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Restaurants in Buenos Aires, Argentina: Gastronomy & Typical Cuisine

Restaurants in Buenos Aires, Argentina

To speak of Argentinean food is to speak of cultural fusion. The pastries, the pizza, the pasta, the meatballs and the "dulce de leche" (carmelized milk candy) are some of the many products from this fabulous country and the list of specialties are endless. The Argentinean cuts of meat are very particular and unique to this country. There are no similarities with other countries.

Some examples are the "bife de chorizo" or the "churrasco", which are excellent, juicy choices for meat lovers. Argentinean food has been influenced by European cuisine, mostly from Spain and Italy, and it is clearly reflected in the preparation of the dishes. The typical food of Buenos Aires is known as "Cocina Portena".

The Ritual of the "Asado" (Barbeque)

Buenos Aires Cuisine

Buenos Aires is known worldwide as one of the best cities for dining. The quality of the products and the gastronomic expressions are fantastic. Even though there is a lot of influence from international cuisine due to immigration in the late 19th century, there is nothing like the ritual of the "Asado" (Argentinean style barbeque). To prepare an "Asado" is, among Argentineans, something close to a cult of meat. It is just as important as soccer and has strict rules as well as a strong devoted following to asado perfection.

The "Asado" is not only the name of the action of preparing the meat, but the coexistence that emerges around this action. The Argentinean meat dishes are highly praised around the world and are sought after by the tourists visiting Argentina. The taste and texture of the meat are exceptional. The beef and veal are the most popular meats.

You can find lots of juicy cuts of high quality meat. The "Churrasco" and the "Bife de Chorizo" are normally the most popular. The meat melts in your mouth and the taste pours into your senses. You can find everything from the fancy restaurants to the low budget street grills, and you can bet that neither will disappoint you.

The Wine Industry

Buenos Aires Cuisine

Wine growing and wine production are two very important activities in this country. Argentinean wine is recognized internationally as one of the best and red wine is the most popular in the country. It is the fifth producer of wine in the world and the main market is local sales.

Mendoza is a region which is a very famous wine producer in Argentina. Wine tourism is an important activity and it has given a boost to the provincial economies. It won't be difficult to find a great wine at any wine store or restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Colloquial Craving

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You have to try the "choripan" which is a sandwich of a highly seasoned pork sausage also known as "chorizo", easy to find at any stand serving grilled meat. You can get a tasty Argentinean style hot dog called "Pancho". If you have the chance to try a "curanto," don't pass it up. The "curanto" is typical of South American cooking from the provinces. It consists of slow cooked meat, vegetables and other ingredients, all put together in a hole made in the ground, filled with red-hot stones and covered with the leafs of a plant called "nalca".

Argentinean pastries are delicious and affordable. You can find all kinds of pastries stuffed with all kinds of fillings. The most popular are those stuffed with mashed potatoes or veal. You can find sweet pastries which are as good as the salty ones.

European Influences

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Argentinean cuisine is considered high protein food. Beside the passion for meat, it is pretty normal to eat carbohydrates such as pastas, bread, pastries or pizza. Argentinean pizzas and pastas are well looked-upon by Italians themselves due to the quality of the dishes and the authentic flavor. You can find many kinds of pizza: wood-fired, stone-fired, pan, half dough, "pizza de cancha" and "pizza al tacho". The slices are usually accompanied by chickpea bread, dressed with olive oil also called "faina", and a glass of sweet wine called "moscato".

Pasta is the favorite food among the people of Buenos Aires and you can find all kinds of pasta like fettuccine, spaghetti, lasagna and much more. Eating pasta with bread is typical although in Italy, it is not considered very proper. The array of sauces is as diverse as it is in Italy, however, and the recipes are very similar.

Health food has become popular among the people of Buenos Aires as an alternative to meat. There are restaurants that offer all kinds of food. Russian, German, Polish, Irish, Greek, Chinese or Mexican food are some examples of the gastronomic and cultural diversity of Buenos Aires. Below is a list of the most important restaurants in this city:

Grills and Barbeques

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Cabanas Las Lilas
  • El Padrino
  • Los Anhos Locos
  • Rodizio
  • La Brigada
  • La Popular
  • La Fonda del Polo
  • Lo de Roca
  • La Zaranda
  • Parrilla Rosa
  • Gascon
  • El Parrillon de Recoleta
  • Vittorio
  • Cabana Don Pegual
  • El Estanciero

Cocina Portena (Buenos Aires Cuisine)

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • El Querandi
  • La Convencion
  • Dique Cuatro
  • Gardiner
  • La Catedra
  • La Cantina de David
  • Los Chanchitos
  • Luigi
  • Club del Vino
  • Pippo
  • Todos Contentos
  • La Fonola
  • Oso Charlie
  • El Portugues
  • EL Gitano
  • Burzano
  • La Rotiseria
  • La Pascana

Creole Cooking

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Gourmet
  • Tucumanos Ruiz
  • La Cupertina
  • El Sanjuanino
  • Gourmet
  • Ragu
  • Rossi
  • El Puentecito
  • La Querencia
  • Muy Argentino
  • El Horno
  • Pecari

Italian Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Novecento
  • La Parolacia
  • Cara Napoli
  • Cabiria
  • Rossi
  • Provoletto
  • Campo dei Fiore
  • Broccolino
  • Sapore de Mare
  • Fellini
  • Romario
  • Los Inmortales
  • El Codo de Oro
  • Angelin

Spanish Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Oviedo
  • Club Espanol
  • Veracruz
  • Pintxo Bar
  • Morrina
  • Museo del Jamon
  • Rincon Hispano
  • Laurak Bat
  • Al Andalus
  • Centro Asturiano
  • Jose Luis
  • Centro Vasco-Frances
  • Plaza Mayor

Mexican Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Frida Kahlo
  • Xalapa
  • Coyote
  • Chicano Bar
  • Cielito Lindo
  • Maria Felix

French Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • La Bourgogne
  • Cala
  • La Porcherie
  • Te Matare, Ramirez
  • Restaurante Mediterraneo
  • Christophe
  • Chez Beal

Arabian Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Sarkis
  • La Alhambra
  • Cheff Iuseff
  • Keif
  • Hanan
  • Garbis
  • Nuevo Horizonte

Kosher Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • El Gorro Blanco
  • Mis Raices
  • Cocina y Cia
  • Mediterraneo Restaurante

Polish and Russian Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Troyka
  • Casa Polaca
  • Ruso

Greek Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Mikonos
  • Placa

International Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Clark's
  • No se lo Digas a Nadie
  • Claridge's
  • Il Cesare
  • Vizzio
  • Bickcio Resto Bar
  • Florian
  • La Brasserie
  • Tago Mago
  • Lola
  • Errazuriz

Asian Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Haiku
  • Kitayama
  • Morizono
  • Shogun
  • Buddhaba
  • El Dragon
  • Hsiang Ting-Tang
  • Morizono II
  • La Casita China
  • La Cantina China
  • Gran Bar Danzon
  • Nikkai

German Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Gambrinus
  • Abc
  • Bodensee Bierhaus
  • Frank
  • Bar Aleman
  • Konstanz
  • Zum Edelweiss

Health Food

Buenos Aires Restaurants
  • Yuyo Brujo
  • Lotos
  • Dietetica Cordoba
  • Ying Yang
  • Artesano
  • Jugoso
  • La Casa de Osawa

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