Before I came here I rather ignorantly thought that it would be only beef on the menu. I’m pleased to say that Buenos Aires is up there with any other modern big city and have a wide range of great restaurants and healthy organic food too.
Since I stayed here for two months and on a bit of a shoestring budget I didn’t do fine dining but once in a while I enjoyed really nice meals out. Here is a selection of some of the highlights.
Starting with the main photo, this is one of the times I splurged and had a delicious lunch. Uco, a fantastic restaurant on Soler, in a great setting with it’s own garden within Fierro hotel. Excellent food and excellent service! As you can see every dish was like an aesthetic and culinary dream.
One of the first restaurants I visited, on recommendation, was Las Pizarras Bistro. A great little restaurant on Thames, run by the chef Rodrigo Castilla. We got talking and it ended with that I visited him and his lovely wife Valeria in their home and I had a photo shoot there for my book project!
Restaurant Ølsen on Gorriti has a Scandinavian apporach to both food and interior design. The restaurant and setting with it’s own garden, complete with a birch tree, is supercool. Just check out the awesome ceiling height! This is their modern take of a classic Swedish dish Biff Rydberg and it was really good.
Another restaurant with both a Swedish name and Swedish inspired food is Söder on Honduras. Newly opened when I just happen to pass by, it was a pleasant surprise. Cool raw interior design. Thumbs up for the artwork, recreating a typical Swedish milk carton! And no, it isn’t a wall decoration, it’s a real leg of ham having from the roof with a knife stuck into it!
My absolute favourite restaurant when I lived in Las Cañitas was Almacen & Co on Andrés Arguibel. Super sweet and friendly owner and staff, cute premises and great food! They also bye the way had a serious runner up for the best chocolate cake in the world, Torta del Diablo, a real bomb!
Cusic is a popup restaurant that otherwise does catering. I spent ages looking for it in the daytime and not succeeding. No wonder. The signs and menus are only put on display outside when there is an event. Beers and grilled hamburgers were served out in the courtyard. Nice ambience. Felt like taking part in a private party.
Ohsawa is one of several organic restaurants I was happy to find. This one serves macrobiotic food. Calm interior design. Ohsawa is on Honduras.
Bio Solo Organico on Humboldt is another vegetarian and organic restaurant.
Artemisia Cocina Natural in the corner of Gorriti and Arévalo is the one vegetarian restaurant that I enjoyed the most though.
Las Cabras is a parilla restaurant that is always full so it’s obviously a popular spot. Order bife de chorizo a tire de asado or lomo, a salad, wine and chichimchuri and you are all set. A fun and lively place to share a meal with friends in the evening, and very friendly on the wallet.
El Preferido on Jorge Luis Borges is an old grocery store turned in to a restaurant. Feels authentic Argentinean. I rate it more for the fun decor than the actual food though.
Copyright and photo: Anita Martinez Beijer