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“Cocina Sunae "Secret Restaurant"”

Sunae Asian Cantina
Ranked #13 of 5,325 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Filipino, Thai, Vietnamese
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Palermo
Description: Welcome to Sunae Asian Cantina! Cocina Sunae is now called Sunae Asian Cantina. Starting Wednesday, Dec. 30th 2015 at our new place at Humboldt 1626, Palermo. Open Monday through Saturday evenings. We are no longer a closed door restaurant.
Reviewed October 31, 2012

I had the best Southeast Asia meal here in Buenos Aires last week. It's in a restaurant that's called "Cocina Sunae"

This is a "behind the closed doors" kind of restaurant which means it is located in the Chef's house. It's not very big but the atmosphere, the food and the service was amazing! They are open from 8pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. You need to order your entree choice at time of reservation. The cost is 150 ARG peso for a 4 course meal and the price includes water and tea. They have a different menu every week. I will definitely go back there again before i leave Buenos Aires. Here's their website: http://www.cocinasunae.com

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Thank Amy6172293
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

We are a British couple who have just spent 3 weeks in BA. We had heard about closed door restaurants and decided to go for this one as we hadn't seen many Asian restaurants around the city. We had a great evening and would highly recommend it:
- lovely setting in the owners house (we were greeted warmly by the chef's husband on arrival)
- the food was terrific - and we've both travelled a lot in south east Asia as well as eating in some of the best Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in London so feel we have experienced what good food from the region should taste like
- wine list was good and reasonably priced
- flavoured teas (eg jasmine or lemongrass) were amazing afterwards
- service was outstanding and They offered to call us a taxi as we had our tea
- overall very good value for money as food was excellent, decent portion sizes and very fresh tasting

Tables are not communal however so it is more like going to a normal restaurant than a dinner party as we have heard some other closed door restaurants described. We arrived at 8.30 and there were 2 other tables there- most people had arrived by about 9pmish

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Reviewed September 15, 2012 via mobile

Fantastic food with a very friendly environment. More intimate than a restaurant because you tend to talk with other guests

Thank N8w
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

For closed door restaurants this is a 'go-to' for a solid meal if you're looking to get back to some Asian flavours. Sunae never disappoints - you'll always leave there happy. I highly recommend one of her signature drinks to start off the meal as you dine and observe the room. At this puerta cerrada you don't necessarily sit with other people - which is a nice change. Very good option for a nice romantic dinner. Highly recommend.

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Thank Thecanadianreviewer
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

I don't write reviews but my experience here compelled me to offer some kind words. Simply put, Cocina Sunae is amazing. This wife/husband collaboration offers an intimate setting where one can experience genuine Southeast Asian cuisine. I was impressed by the variety and the flavor of Chef Sunae's dishes. From Thai tamarind shrimp to Filipino lumpia, the taste was authentic. Chef Sunae, her husband, and the staff are fluent in English and Spanish so you'll have no problems communicating exactly what you need to make your night memorable. Whatever your language, there's no doubt you'll interpret their warmth. Whether you're a regular or a backpacker passing through, they will make you feel most welcome - for you are, in fact, a guest in their home. And making sure their guests get home safe, after your meal, they'll offer to call a taxi for you. I even witnessed the husband offer to walk an American couple to find the bus stop. True professionalism. Call ahead for reservations, visit the website, and go for it. You'll be happy you did.

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Thank Michael Y
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