Restaurants & Bars 1

Buenos Aires medium

charcot | Jan 8, 2004 05:57 PM

November is a nice time of year to visit the melancholy city of Buenos Aires. Escaping the cold, short days of the northern hemisphere is a great treatment for seasonal affective disorder. I invested in Los Recomendades 2003, a retaurant guide that was invaluable (I have a used copy that can be had for cheap) Empanadas are to Argentina what hot dogs are to the USA. For a tasty empanada visit Buen Aguero, Aguero 2125 (Recoleta) ph 4806-7772, it's pretty much take out, the empanadas baked to order; do try the chicken. For lunch in the Recoleta area my favorite is Malandrino, M T Avelar 868, ph 4199-1754. Described in the guide as a "casual bistro, without tablecloths, a well cooked menu del dia with wine is 12 to 15 pesos. This place had a tasty tamponade like bread dip and the malbec was fine. Only lunches here except for Friday nites when they are openfrom 8PM to Midnight. In all lists of good retaurants is Oviedo, Beruti 2602 (Bario Norte) ph 4322-5415, open for both lunch and dinner. This is a good place to try some high end Argentinian Wine with your Patagonian Lamb, the stuffed mushrooms were good as well as the bollitas de verduras, otherwise known as vegetable fritters. Very pleasant ambiance, somewhat fancy without being stuffy, very good service. While Oviedo is a classic style restaurant, Sucre AT Sucre 676 out in Belgrano Chico, ph 4782-9082 is a cutting edge place. A concrete block construction, with igh ceilings and a cat walk above that leads to the rest rooms. The food is "modern, I had a leg of lamb which had been shreded and molded in to a tower, topped with potatoes, it was very good. I have a vague memory of a fried seafood salad before the lamb which was also very good. My last lunch was at Social Paraiso, Honduras 5182 (Palermo Viejo) ph 4831-4556. Its a casual place with delicious food. The appetizer of tomatoe confiture was a good first act, and the main of Bif de chorizo served with lyonasse potatoes was great. The whole meal washed down with a complementary glass of home made lemoncillo. speaking of beef, yes there are a lot of places that specialize in beef (parillas) At one of the more exspensive places I ate I had lomo (filet mignon) and was served two soft ball size steaks, enough for three meals. They were happy to provide a doggy bag. At a more traditional parilla, El Mirador, Av. Alicia M de Justo 202, located in Puerto Madero I had a cut of meat called Rosada, thich I think was a pork steak. Since they didn't serve wine by the glass, and I had finished a half bottle of Malbec and wanted one more glass, they compted me a glass of champagne. Puerto Madero is a rehabilateted area along the river which is closed off to cars and is a nice place to stroll or bike ride. I tried a few of the ice cream places, they were all right, but I must say that, for me, the gelato in Florence was far superior. I found the people of Buenos Aires very approchable, kind and willing to put up with my atrocious spanish. They peso is going for around 2.8 to the dollar so its not much of dent in the pocket book. Be sure to check out the Sunday Market in San Telmo. charcot

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