As a lifelong resident of California, I must profess that my standard for food is pretty high (as are those of my VoyJoie clients). I spent a lot of time researching the food scene of Buenos Aires and really wanted to hit the current highlights, which I am happy to report are many! The Palermo neighborhood, in particular, has a huge array of choice and is known to be where the best restaurants in the city are housed. Below is the first half of my TOP TEN guide to Palermo Dining...trust me, it is worth going to Buenos Aires even if you do nothing other than eat! Buen Provecho!
Brooklyn meets Argentina at this raw but incredibly stylish restaurant located inside an unmarked mechanic shop. The plates, most of which are cooked within a custom wood-fired oven, are small and meant to be shared. Started by two young and bold chefs - Leo Lanussol & Augusto Mayer, it was clear to me why this is now considered one of the best new restaurants in Buenos Aires. We ordered twice, because the first time was just not enough! This is the type of place I would expect to see other chefs dining at - unpretentious, creative food with a soul.
*Note: No pics of the steak were taken because I was too busy eating the delicious thing....oops.
#4 Gran Dabbang
As a fellow diner advised us when we sat down, "just order one of everything on the menu, you will thank me." Gran Dabbang, named after a popular Bollywood movie, offers the most unique interpretation of Indian fusion cuisine I have ever tasted - blurring the lines between Latin and Indian cuisine.
#5 Trienta Sillas
In the past few years, there has been a huge surge of puertas cerradas (closed-door restaurants) popping up in the Buenos Aires food scene. Puertas cerradas are a network of underground restaurants operated by some of the best chefs in the city, where you can enjoy beautifully prepared prix-fixe meals. Treinta Sillas (Thirty Seats) as its name indicates only has 30 seats available at this private home tucked away in Palermo - there is not even a sign outside the unassuming gray front door so the whole experience feels very exclusive and special.
Stay Tuned for Part Two where I share with you the remaining must-eats of Palermo, Buenos Aires!
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