Located in the heart of chic Recoleta, the name of this small, stylish restaurant means "The Grocery Store of Miracles" and is a pun on several levels. Open for breakfast, lunch and tea, by day the restaurant presents a warm and welcoming informal attitude. For dinner, white table cloths and candles appear, and the place is transformed into an intimate romantic dining spot. (Miracle #1) Then, there is the food itself. My wife, who loves salads and can detect a wilted lettuce leaf before it dares approach her fork, proclaims everything here to be, well, beyond fresh. At lunch and dinner you can get two specialties not easily available elsewhere in BA. The first are empanadas from Tucuman, the province in the northwest of Argentina. In a word, Yum. Also on the menu under desserts is another specialty of the distant province: quesillo (cheese) from Tucuman, accompanied by sugar cane "honey" and prickly pear preserve, which unite in splendid collaboration. In between are main courses such as daily pasta specials; grilled fish breaded with spices, baked pumpkin, glazed onions and grilled fennel, or lamb loin with basmati rice, mushrooms and coriander. Chef Martin Baquero prepares this and much more from a small kitchen. (Miracle #2.) His partner is the sophisticated young woman who greets you warmly and runs the front of the place; her name is Milagros. She hails from Tucuman--hence the unique items on the menu--and devotes a percentage of her sales to local children and their school in Tucuman. Indeed, some of the mothers of those children create the jars of jams, honey and other delicacies for sale at the Almacen. (Miracle#3.) Although an English version of the menu is available, El Almacen attracts mostly locals, which somehow makes it all the more attractive for tourists like me. In any case, here is one more reason to love Buenos Aires.
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