The Wierd's have just returned from their 4th visit ,a 12 week stay in BA,culminating over 7.5 months in the city since the end of 2008.Loving it as much as we do,we have also become "creatures of habit"......returning to the museos,parks and restaurants that give us pleasure. Remember, this is just our humble opinion !! Yours may be completely different. We have always rented in Palermo Botanico. Howierd(DH aka Mr. Wierd) says Palermo Chico.
LA JOSEFINA on Lafinur.....across from Museo Evita gets the prize this year for the most dining experiences. 5. We had 2 lunches(NOT the ejecutiva) and 3 dinners. Why did we keep coming back? Asado Josefina NEVER disappointed. A huge portion and cooked just right. We also loved the mollejas,baked callabaza ,chorizo and the dips accompanying the bread basket. Enjoyed the wait staff and the ambience too. An easy ramble from our apartment.
TEA CONNECTION on Cervino,off Salguero saw us 3 X. Open at all hours, DH always had his salad w/chicken and goat cheese and I had the bowl w/shrimp, salmon,rice,soy and other seasonings. YUM.
PARILLA MI SUENO was always a treat when we found ourselves in Puerto Madero. For us, it was the choripan,others enjoy the lomo. Their table of toppings for these sandwiches TRULY "hits the spot". Also 3 visits.
JUANA M has been an old standby for years and yet we only dined there 2X this yr. The salad bar IS the draw, but on each visit, the bife de chorizo and the lomo were excellent. It's funky, too. Located on carlos pelligrini, just off the corner of Libertador.
EL CUARTITO Ahhhhhhh the Fugazetta Pizza! We've been going here for years and practically do NOT eat pizza in our town anymore...it doesn't compare. Located on Talchuano(bet. paraguay and marcelo de Alvear...I think).
The only LA DORITA we go to is the one on Humboldt. Their medio dia lunch can't be beat.....and yet we were only there once this yr. Always planned on getting back.
EL ESTABLO on Paraguay downtown was a BIG disappointment this yr. We went w/friends and ONLY the lomo was terrifc....leaving 4 diners wondering "what has happened?" Didn't return.
MELO in Recoleta was terrific the first time......a true let-down the second. I must say though, the grilled salmon IS superb.
MUNICH RECOLETA,next to Cafe Biela, turned out to be a wonderful dining experience, thanks to the suggestion of a friend. Howierd had chateaubriand and loved it...it was done perfectly and I had pork tenderloin w/mustard sauce. Had every intention of returning, but never made it back. Next trip for sure.
A NOS AMOURS on Goritti was a stop for lunch . One entry was delish......the other was average at best.
PARILLA PENA: 2 visits within 3 days of each other. The first was fab.....the second a disappointment. Go figure!
LOS CHANCHITOS was a fun experience and the food pretty good. Went w/friends and did lots of sharing. Located in Caballito.
Had never been to a MARU BOTANA, but while exploring Belgrano R stopped in and had coffee and shared a piece of SINFUL cake that had us wired for 24 hours!
ANNETTA'S for lunch on Cervino/Ugarteche was OK. Really enjoyed the ambience.
LA CHOZA on Gascon, off Scal Ortiz, about 4 blocks south of Sta. Fe. is wonderful. DH had bife de chorizo and I had entrana, that cut like butter. You MUST make reservations....practically every table had a RESERVADO card on it. This is how they do business here. Had been here for Sunday lunch in 2011 . Lunch is ONLY on Sunday. Best of all, walking back to the ap't takes away the calorie guilt.
OVIEDO was disappointing. While the risotto w/calamari and chiparones was tasty,DH really should have returned his lamb and the fish of the day didn't seem to be a winner. Other tables looked like THEIR dishes were more enjoyable. With a cubierto of 20 pesos/pp......we're not running back. perhpas YOUR recent experience was better.
PARILLA MARUCHA in the Belgrano/Nunez area: a terrific find.The chuleton Ojo de Bife is definitely the star of the menu. The breads,proveleta,pamploma chicken and asado de bife & desserts pleased us all. Dined here a week before departure but would certainly add it to my list for our next trip. They also have a 60 peso ejecutiva lunch that we would go to. Doors open for cena at 7:30PM for early birds like us.
Before I forget.....does Ralph's cooking on the Delta count??????His meals are always superb. Ditto for Teresa who cooks up a perfect asado at home, in addition to her additional culinary delights.
LE PAIN QUOTEDIEN on Salguero,close to Alcorta was an absolute pleasure. Did not "discover" it until the day we were leaving for the States.(sigh) Mind you, we passed it for 12 weeks and for some reason never thought of eating there. WHAT a mistake. DH had an open face eggplant,etc tartine and I had the chicken curry. The portions are huge. Ingredients are super fresh and the place has a lively vibe. Freddo used to occupy the space. Can't wait to return.
CADORE on Corrientes, remains my favorite helado joint. The dulce de leche and amargo chocolate are superb. Even took a liking this year to americana creme....the topping on several restaurant desserts.
We did not get to TARQUINO.......nor did we get to LO DE PAKA.....or even EL FUNDADOR......or CAFE SAN JUAN They were on our lists of firsts. Next time. Also need to try the BELLA I'TALIA GRILL on Segui.
We always went to EL OBRERO in La Boca,Don Julio in Palermo, Las Pizzarras in Palermo,etc. but just didn't make it this year.
We are definitely showing "our stripes". Mostly n'hood spots.......tourists not evident......... What was most disconcerning this year was the lack of consistency at the same restaurant.
I used the sautee pan I brought from the States more times than I thought i would. Purchasing very fresh veggies in Chinatown in Belgrano made the time i spent cooking worthwhile. The package of bife de chorizo I purchased at Jumbo one week turned out to be a fab at home dinner.
We drank much Nieto Sentiner(spelling?) Malbec DOC at the ap't. I found it to be great bottle at a fair price.
AND NOW.......it's back to cottage cheese, LOTS of salads and veggies(cooked & uncooked),DH's home made yogurt and HAPPY HOURS in Boulder.
Until the next time, Salud,dinero,amour....abrazos y besitos.