Anything new In Buenos Aires?
I spent a month in Buenos Aires last April and had a fantastic time hitting up some of the great restaurants that the city has to offer. While there, I went to all of the places listed below (among others that I can't recall off the top of my head):
La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar
Defensa al Sur
Cafe San Juan
Les Anciens Combattants
I'll be returning to BA in two weeks and would love to try some places that I didn't get to last time, or anything new and wonderful that has opened in the year + since my last visit. Any suggestions for new restaurants that are wowing, as well as any recent info on the restos listed above that might influence whether a return trip was warranted would be much appreciated.
For any recommendations in Buenos Aires you should check the dates on your sources. Things open & close quickly and often. Both the Standard and Bar Uriate have closed. And to be honest, Mott & Olsen are not really worth taking a detour for. Not for the food anyway. Go to Mott for a drink then have dinner at Cluny which is diagonally across the street.
Not that I'm such a fantastic expert but during our week stay in Recoleta we went to Rodi Bar three times, La Cabana, La Chacra, and always went to La Biela for breakfast as their Chocolate Espanol is non pareil. I really liked all the restaurants on "Restaurant Row" along from the Biela. There was one German one that was great but I can't remember its name.
Exceptional quality at reasonable prices.
Excellent and hard to find dishes based on native species: llama, vizcacha, liebre,...
As far as reservations goes, I wouldn'bother. I've always found the place empty, or just a few tables busy. No idea what's the picture on special nights ( NYE &such ).
re: Casa SaltShaker
We ate at Tegui when it was newly opened last year. We had tried to book New Year's at Casa Cruz but they were booked & suggested Tegui. So though it was very expensive...U$S 250 per person, we splurged. Not impressed! Too expensive for what was offered and the Chef clearly was trying too hard. It was a very formal, uncomfortable atmosphere to the point of being boring. There were four of us in our party & we all felt the same. We had hoped for some festivity! The decor lacks sophistication. They have this uncomfortable round bordello looking couch near the bar...no where else to sit. The kitchen placed at the middle lower end comes off very nice. A very big let down for what we had paid.
If you wan to live an authentic gastronomic experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I strongly suggest you an Estancia Day tour, the perfect opportunity to know about Argentine traditions with the best local food. At the Outside of the capital city, there are some Estancias, like Don Silvano, La Alameda or Santa Susana, that allow to the visitors a day tour which includes reception with wine and typical Argentinean empanadas, horse back ride, tango and folkloric dance show, lunch with traditional barbecue and Show of Gaucho skills and finally will be able to take part of their gaucho day program which is a nice way to learn more about the Argentine culture and folklore.
I adored Juana M., a parilla in the Retiro. The food is quite good, including a decent salad bar, prices were great and the service was outstanding. And it was an utterly charming place - unpretentious, not particularly touristy despite being featured in several guides.
Was it the best food I had in my 2 weeks in BA? No, but it was certainly delicious. And really the atmosphere made it my favorite restaurant I went to there. In fact, I went 3 times. Loved it.