San Telmo . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 90%
- Service 90%
- Food (Execution) 80%
- Creativity 90%
- Value 80%
Address: Avenida Caseros 438 (where San Telmo turns into Barracas)
Telephone: +54 911 4307-1919
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Hours: Mon - Tue - Noon to 5 pm[/types] Wed - 6pm to midnight / Thu - Sat - Noon to 2am[/types] Sun - Noon to 6pm[/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Club Social
Rating: 4.0 stars
We’ve previously stated that we like Club Social. We’ve had the burger, the pork sandwich, and a salad or two. But today, we’re rambling on about breakfast at Club Social at the crossroads of San Telmo and Barracas.
I had taken the scenic route on my bike ride from Retiro, up the backside boardwalk in Puerto Madero, and found myself on that wonderful little block on Caseros where SanTelmo turns into Barracas. This is, perhaps, our favorite single block in Buenos Aires, culinarily speaking. It hosts a variety of top-notch restaurants like Hierbabuena and La Familiar.
But on this beautiful Saturday morning, I found myself sitting on the sidewalk out in front of Club Social. The ambiance inside this little bistro is nice. But it’s no better than the ambiance out on the sidewalk. There’s high-quality folding furniture, including the Campari-branded red folding chairs that all the cool outdoor dining spots seem to favor (like Birkin in Palermo Zoológico). Pressed white napkins. Everything neatly arranged on the table. All shaded by the big red Campari umbrella so your eggs or waffles don’t get sunburned.
The bad news is that Club Social is only offering this variety of eggs dishes on weekends. They open at noon on weekends to accommodate the brunch-seeking crowd in this quaint little neighborhood.
I spend a lot of time sitting in these red folding chairs in front of dozens of little bistros and cafés all over the city. I’ve noticed that each little barrio has a preferred breed of dog that the owners proudly display as they walk these canines up and down the sidewalks in front of the establishments.
Close to my apartment in Retiro, French bulldogs seem to be all the rage. Over in Recoleta, the little blue-haired ladies seem to prefer poodles. In Palermo, the young couples favor big dogs, like golden retrievers. But over here in Barracas, the owners that stroll up and down the sidewalk in front of Hierbabuena and Club Social seem to prefer what we call “mutts” back in the States. You know … part beagle, part border collie. Part pit bull, part Chihuahua (YIKES! I’m glad I wasn’t watching that one during conception). Seems like the mestizos always have the better personalities. I think you can say the same for the waiters and waitresses in this part of town too. Their efficient like the red vested ones at the steakhouses, but they smile. That’s a nice touch.
What about the eggs? They have about ten varieties of egg dishes. I’ve posted the menu in the image slider so you can see them all. Although I’m typically a maverick, I opted to go traditional on this visit and ordered the standard Eggs Benedict (which they call, Eggs Bedict). I think omitting the “ne” in the word Benedict is their way of saying it’s served on two pieces of toast instead of English muffins (which is the right way of doing it and is how it’s done at Ninina Bakery in Palermo). But that’s a minor modification I’m willing to accept. At least they took a stab at the dish. I just wish they would butter the bread.
At any rate. The dish was true to form other than the wrong bread and the Canadian bacon being sliced a bit thick (that’s a bad habit they have here in Buenos Aires; same ailment occurs on all sliced meat sandwiches). The hollandaise sauce and the poached egg were spot-on. The sprinkling of paprika was the icing on the cake.
All said and done, breakfast on weekends at Club Social is the cat’s meow. It’s a pleasant outdoor ambiance in an equally pleasing surrounding neighborhood. Friendly dogs on the sidewalk. Stellar service. And an admirable attempt at the classic Eggs Benedict. Prices were right in line with what you’d expect for this meal.
Club Social - Barracas