Review: One Table at HG

HG's One Table It’s a pretty fair assessment to say that Buenos Aires has grown in leaps and bounds in the gastronomic sense in the past year or so. Pop-ups, food truck(s), closed doors, supper clubs, cook-offs, themed tours … the list goes on. It might seem intimidating to a greenhorn when it comes to upping the ante, but the hard hitters know what’s up. Enter Hernán Gipponi, chef of the eponymous restaurant at the hip Fierro Hotel Boutique in Palermo Hollywood. HG has been dishing out one of the city’s best brunches for quite some time, not to mention their gourmet tasting dinners and festive garden “Thank Fierro It’s Friday” happy hours.

My favorite wall Enter a new concept, one that brings together the best of the best: Gourmet dishes, in a familiar and communal setting, with a unique touch that sets it apart from the rest. Enter One Table. HG’s cure for even the worst case of the Mondays (dinners are only hosted one night a week) will satisfy anyone from the most demanding of palates to those just looking for something new on the scene.

Wino Seats around this table are limited, so you’d be a fool not to reserve your spot. Go alone, go with friends … go with an open mind and obviously an empty stomach. The idea is for the food to be shared among the diners in a casual and deconstructed way, which is a nice contrast of the high-level food you’re about to shovel into your gullet.

One Table Menu signedThe menu – which changes constantly and in our case was a staggering nine courses – is hand written and signed by Hernán himself, and wines are paired accordingly (and served generously). Dishes are developed with what’s in season (claro) and feature the best of what the local market has to offer.

HG and team at work Perhaps the best part of the whole experience is watching Hernán and his skilled kitchen team prep, plate and serve the dishes tableside as they come out. Hell, he even finished cooking the hare on the table – a little smoky, but whatever, I’ll take it. As someone who has always envied those who can edge out their space in that realm of the food industry, it was fascinating to watch them work as such a well-oiled machine.

Heart + Beans + MustardOf all the food we were served, it’s hard to choose a favorite. I love that HG always manages to sneak a huevo a baja temperatura in the mix, though the steak tartare and the heart (!!) with beans and mustard was a real treat. By the time the arroz bomba and liebre rolled around, I was in need of an auxiliary stomach to help me out. Everything was so delicious, so abundant, so full of love. Really. You could taste the love on the plate. Anyone who says otherwise is lying.

Fish with peas, potatoes and peppersAfter a month-long and much-needed hiatus, One Table is back with a vengeance starting next Monday, August 12. Hurry up and make your res and get ready for one of BA’s best new dining experiences.

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HG – Hernán Gipponi at the Fierro Hotel Boutique
Soler 5862, Palermo Hollywood
One Table Dinners – Hosted on select Mondays, by reservation only
3220-6800

Finishing touches on the hare

Food Porn Friday

Hello again, my doves. After one day of bizarre springlike weather, I think we’re all feeling a little out of wack today. Luckily I had an incredible dinner last night at Jueves a la Mesa (photos and details to follow!) and am revved up on tasty veg noms. However, as much as I love eating vegetarian, sometimes you want to sink your teeth into a nice juicy burger. I feel like this fancy feat would do the trick, don’t you? Have a great weekend!

 

Photo Credit: Jason & Shawnda

St. Patrick’s Day in Buenos Aires + More

Due to my laziness and lack of planning, this post is a hodge-podge of upcoming events and other random Buenos Aires bits. Enjoy.

St. Patrick’s Day in BA – The day when Argentines suddenly “discover” their Irish roots and trash the Kilenny, Downtown Matías, and the entire length of Reconquista downtown, toppling telephone poles and throwing up Fernet. After four years in Boston, (and zero Irish heritage), it’s not my favorite holiday, but things are looking up. Magdalena’s Party in Palermo Soho (at Thames & Costa Rica) will be serving up Shepherd’s Pie (nom) and AR$20 pints of Heineken all night. You’re guaranteed a good time, no matter what day of the year, so I can only imagine that St. Patrick’s day will be a rager. You can also spend 48 hours chugging beer at the Isenbeck Beer Festival in Palermo. Tickets are AR$50 and available through Ticketek. There will be live music both tonight and tomorrow and obviously tons-o’-beer. Click the link for more info + tickets. (And for some perspective, how about this? It’s more expensive to celebrate here than it is in Dublin?! Read the article)

Brisket in BA – Perfect for your March 17 hangover. Head to The Office in Las Cañitas (for one of its last appearances before it goes down in history!) this Sunday to scarf down some brisket made personally by Larry from El Tejano hot sauce. This guy is from Texas and he knows what’s up. Seriously. Some of the best sauce around. Follow the link for all event details.

Craft Beer Night – Also held at Magdalena’s Party, this event is in a couple of weeks (March 29) and will be hosted by beer expert & Argentina Independent contributor Aaaron Brown. For just AR$100 a person, you’ll get three artisan Argentine beers and plenty of finger food to soak it up. Aaron will give you some beer history, talk about how it’s made, and run down all of the different kinds of beer. BEER BEER BEER! This would be a fun date or just something random to do with friends. Mark it down.

Run Down of Various Gourmet and Organic Markets/Ferias – Renowned women’s magazine Ohlala! (I hope you can feel the sarcasm from here) published a handy guide to different fairs and markets around Buenos Aires. Why not switch up your Saturday routine and head to the Mercado del Progreso in Caballito, BA’s oldest? (Founded in 1889). Click here for the article.

Yanquis Don’t Go Home – TRIUMPH! VICTORY! Argentines may love making fun of America (or acting like they aren’t all dying to hop on a plane and buy everything they can in New York or Miami), but the Amurican food traditions established here in recent years are here to stay. NOLAChef, Fuudis, POKE, The Office, Quiero Bagel, Magdalena’s Party and more are featured in this month’s printed issue of Planeta Joy magazine. Click here to read it online.

Photo Credit: The Argentina Independent

Review: HG Brunch at the Fierro Hotel

The HG restaurant at the Fierro Hotel in Palermo Hollywood is a little gem of gastro-goodness. Many a hungry panza and food blogger before me have waxed poetic on its virtues – be it a weekday lunch, Sunday brunch, or a fancy Friday night dinner. Last week I finally had the chance to give the brunch a whirl for myself, and I’ve gotta say, if you haven’t been yet, reserve a table for this weekend. For the price, you can’t eat as well anywhere in Buenos Aires.  Continue reading

Review: El Almacén de los Milagros

Le sigh. I hate to tell myself “I told you so,” but I kind of have to in this case. I wanted to start 2012 with a bang, trying the restaurants I’ve heard so much about but had yet to visit on my own. Break out of my routine. Be bold. Give it a whirl. Unfortunately, I wish I had skipped my dinner at El Almacén de los Milagros and just ordered in. Continue reading