Bar de Carnes

Buenos Aires, Recoleta

  • Ambience 90%
  • Service 90%
  • Food 90%
  • Creativity 90%
  • Value 90%

Restaurant Details
Restaurant Details
Bar de Carnes
Locale: Buenos Aires, Recoleta
Address: Peña 2287
Telephone: +54 11 4808-0774
Restaurant Type: Fast Casual, Hamburger Restaurant, Sandwich shop
Cuisine: Burgers, Eclectic
Service Type: Counter Service, Take-out
Price: $$$
Menu items offered: Coffee, Desserts, Grilled Steaks, Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Tapas - Finger Foods - Snacks
Tue-Thu: 11:30am to 2am, Fri-Sat: 11:30am to 3am, Sun: 11:30am to 4pm & Mon: 6:30pm to 1:30am

Review Summary
Bar de Carnes is first-class fast-casual. Gourmet burgers and sandwiches with interesting accompaniments and munchies in a pleasant ambience, with prices that are even more pleasant. Good, cold craft-beer on tap. We love this place!

The full review for Bar de Carnes

Review by: Ollie O Rating: 4.5 stars Review Date: 01/23/2018

Finding Bar de Carnes, hiding right in the heart of Recoleta, was like finding a leprechaun with a pot of gold.

There are a lot of brewpubs featuring craft beer in Buenos Aires. But most offer average food at best. Bar de Carnes is bucking that trend.

Although they offer a variety of tasty cold craft brews on tap, I think it’s fair to say this place is more about the food than the libations.

The décor is what you’d expect from one of any well-conceived modern-day brewpub. Loft-like exposed brick-walls and metal pipes create a minimalist canvas for the décor. But then they soften it up a bit with kitschy artifacts and small, but effective flowers in little jars on the table. The antique porcelain plates on the walls and the stylish wall-art constructed with spoons are the icing on the cake in this better than inviting ambience. The interesting music mixes just add to the appeal.

Prices change rapidly in the big city of Buenos Aires. These guys had the foresight to install a huge chalkboard type menu with little hanging letters and numbers (much easier than using chalk) that allow them to easily change the content (and prices).

What’s on that big menu? A few munchies, mostly fries with stuff piled on top, and some fried polenta. There are three of the best gourmet burgers that will ever touch your taste buds. There is a variety of sandwiches and some “carnitas” platters with some slices of various types of grilled meats. They have a sausage sandwich (choripan) that’s disguised as a skinny Beef Wellington. That’s right. It’s a sausage, stuffed with creamy cheese, en croute. It looked as weird as a drag queen at the Governor’s Ball, but with a big dose of the spicy mustard from the provided squeeze-bottles, that weird-looking hot dog was quite tasty.

We tried the Provoburger, whose featured ingredient is a big, fat slice of provoleta cheese (Argentina’s fake version of Italian provolone cheese). Not only is the slice of provoleta a little better than what you typically find in the steakhouses (where a grilled version of it is a mandatory menu item), but it had a slightly charred and crisp crust that added an interesting texture. I really liked this burger. But their Huevo & Trufa burger, featuring grated hard-boiled egg and bits of white truffle mushrooms is arguably even better.

The little fried batons of polenta, stacked to resemble a log cabin, are a healthier option than French-fried potatoes. Although they have a baked skin-on potato that’s a non-fried potato option as well.

The sliced steak on the carnitas platter was better than I’ve had a some of the city’s best steakhouses. The platter includes a small portion of the oven-baked potatoes, the fried polenta and a ramekin with about eight bites of a tasty couscous salad.

In case you hadn’t deduced it from all my gushing verbiage, this is one my favorite restaurants. With a better-than-pleasant décor, well-executed and interesting food choices, with quality ingredients, what’s not to like?

And the best thing. The prices, although not low, are better than reasonable for the quality of the meal.

This is a fast-casual restaurant. Probably the best in the city in this genre. There’s no table-service. You order at the counter, they give you a little vibrator that jumps around and light up when your order is ready, and then you go pick it up and enjoy a great meal. There are all kinds of fancy sauces available in plastic squeeze-bottles. Salt and pepper too. Plenty of paper napkins. You’ll need them for those juicy burgers. Especially if you order them “jugoso” (medium-rare), the way I do.

Ladies … please don’t steal the vibrator!

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