FrancesRenHuang

La Cocina Porteña

In Eating Out, The Piglet Oinking on September 28, 2010 at 9:43 am

The Menu & The Wall of Recognitions

Rabbit Pate infused with Basil and Mint

The Ojo de Bife with Dressing served with Roasted Potatoes and Fried-up Chorizos

Salmon with Pan-Roasted Veggies dressed with Crunchy Rice

Café San Juan- the genius Leandro Cristóbal

San Juan 450, San Telmo, Buenos Aires 11-4300-1112

Not only is this restaurant one of the must-try restaurants recommended by our foodie friend in BA, but since then, I have read great things from travelers and foodies all around the world. This anticipation has been building for awhile now… Tis an exciting time to step away from the norm of Argentine simple flavors and taste a local chef who has been trained abroad, infusing freshness and creativity into his food.

Note: they only accept cash

Restaurant Critic: The food itself can easily be served in a high-end posh environment, instead the restaurant seems to reflects the chef: simple, clean, open kitchen, classic diner/cafe ambiance. I like it. I also like how the menu is presented by the waiter on a chalkboard which inspires communication between the waiters and the guests; normally I will just be staring at the menu for minutes figuring out and second guessing on what is good.

Food Critic: The food is like hitting jack pot. The flavors, the creativity, plus the big portions were just leaving me speechless, with my mouth full.  I just couldn’t stop eating the rabbit pate that was infused with herbs on the delicious crusted bread. 32 pesos ($8) The steak was huge, surprisingly dressed in a non-Argentine way; the sauce was delicious served with potatoes with chorizo, a great dish just by itself. My fish was fresh and cooked to perfection, served with pan-fried hearty root vegetables with bits of salad, sprinkled around are bits of crunchy rice and some kind of spicy peppercorns that I still can’t figure out. 57~75 pesos ($14~18) for their main dishes with portions that eliminate the thoughts of dessert….sigh. Next time.

I also noticed, a few tables just stick to tapas, which looked more than enough. So many options.

Pros

  • uniqueness of the blackboard menu
  • down to earth restaurant: the ambiance and environment pressed on the importance of the food more than overly emphasizing on the ambiance and rocketing the price.
  • great food- what is more to say?
  • the attention and care given to the food
  • sincere and attentive service

Cons

  • none, though I’m definitely going to go back a few more times and try everything…allowing me to get a little picky 😉
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