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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Chacabuco 863 – San Telmo
This restaurant for 120 people works in the Catalan club, a cult place for culture lovers. It is located in San Telmo, but the architecture of the building does indeed take us to Gaudí’s and Miró’s Barcelona. The success of this restaurant comes as no surprise, because its excellent cuisine, coupled with the fact that the Catalan capital is the Argentines’ favorite place in Europe, make El Casal an option frequently chosen by customers. A delicious wine and tapas for starters are the best way to warm up. Attention: do not stuff yourself, because main courses’ servings are plentiful. Fish is among the best served in Buenos Aires.
Address: Av. San Juan 450 – San Telmo
Leandro Cristóbal is the head chef that offers us a typical homemade Porteño cuisine repertoire, together with some fusion proposals. The place is simple, for 40 people, in a warm and familiar ambience, with the traditional noise of cantinas de barrio (neighborhood canteens). Tables are small and there is not much room between them. As it is a frequently chosen place, you should book in advance on weekends or come in early. The menu is always changing, though they usually keep dishes such as pink salmon or mussels. Casseroles and Spanish tortillas are highly recommended. Prices are pretty affordable. In addition, Café San Juan is, as its name suggests, a café that offers important breakfasts and afternoon snacks.
Address: Independencia 3527 – Almagro
It is an old Italian style canteen that keeps, in its more than 80 years of history, its typical family and noisy atmosphere. Dishes are traditionally plentiful. While Italian cuisine is its highlight, the menu also offers some dishes such as Basque style sea bass, Valencian style kidneys, and dishes typical of Buenos Aires. The most recommendable are fusilli al fierrito (corkscrew pasta made by twisting the dough around a rod) and vermicelli with stew sauce. The food quality/price ratio is highly encouraging.