I’m not sure why a restaurant would want to call itself The Office: a word with horrendous connotations for most of humanity. When we lived in Valencia, Spain, there were two: The Office and La Oficina. And both were great! Almost as though they were trying extra-hard to prove that offices don’t have to suck. Buenos Aires’ The Office, in Palermo, adheres to that trend.
The Office is an USA-style bar and grill in the Cañitas section of Palermo, serving up a wide range of burgers, along with staples like chicken wings, cheese fries, ranch dressing, onion rings and nachos. The main draw is an incredible terrace, perfect for mild evenings, where there’s a big screen showing classic films every week.
We were invited by the owner to try out the burgers: finally, a big, hearty, US-style burger in Buenos Aires. I must have been unconsciously jonesing for a taste of home, because I devoured my burger in no time flat. Not even sure I bothered to chew. I went with la clásica, while Jürgen had a BBQ Bacon burger that was insanely topped with onion rings. As an appetizer, we ordered a generous portion of chunky guacamole. I had no room for dessert, but the brownies looked so delicious. Just as Bruce Banner unwillingly becomes the Hulk when angry, when mild-mannered, fitness-conscious Mike Powell sees a brownie like that, he transforms into something unholy. With a furious grunt of angered impatience, I ordered the brownie and mampfed it down in one terrifying gulp.
As you might expect, The Office is popular with US expats, but it’s also well-represented by porteños especially during movie nights. If you’re in Palermo and find yourself in need of a burger-fix, check it out.