In 2015 Argentina saw the first substantial change in the government in decades. But there’s more than social and political change on the horizon. Our reviewers in Buenos Aires having been dining in the city’s restaurants for close to a decade.
A decade ago almost every menu in every restaurant was identical. And most of what was on the menu was not all that appetizing. Three steaks, three pasta dishes, a lettuce, tomato and onion salad accompanied by olive oil and balsamic vinegar, French fries, mashed potatoes, a pumpkin puree, and possibly a ham and cheese sandwich. Being creative meant you offered some exotic version of potatoes and possibly a side of creamed spinach. And that was it. Every restaurant on every corner had that and nothing else. And sadly, the execution of those few items was not all that impressive.
Of course there were a limitless number of steakhouses offering a full range of meats grilled on the parilla. And a bakery and pastry shop on every corner.
But the good news for visitors to the city and for Porteños is that the culinary landscape in Buenos Aires is finally changing. And it’s doing it rapidly. Some of the more traditional things are being done in new and interesting ways. You can witness a more luxurious and modern take on the traditional Argentine steakhouse en Le Grill en Puerto Madero or enjoy the rebellious approach to an Argentine steakhouse offered at La Carnicería, where a huge bone-in steak, an odd rarity in a city obsessed with beef, is the only steak on the menu.
Just three or four years ago, breakfast in Buenos Aires, meant a couple of croissants and a cup of coffee.Now, at imaginative bakery cum restaurants like Ninina in Palermo Soho, you can get Belgian waffles covered in sweet, fresh fruit or an Eggs Benedict utilizing authentic English muffins.
The descendants of Italian immigrants, representing a large percentage of the city’s population, have fancied themselves as connoisseurs of Italian cuisine. Any resident of Milan or Rome that visited the country’s capital over the past decade can attest to the fact that what Porteños have been calling Italian food is neither authentic nor very palatable. But that’s changing too. You can actually find some reasonably accurate renditions of authentic Neapolitan pizza at restaurants like X and X.
There are even fairly tasty versions of other regional or ethnic cuisines on the menu at restaurants like Maria Felix (Mexican cuisine), Bengal (Indian cuisine), and NOLA (Cajun cuisine). Argentinos, masters of the grill, have even taken to using smokers to prepare American-style barbecue that’s pretty darn close to what you’d get at Franklin’s in Austin, Texas.
But for every interesting restaurant that is offering something new and tasty, there are dozens and dozens that are continuing to offer the same old tripe done the same old bad way, and served up with the slow service Latin America is known for. That’s where ComaBeba comes to the rescue. We’ve been to about all of the restaurants worth going to and as many or more that aren’t worth a visit. We provide detailed accounts of what’s going down at each of the restaurants. And to make navigating the restaurant scene in Buenos Aires a bit easier, we’ve organized it so that it all makes sense. So choose a category from any of the many below and enjoy our take on the Best Restaurants in Buenos Aires.