Dining out in Recoleta


The Recoleta barrio in Buenos Aires has a reputation of being full of stuffy rich people and traditions. This might be half true, but it’s got it’s fair share of hipster coffee shops, juice bars, and fabulous restaurants as well. Below are my favorites so far:

CASUAL CAFES

Tea Connection: This chain serves surprisingly fresh and interesting soups, salads, sandwiches, juices and entrees, with an international spin. They clearly also specialize in teas, my favorite being the Ayurvedic green tea.

IMG_0262

IMG_0263

Thali plate with roasted veggies, chicken, hummus, and flat bread.

 

Anima Café & Cakes: A thoroughly minimalistic bakery with adorable baked goods and animals prancing among them. The brownies are to die for and the flowers are beautiful.

IMG_0019IMG_0023

IMG_0027IMG_0028IMG_0033

Delicious Café: Best salads EVER, and fabulous cappucinos. High-quality ingredients and a creative chef make all the difference. Below, the Falafel Salad – microgreens, cherry tomatoes, crispy falafel, queso fresco, pistachios, sprouts, and yogurt-mint dressing. While you wait, complimentary hummus and crackers are served. Great muffins as well.

IMG_0014IMG_9785IMG_9665IMG_9788

IMG_9791

Falafel salad at Delicious

IMG_9793

 

 

Factory Juice Bar (various locations): Wide variety of vegetable juices, fruit juices, and smoothies on offer.

IMG_9394IMG_9393

Harper Juice Bar: Similar to Factory Juice Bar

IMG_9963IMG_9964

Pani (Recoleta location, also in Palermo Soho): Happy décor and nap-inducing portions of over-the-top American-ish cakes are the specialty here. The “Afro” – a chocolate brownie topped with dark chocolate mousse, ganache, and sprinkled with chocolate shavings is a good example. Perfect for sharing with friends on Sunday afternoon.

IMG_9771IMG_9772IMG_9773IMG_9634IMG_9608

 

Rapanui (Recoleta): the BEST gelato in the city, hands down. Good chocolates as well (the shop originated as a family run chocolate shop in Bariloche).

IMG_9380IMG_9386

MID-RANGE AND UPSCALE RESTAURANTS

La Causa Nikkei: This Peruvian fusion restaurant has great ceviches and sommeliers on hand to recommend the perfect wine.

IMG_0072IMG_0073

Parrilla Pena: Heralded as one of the cities’ more traditional and no-frills parrilla. Waiters in black aprons hand you a piping hot empanada with your menu, and massive slabs of meat are served with tangy chimichurri and papas fritas.

IMG_9498

Roux: Often making the list of the cities top restaurants, this Mediterranean inspired restaurant serves some of the most creative flavours and dishes I’ve seen in a long time, along with excellent service. The wine list is excellent as well. On my first visit, we had a great red blend, followed by a vichyssoise amuse bouche. My main, quail with lemon ricotta ravioli and pear, was to die for (apologies for the horrible photo).

IMG_9901IMG_9904IMG_9909

The second visit included local white Argentinian wine and the most perfectly cooked trout. I cannot recommend this place enough.

IMG_9993

 

El Burladero: Spanish tapas, loud music, and fun servers. We tried fried squid, rabbit, and pista manchego.

IMG_9519IMG_9518

IMG_9527

 

 

 

 

Categories: Good drinks, Good Food, Running around citiesTags: , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: