To escape from the usual

It is a fact that food in Argentina is genuinely good. As everybody in the world knows, even those who have never been to Argentina, the meat is the best in the world. And the way they prepare it, slowly on the parilla, makes it exeptionaly tender, tasteful and unique. Trust me in this : I was practically a vegetarian before I came here, but I never say no to an asado.

The typical Argentine restaurants always have meat (asado) on their menu, together with chicken (pollo), and milanesa (breaded veal escalope, but here it also comes with chicken). In some places they also have pasta, but always with the same sauces : fileto (tomato), blanca (and yes, you can mix these two then you its called ‘rosa’), and roquefort.

And that must be about it. Although Argentina has a huge coastline, and a lot of fish is caught every day, this is mostly used for export. In general Argentines never, or hardly ever, have fish.

Argentine kitchen is what we call in Belgium an ‘honest kitchen’, meaning the ingredients are pure and and there is nothing (bad) hidden behind strong sauces or herbs. What you taste is what you get. But then apart from salt and occasionally some basil, no herbs are added, so wherever you go, the food always tastes the same. As a tourist, this never bothered me, but after living here for a while I started craving for change.

And that is when I started looking for restaurants that serve something different. There are of course restaurants like La Bourgogne and Palacio Duhau, but these come quite pricy, but fortunately there are others.

These are my favorites, but whoever has tips and recommendations, let me know!

Bella Italia
La Olla de Felix

5 responses to “To escape from the usual”

  1. I don’t know how long you have been here but there are lots of middle eastern restaurants, peruvian restaurants, Korean, and some decent Chinese restaurants. You don’t have to look very hard to find different food. Also there are more than just the 3 types of sauces you specified in your article. I never eat at expensive restaurants, I can’t afford it. I felt more like you did maybe my first year here. After 7 years I have found several other ethnic restaurants that are quite good including an African restaurant.

    • Yes! There is Lotus Neo Thai in Arribenos, lots of sushi places all over town, unfortunately I am not so into Chinese, never tried Korean. Can you recommend some restaurants? I would love to try them!

  2. Meat here is obviously top notch but getting non-bland food can be a challenge. I crave all the tastes and spices and the creative dishes you find in many other countries. How much beef and pasta can one eat???

    My short list:
    Astrid & Gaston – Peruvian
    Artemisia – Veggie + fish, I think
    Cocina Sunae – closed doors Asian
    and if you are not tired of Italian, go to Sottovoce.

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