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Fine Dining in Buenos Aires

Mikey | May 2, 2005 05:46 PM

Okay, I asked many people for opinions on where to dine and on where to dine big in BA. I wanted swanky, hip, fine dining, elegance and I wanted to do it up big for my 40th. And, I was not disappointed in the least. What a city. The refinement is not to be believed and the tree lined streets are truly like being in the 16th or near the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It is a mix of Madrid, New York and Paris with such a European influence in the culture, not unlike Rome. For top dining, I recommend Bar Uriarte which is filled with people enjoying some of the greatest food to be had in Buenos Aires. Also, high on the list is Cluny. Another VERY hip place filled with the celeb types but with the least impressive of food was Casa Cruz. All the new and popular places are in an area called Palermo Viejo. It is a fascinating area with older homes and with people walking the streets at all hours. Another absolutely wonderful place is a Spanish restaurant called Oviedo which was outstandingly good. Skip the touristy sidewalk cafes near Recoleta, including La Biela and Cafe de la Paix. Of the long line of places one does stand out called Lola which was wonderfully good. Great italian influence in the food and very fresh ingredients. Naturally, dulce de leche and beef can be found on any menu and it is very good. I did manage to try Cabana las lilas and was not disappointed by the food but was not overwhelmed. It is typical of the Argentine parrilla which provides you with so much beef you don't know how to consume it. Great for quantity over quality lovers. Don't get me wrong, the beef is excellent but the dining is not super creative. Fantastic empanadas though and loaded with people. If you want atmosphere, don't think about skipping a meal at either of the resturants in the new hip hotel La Faena which is dripping in sensuality not unlike the Delano in Miami. The food is very good as well. Another wonderful place for lunch near the museums is a place actually called "Museum". Having tea at the Alvear Hotel is quite an experience and certainly I have to vote this the best apple pie I have ever tasted in my life with some of the best ice cream ever imaginable. An ice cream chain called Freddo is well worth the calorie intake. Speaking of, the citizens of Buenos Aires eat fattening food all day long and are skinny as rails. Go figure. The dining is very similar to that is Spain. Breakfast consists of "medialunas" (croissants) with jam. Don't pass up any Argentine preserves since the berries are some of the best I have ever tasted. Lunch is served between 1 and 3 and dinner is not usually until 9:00 at the very least. 10 is the usual. So how do you last until then? It is the tea time. You will notice the city cafes filled with people between 5 and 6 having coffee, a pastry or a tostada with ham and cheese. It is a great way to take a break before finishing your shopping and napping before dinner. Such a civilized way to live. Coffee is excellent as are the bread products. Thanks to everyone for his or her recommendations.

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