Buenos Aires’ food scene continues to evolve after each of my visits. Of the many eateries I visited this year, here are five that you must add to your BA itinerary.
Cocina Sunae: What started out as a one-table restaurant in her home in Buenos Aires is now the city’s best-kept secret, and perhaps, some of the hardest reservations to come by in the BA. Asian-American Chef Sunae was born in Korea and raised in the Philippines and New York City. She opens up her home every Thursday, Friday and Saturday to about 50 guests (2 seatings) and serves up some of the most amazing Asian-inspired dishes this side of the equator.
Colegiales: exact location to be confirmed with reservation
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Sipan Palermo: I’ve have fallen in love with Peruvian food and the Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant Sipan Palermo at the Palermitano Hotel reconfirms why the cuisine deserves a more serious look from foodies around the globe. One bite of Sipan’s ceviche is all it takes to convert any non-believer.
The Palermitano Hotel: Soho
Uriarte 1648, CABA
Na Serapia: This dive joint across from Parque Las Heras serves up Northern Argentine comfort food in the heart of the city. There is absolutely nothing glamorous about Na Serapia except for the tastiest empanadas in town.
Avenida Las Heras 3357
Palermo, Buenos Aires 1425
Parilla El Pobre Luis: Buenos Aires is home to some of the best cuts of meat in the entire world. There are many parillas in this city teeming with steak houses but El Pobre Luis located in the BA’s small Chinatown is worthy detour from all the tourist traps in Palermo and Recoleta. During my visit, I met one of Argentina’s celebrity chefs having a big steak dinner at the bar with her husband and cute toddler.
Arribeños 2393, Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Lele De Troya: offer guests some of the most sensual dining spaces in the city; from the cozy red room to the dramatic green room to the sunlit yellow room. Lele’s features memorable Mediterranean inspired dishes without breaking the bank. The setting in Palermo-Soho makes it a perfect date-night venue followed by a leisurely walk through the tree lined streets filled with quaint shops, cafes and homes.
Costa Rica 4901 (@ Thames), Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires