Address: Defensa 596 – Monserrat
Brasserie Petanque, like any other brasserie, is a large place in which the murmur of some voices fills the surrounding silence. Its menu recreates traditional French food, with delicious dishes such as Emincés de magret à l’orange or Entrecôte grillé with shallots and green salad. Brasserie is a French word for ‘beer factory’, reason why the wide variety of beers offered in this place is truly justified. In addition to the dishes described above, there is a really complete menu of delicious wines, making this restaurant an irresistible option for the savvy drinker.
Address: Tucumán 400 – San Nicolás
The restaurant, related to La Petanque Brasserie, revives French Romanticism in the very heart of the financial district. Thousands of famous French people’s eyes watch from the pictures hanging on the walls, and invite visitors to lose themselves in the legends that surround them. The Chef, Vanessa Plaza, amazes customers with her delicacies. Fondue bourguignonne, Café de París steak, mussels topped with saffron and Dijon mustard sauce as main courses; and profiterole, chocolate marquise, or Tarte Tatin as desserts, are some of the options that make you wonder why Edith Piaf sings La vie en rose.
Address: Salta 490 – Monserrat
Located on the corner of Salta and Venezuela Streets, where “Vinería de Monserrat” used to be, the Parrillón de Juan Lacaze decks out as a bodegón (unsophisticated traditional restaurant). With its old recycled furniture, hanging iron lamps, decorative barrels and colorful large bottles, the ambience has a historical atmosphere rather than a rustic one. Even though the specialty of the place is parrilla (barbecue), Head Chef Blanca Corrales does an excellent job and both homemade pasta and pamplonas and chotos are really tasty (typical Uruguayan parrilla dishes, whose main ingredients are chicken or loin fillet rolled and filled with cheese, tomato, pepper and other ingredients).
Address: Vuelta de Obligado 2072 – Belgrano
Capisci is a large restaurant with a privileged location: it is in the Recova of the neighborhood of Belgrano, next to the Cathedral, in front of the square where there is a handicraft market on weekends. The old restored brick building creates a unique atmosphere, particularly in the recova (arcade) area, with cobblestone paved floors. Food is varied. The options available range from pizza to pasta, meat, and fish dishes.
Address: Arribeños 2177 – Belgrano
According to an unquestionable rule of thumb, a restaurant is good if it is always crowded. And that rule does apply to Todos Contentos. Its quality and plentiful dishes are also unquestionable. As a starter, spring rolls are strongly recommended. As main course, options include chaw fan, chaw mien and the classic chop suey, which can be seasoned with soy sauce or sweet-and-sour sauce. There are many other more elaborate dishes as well. The place is really nice, though rather noisy. The décor is simple, with Chinese-themed ornaments. The restaurant has two halls with several tables, not very distant from one another. Customers should not worry about keeping their voice down: Todos Contentos is the ideal place for having lunch or dinner with friends, and without restrictions. Finally, it is worth mentioning that prices are more than acceptable, and the service is fast and efficient.
Address: Franklin D. Roosevelt 1627 – Belgrano
Passing by the restaurant’s door, it may just go unnoticed. However, this indifference vanishes when one gets to know it. Its captivating good service and food quality, in addition to the unbeatable prices, will make you want to come back more than once. Fish and seafood are the main dishes in the menu, and they are prepared with different ingredients typical of Peru. Ceviche and prawn chupe are some of the options available. At noon, incredibly inexpensive menus are served, ideal for students.
Address: Echeverría 1627 – Belgrano
Contigo Perú is the genuine expression of Peruvian tradition. The place is simple and austere, but food is delicious. It is the ideal restaurant for dining with friends. As a starter, you can taste a Pisco Sour and jelly or mixed ceviche. As main course, lomo saltado (marinated sirloin strips), rice with seafood, or ají de gallina (chicken in spicy sauce) are excellent options. Drinks include the classic Inca Kola, and Pilsen Callao or Cusqueña beers. For dessert: A mazamorra morada (milky pudding made with red-purple corn) or a suspiro limeño (baked milk pudding with Italian meringue). Really inexpensive prices and great service.
Address: Venezuela 1212 – Monserrat
The best Italian cuisine is offered in this recycled traditional casona (old, large house) in the neighborhood of Montserrat. Its perfect refurbishment has gained Prosciutto the international ICOMOS Award to the best recycled building in the restaurant industry. The canteen-style architecture and decoration faithfully transmit early 20th Century Italian influence on the southern neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. The restaurant has a bright first floor, and the second floor features halls decorated with different hams. Wood is the prevailing material in the decoration, contrasting with the wrought iron accents on the stairs. Their dishes also reflect a strong Italian influence: homemade pasta, prepared in front of customers, plays a leading role together with ham platters. “African Strawberries”, served with black pepper and ice-cream are the finishing touch for a perfect meal.
Address: Juan Ramírez de Velasco 401 – Villa Crespo
A former pasta factory in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo that has been turned into a simple but respectable restaurant. Like many other old buildings in the area, it has been adapted to the “Palermo Viejo” trend, grasping the bohemian style of this neighborhood. The place is nice, with the warmth typical of a neighborhood, though with few tables due to its original use. Probably the best pasta in Buenos Aires, and for really inexpensive prices. They offer a wide range of prime quality Italian starters, and desserts are also highly recommended.
Address: Río de Janeiro 78 – Caballito
An interesting proposal in a neighborhood different from the most fashionable restaurant areas of the city such as Palermo SOHO, Las Cañitas and Puerto Madero. With an exceptional gourmet cuisine and a varied wine cellar, in the comfort of a relaxed and intimate environment, Montana stands on its own and is one of the neighborhood’s references when it comes to going out to dine. In the menu, which indicates the waiting times for each dish, its highlights are rolls of phyllo dough filled with shrimp, risotto with scallops and prawns, and loin steaks with Liverwurst and crispy bacon.