Argentina, a renowned foodie destination, offers diverse culinary experiences that cater to everyone from steakhouse enthusiasts to fusion lovers. In this article, we’ve handpicked some of the most attractive dining establishments in Buenos Aires and Mendoza for you to embark on a gastronomic adventure.
A Taste of Traditional Argentine Steak: Don Julio
Ranked third among South America’s best restaurants by the 50 Best list and recently awarded a Michelin star, Don Julio is Argentina’s most famous steakhouse. This eatery got even more popular when Lionel Messi came to dine here a few months after his World Cup victory.
Don Julio is known for impeccable cuts of meat, cooked over hot coals, resulting in a juicy, tender, and deliciously seasoned dish. Vegetables and veal sweetbreads are also prepared to perfection, making it a must-visit spot for steak lovers.
An Intimate Gastronomic Experience: Carles & Co.
Located in front of a counter with only ten seats, Carles & Co. is an exclusive, fine-dining experience where executive chef Tomas Treschanski serves a 15-course tasting menu. With expertise gained from working at renowned European establishments such as Frantzen (Sweden) and Azurmendi (Spain), Tomas combines technical mastery and audacity for an unforgettable meal.
Each guest receives an elegant paper sleeve containing fifteen small cards detailing each course and its inspiration — a truly memorable and interactive meal.
Poetic Desserts to Soothe Your Soul
One fantastic example of the restaurant’s creativity is a dessert made from pumpkin in different textures, hidden under a small fan of crispy tiles representing autumn leaves — pure poetry on a plate.
A Neighborhood Bistro: El Preferido de Palermo
Always bustling, El Preferido de Palermo is the spirited little sibling of Don Julio. This neighborhood bistro offers tapas to share with friends at the counter, communal tables, or on their large terrace.
Some of the mouthwatering dishes include:
- Potato and egg tortilla with a deliciously runny center
- Magnificent plates of charcuterie
- Black pudding cooked over coals
- Breaded beef escalope (a Buenos Aires classic)
While the menu appears simple, the vibrant flavors will leave your palate craving more.
Redefining Classic Argentine Cuisine: Mengano
At Mengano, owner-chef Facundo Kelemen brings sincerity and commitment to traditional Argentine cuisine found in “bodegones” (popular neighborhood restaurants). By blending creative touches into often simple ingredients, he creates luminous dishes that delight and surprise diners with unique flavor combinations.
Inventive Offerings at Mengano
Some standout dishes worthy of trying include beef tongue arranged as a graphic mille-feuille topped with pickled carrots, and mackerel puttanesca where the famous Italian sauce is creatively deconstructed and adorned on the fish’s back.
When Argentina Meets South Asia: Gran Dabbang
Gran Dabbang leaves its mark as a trendy fusion restaurant that combines Argentine and South Asian cuisines, primarily from India and Pakistan. With a cozy neighborhood-canteen atmosphere, this place prides itself on delicious dishes meant for sharing.
Here are some delightful creations you must try:
- Lamb curry with blood orange
- Herb-marinated venison rolls with bamboo shoots
- Goat cheese and cassava bread with a side of corn cream
Fusion Food in a Pop Culture Setting: Niño Gordo
Appearing to be straight out of a manga, this flashy canteen called Niño Gordo is characterized by its pop culture influences, including wall-mounted aquariums filled with cult film figurines. Beneath the ceiling adorned with suspended Chinese lanterns, guests can savor fantastic bites that blend Asia and South America.
Try some of these amazing dishes:
- Beef tataki with confit egg yolk
- Beef sandwich served on crispy roti
- Tofu and Thai basil ceviche
Niño Gordo’s playful atmosphere is infectious — you’ll never forget your dining experience here!
Now that you have our insider tips for Buenos Aires’ and Mendoza’s culinary scene, there’s no excuse not to dive into the mouthwatering flavors of Argentina. Whether you’re a local or visiting traveler, exploring these diverse eateries will undoubtedly offer unforgettable memories and gastronomic delights.