Food: Buenos Aires

Diego Jacquet, head chef of London's Casa Malevo, reveals his favourite foodie finds in the Argentinian city

By Diego Jacquet
Published 16 Oct 2015, 09:00 BST, Updated 5 Jul 2021, 11:43 BST

Best for cheap and cheerful
Try Argentine pizza and empanadas, but do it standing outside — or, as we call it, 'al paso'. My favourite is Guerrin, founded back in 1937 by two Italian immigrants. The pizzeria is on Corrientes Avenue, a classic haunt for dining after football matches. You can order slices, or 'porciones', and you must try both the Napolitana and beef empanadas.

Best for breakfast
Traditionally, breakfast should be eaten at your favourite local cafe. Mine is El Banderin in the Almagro neighbourhood. Simply order a café con leche, savoury croissants and orange juice and sit outside to watch the world passing by.

Best for steak
No contest. You must head to Parilla Don Julio in the Palermo neighbourhood. The sirloin steak is the best meat I've ever had in my life.

Best for high-end
Go to Aramburu, owned by the talented chef Gonzalo Aramburu, and order the inventive tasting menu. It's all about interaction here: diners sear their own shrimp and garnish their own plates. You should also try Chila, whose chef Soledad Nardelli was voted the best in Argentina in 2015. He'll take you from Antarctic toothfish with red peppers, garlic and Buenos Aires cheddar to 45-day matured steak with onions and chimichurri.

Beer o'clock

Make a beeline for Bar La Perla in Caminito, La Boca. With more than 100 years of history, it's the perfect pit stop for long, languid evenings.

Published in the November 2015 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)


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