three hours.

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And I do mean creative. How else to describe lamb tongue pate wrapped in pumpkin slices? Or frozen salmon balls? Or olive oil emulsions and meat topped with foam? We were continuously amazed; each of the sixteen courses set in front of us was a tiny marvel, some tastier than others, some more clever, but all unique. Every time our waiter (who resembled a handsome version of Borat) would approach our table with a new tray, I’d get a little fidgety. Nervously excited about what I was about to consume.

After setting down each carefully arranged plate, the waiter explained the ingredients, a bit about the preparation and concept, and how to go about eating the dish, which was not always as straightforward as put-fork-in-mouth. He also served wines; the menu allows you to sample Argentine wines appropriate to the food you’re eating. We had delicious whites with the appetizers, dry reds with the meatier dishes and sweet wines with dessert.

This wasn’t so much “dinner” as a cultural experience. Jürgen and I are in no way gourmets, closer to McDonald’s than Michelin, but we really loved our meal at La Vineria de Gualterio Bolívar. Though each of the plates was tiny, we left full and satisfied. The set menu is pricey, but definitely fair given the extraordinary amount of creativity in the food and the attention of the staff.

The restaurant is small and well-known, so make reservations if you want to go, and show up promptly at 9pm. All the guests are served at the same, so that the cooks can fully concentrate on one dish at a time.

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Bolívar 865
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Tel: 11 4361 4709

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February 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm Comments (5)

Parrilla Desnivel

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No type of restaurant is more characteristic of Buenos Aires than the parrilla. Just around our neighborhood, there are at least six hundred thousand parrillas. Six thousand million restaurants with open barbecue pits where steaks, sausages and offal are grilled to perfection and served to the bloodthirsty meat-eaters of the city.

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You might think one parrilla can’t all that different from the others. It’s grilled meat. How can a particular restaurant excel at that? But the quality actually varies widely, and so we wanted to chose correctly for our introduction to the art. And upon seeing the crowds packed inside Restaurante Desnivel, we made our choice. No surprise that Desnivel is so popular: the prices are low, the meat is high quality, and the service is quick, if a little brusque. No frills.

The steak I ordered was incredible. This was my first true Argentine slab of meat, and it was thick and delicious. Faultless. The rest of our food was great too, but paled in comparison to that steak. So juicy, I wanted dump the wine out of my glass, wring out my steak into it, and drink the bloody grease with my pinkie finger stuck out like a fancy caveman. So juicy, I wanted to use it as the world’s most delicious pillow, and lick it while I slept.

Because Desnivel is so popular, you might have to exhibit some patience before getting a table. It’s chaotic and loud, but if you’re looking for a perfectly grilled steak that won’t set you back too much cash, you can’t go wrong here.

Restaurante Desnivel
Defensa 855
Tel: 11 4300 9081
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February 17, 2011 at 10:51 pm Comments (3)

Status – Peruvian Restaurant

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“You’re right! That is totally Russell Brand! I don’t know, maybe he’s here for a movie premiere? He’s going outside for a smoke, I’m going to follow him!”

I returned about 30 seconds later. It totally wasn’t Russell Brand enjoying a meal in the popular Peruvian restaurant Status with us, just a hip porteño doing a good job of capturing his look. With the distraction gone, we could get back to concentrating on our incredible food.

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There are a number of Peruvian restaurants in Buenos Aires, but the one which came most frequently recommended to us was Status, near the Plaza Congresos. With huge portions, an unpretentious atmosphere, Russell Brand lookalikes, and unbeatable prices, it’s easy to see why so many people love it. The best sign: it’s frequented by Buenos Aires’ sizable Peruvian population.

Although the most popular plate is the ceviche (raw fish), I went for the carapulcra: a flavorful beef and potato stew with garlic and other spices served with rice. Love. The amount of food was tremendous, and we were glad not to have ordered appetizers, though we did save room for dessert: Suspiro de limeña, The Lima Woman’s Sigh, made of dulce de leche with a topping of meringue.

If we ever choose to live in Peru for 91 days, a huge reason will be because of the cuisine. A blend of European, Asian and indigenous foods, which is unlike any other country’s. Status is a great place to try it out.

Virrey Cevallos 178
Tel: 4382-8531
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February 15, 2011 at 12:12 am Comments (2)
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