Argentina is famous for its beef, and going to a steakhouse, and one of our food tours of course, while in Buenos Aires is a must do. Many visitors to Buenos Aires though aren’t accustomed to eating as much beef as the Porteños, so ask us on our tours for recommendations for non-steak restaurants for a little break from steak and Malbec. It’s not quite as publicized as the city’s steakhouses, but Buenos Aires also has an exciting and growing non-steak restaurant scene, with Palermo being the center of it. This new generation of Buenos Aires eateries is characterized by a no-nonsense approach to the food, fresh ingredients, simple decoration and a social and upbeat onda.
Gran Dabbang – Influenced by Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine, this unpretentious restaurant serves some of the most delicious food in Buenos Aires. The menu is different everytime you go and made so you order several dishes to share, but the chard tempura is always available, and is great, and on a recent visit the pork buns were incredible, as was the lamb curry.
Scalabrini Ortiz 1543, Mon-Sat dinner only
Fukuro Noodle Bar – If it’s a cold day Fukuro is the place to go for a great bowl of ramen, some goyozas and a local beer. The place is simple, but has a very upbeat and fun ambiance. Don’t worry if there’s a wait as there is lots of seating that turns over quickly.
Costa Rica 5514, Tue-Sat dinner only
Nola Gastropub – Nola Gastropub exploded onto the local scene just over a year ago and is packed Wednesday-Monday. The New Orleans inspired food, and our favorite, the fried chicken sandwich, goes great with a cold craft beer made onsite.
Gorriti 4389, Wed-Mon opens 5 pm, also open for lunch Sat and Sun
Siamo nel Forno – Our favorite pizzeria in Buenos Aires, Siamo nel Forno is the only certified Napolitana style pizzeria in Latin America. The wood burning oven cooks the thin crust pizzas with simple high quality ingredients.
Costa Rica 5886, Tue-Sun dinner only
Cucina Paradiso – Best pasta in Buenos Aires, hands down. Our favorites are the wild boar raviolis and squash raviolis in a butter sauce. Always a little more expensive than you’d expect, but you have to pay for quality.
Arevalo 1538, Mon-Sat, lunch and dinner
La Esperanza de los Ascurra – An informal and great Spanish tapas bar in Palermo Hollywood. An extensive list of traditional tapas, with 3 sizes of available for each so you can share several. Also good traditional vermouth drinks.
Fitz Roy 1818 Tue-Sat lunch and dinner