Belgium has finally arrived in Buenos Aires. I am thrilled. I am all excited. I can now eat Belgian food in ‘Le Pain Quotidien’ in Capital. I couldn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes – and of course, until I had tested it.
It was officially opened last week, this restaurant in Palermo, and in the future another 14 will be opened. Of course the menu is somewhat adapted to the local market (there is dulce de leche on the menu, they don’t sell the overly delicious speculoospasta (yet), and they put sugar in the mint lemonade instead of Agave), but besides these little details the restaurant is for real. It is ‘Le Pain Quotidien’ as I know it. The interior is identical to the ones in Belgium. The menu is similar.
I was surprised to see it was completely full, even though it has only been open for a week. I didn’t know Argentines liked communal tables, but it seems they don’t mind at all.
The place is perfect for breakfast, brunch and lunch. It opens at 8am and is on Jeronimo Salguero 3075 (close to Av Alcorta and just 1 block from Starbucks). I can’t wait until the others will open, and hope they will be closer to my house. After all, this one is about an hour walk. Hehe.
Check out the webpage (although the Argentine site isn’t active yet) and the restaurant, and let’s hope you will love it as much as I do!