Welp, it’s officially autumn here in Buenos Aires. Anytime the temperature dips below 68 degrees, the boots, wool coats, scarves and other winter accessories magically make their way to the streets. Now that we’ve got hibernation on the brain, where should you go when you want to cozy up on a chilly day for a delicious meal?
I used to live in Belgrano and loved having Pura Tierra so close to my apartment. They serve gourmet regional cuisine, so imagine lots of dark woods, exposed brick, and low lighting. You’ll fill up on braised bondiola with honey-glazed apples, grilled llama, homemade pastas and delicious Argentine cheeses. This is an experience for the senses. Perfect for when you need to stay warm and dive into some impeccable regional food.
3 de Febrero 1167 – Belgrano – 4899-2007
Ok, I can’t not sneak in an Indian restaurant. But what’s better for warming up than a piping hot and spicy curry? Come on. Vrindavan isn’t new, per se, but it’s my newest favorite for its killer vindaloo and amazing discounts (40% with Club La Nación on Tuesdays). It’s located downtown, so you can sneak away from the office and dive in to rich kormas, fluffy basmati rice, and tons of other dishes that will rival what you’re used to back home. Service could be better, but you’ll be too busy drooling over your Chicken Tikka Masala that it won’t really matter.
Tucumán 874 – Downtown – 4328-9252
When in doubt, warm up with vodka. Or something like that. Olsen is ideal for a Saturday brunch/lunch out in the garden – they’ll bring you blankets to stay warm – or snagging a seat next to the fireplace for dinner. You’ll feel right at home among the clean Scandinavian lines (oh how I miss Ikea, natch) and the illuminated bar. And the vodka. Don’t forget the vodka.
Gorriti 5870 – Palermo Hollywood – 4776-7677
Usually when the cold weather hits, I up my pasta intake by about 300% No shame here. It’s like my body flips out without a steady diet of carbs. I love Sette Bacco since it’s completely unassuming on a side street in Recoleta but insanely beautiful at the same time. A repurposed old family home, Sette Bacco serves up melt-in-your-mouth pastas, risottos, and meat dishes. Order that grilled molleja salad to start, it’s heaven on a plate. Tables are tucked into every nook, so don’t be scared to ask to see what’s available upstairs. It’s perfect for a homecooked meal when you don’t want to do any of the cooking.
Agüero 2157 – Barrio Norte/Recoleta – 4808-0021
HG – Hernán Gipponi at the Fierro Hotel
This might be a no-brainer, because all I want to do on a gray Sunday afternoon is spend three hours eating the most amazeballs gourmet brunchy bites available in Buenos Aires. What’s nice is that it’s reservation only (you’ll probably know half of the people there), and the dining room takes on this personal feel that makes it easier to brave the windchill once you leave. Get ready for inventive eggs, exotic fruits, and more taste explosions. Book a table next to the window and pretend you’re outside, when we all know you have 2 pairs of socks and three t-shirts on.
Soler 5862 – Palermo Hollywood – 3220-6800
Photo Credit: Guía Oleo, Groupon, Panoramio, Sette Bacco, yours truly