Palermo Zoológico . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 90%
- Service 80%
- Food (Execution) 90%
- Creativity 90%
- Value 80%
Address: Lafinur 3368
Telephone: +54 11 3969-0769
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Hours: Mon-Thu 7:30 am to 12 am[/types] Fri-Sat 7:30 am to 1:15 am[/types] Sun 7:30 am to 4 pm[/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Mishiguene
Rating: 4.3 stars
I was a on a walking spree one day in search of a place that served eggs. I had walked from the heart of Recoleta up to Palermo Botanico. Walking up up Lafinur from Libertador I noticed a small restaurant adjoining a boutique hotel. The name of the restaurant was Mishiguene. It looked nice from the outside. I gazed into the window and saw a beautifully decorated restaurant. Clean. Modern. A huge flower arrangement comprised of multiple stalks of a philodendron marking its territory in the middle of the room. And more flower arrangements with fresh lilies. A huge, clean, open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. It was very nice. And the menu looked interesting. No bife de chorizo. No fettucine. The menu appeared to be some interesting fusion of Arab and Argentine.
Well. Being a gastronomical pioneer and being hungry I had to walk in and have lunch. At lunch, you pay about US$10 (ARS$125) for a main plate, a drink and a cup of tea or coffee to wrap it up, or for about US$12 (ARS$150) you can have two of the smaller “platitos” in lieu of the larger entree.
Always opting for variety I elected to have two of the smaller plates, a Bureka de Espinaca and the Alei Gueffen. And of course, a Diet Coke with ice “por favor”.
A bureka is a middle-eastern pastry made of phyllo dough. For you “yanquis”, it’s basically the same thing as one of those flaky Pillsbury pop-overs with a bunch of goodies, either sweet or savory, stuffed in the middle. But this one was unique. They had gone to the trouble of rolling the dough around the goat cheese, ricotta and spinach filling in a way that the final baked pastry resembled a croissant. Very clever. And then they drop a perfectly poached egg in the middle. Take a look at the image in the slider. It was a work of art. And it tasted every bit as good as it looked.
I’m a sucker for Greek dolmas. Well, this Alei Gueffen that was served up with the pastry dish, is basically Jewish dolmas. Grape leaves wrapped around a stuffing of basmati rice and lamb … and lots of great herbs and spices. And a little citric yoghurt sauce drizzled on top for good measure. Yes. Once again. Delicious.
I wrapped it up with a frothy coffee served up in a fancy little tea cup like something you’d get for afternoon tea at the Ritz in London. Fancy, schmanzy.
Now for whatever reason this restaurant flies under the radar … the “radar” meaning Ali Lazar over at PickUpTheFork.com, who IS the gastronomical radar of Buenos Aires. Well guess what. This restaurant must have stealth cloaking because I’m the only one other than a few nearby residents and folks staying in that hotel next door that seem to know it exists. (Update: About a week a after we published this review we noticed Ali had just published a blog post dedicated to Mishiguene, so it appears her radio wave receptors are still intact.)
Well. That’s changed. This is one of the best and most interesting little restaurants in Buenos Aires. If you like Middle Eastern flavors without all the cliché and gaudy Middle Eastern décor … well, Mishiguene is worth a visit.
Although the lunch price doesn’t include a dessert. If you have a sweet tooth you can add one on for about US$4 (ARS$45). That means you can have the two small dishes (which incidentally, are fairly sizeable portions) and a dessert, beverage and tea or coffee for under US$16 (ARS$200) which qualifies this lunch for our Prix Fixe Lunch Menu Face-off. Our value rating is based on the lunch menu options. For the full restaurant review with rating based on an evening visit to Mishiguene, click here.