My latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires, Argentina | After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below. First stop was Rodi Bar, along with my father. This is a classic of each of my visits to Buenos Aires. It is the typical Buenos Aires dining experience, which some my think it looks very much like a restaurant in Spain, but well, our cultures and costumes are so interconnected that this is very much so. The food is AMAZING, I love the local vibe, see the Porteños and enjoy a nice chilled bottle of San Felipe Torrentes over a nice conversation. Rod Bar is located at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta.
My next stop was the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo, very well known by locals and tourists for their flea market and the antique shops. I took a stroll by the local fruit and meat market, which remains as original. And after checking some antique shops – which is one of my huge passions, and visiting briefly my friend and world renown silversmith Marcelo Toledo – by the way you should stop by and see his collection, I went for lunch at CASEROS Restaurant.
It was quite a lovely afternoon, and was nice to be able to seat outside and enjoy a nice lunch. Great local food, featuring a menu with quite some local classics. Small restaurant, very relaxed. Dessert was the best, a flan with dulce de leche and whipped cream yummy. Prices are fair, and service, though a bit slow, was perfectly in sync with the relaxed afternoon outdoors I was looking forward, over a nice glass of Malbec.
As the night came by over the city, I along my brother and father, arrived to the very lovely – and one of my favorite hotels in Buenos Aires – the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Recoleta, along the fancy Alvear Av. I have stayed with them before, and I have tried their restaurant a few times – Duhau Restaurant. But being winter seasons, I was invited to enjoy their new addition to their offer, the Fondue Nights. I haven’t had fondue in quite a while so, I said yes right away.
Since we arrived early – on purpose – we decided to seat at the OAK Room for half an hour to enjoy some drinks. The rooms is quite lovely, quite and very chic, just as I like it. Now I must say that the drinks were not as fantastic, as a matter of fact, they were quite terrible and overpriced. I mean I paid two times the price of what I would paid in New York or Paris. If you follow me you know of my addiction to Dirty Vodka Martinis, I have tried them all over the world “literally” at some of the best and worst places. And to have the barman come to me and try to explain – with an attitude – that this is how a Maritini should be…. it was wrong. Same situation with my father’s drink – a Margarita ( which we sent back twice ) To this I replied, CHECK PLEASE
We came down to the lower floor to the Duhau Restaurant and had indeed a lovely evening. We went throuhg two different types of Cheese Fondues and one Chocolate one. Of course paired with some local wines. Great time spent with my brother and father, catching up on life. If you like Fondue, you should try it.
So these were my three restaurant experience of my brief visit to Buenos Aires. Of course as I always say, the best food in Buenos Aires is my Mom’s, so I quite enjoyed some of them at the privacy of their home. Here you may read more on my previous restaurants experiences in Buenos Aires.
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