Our visit to Argentina was to be defined by two things…steak and red wine. Luckily, one of our friends lives in Buenos Aires, so he took us to some of the best restaurants and wine bars in San Telmo.
On our first night we went to a Parilla restaurant, a traditional Argentinian steakhouse. The locals eat really late and restaurants are not normally full before 10pm.
We ordered Bife de Chorizo, Ojo de Bife (ribeye), some Chorizo sausages and a side of fries. The portions were huge and so cheap! We were surprised to find out that Argentinians like their steak well-done. If you want it cooked medium, you need to order it rare.
Salsa and chimichurri comes on the side and we ordered a nice red Malbec wine to compliment the meat. The perfect intro to Argy cuisine!
We visited some of the main tourist sites in Buenos Aires, including the Plaza de Mayo, Casa Rosada and the Recoleta Cemetery where Eva Perón resides in the Duarte family tomb. Her image is everywhere all over the city and it’s obvious how much she still means to the people that live here.
We couldn’t come to Argentina and not try the famous Choripan. Parillas serve these everywhere and they are some of the tastiest street food you will ever try. Thick Chorizo sausage (not the same as Spanish chorizo), split in half served on bread with red salsa and green chimichurri. Delicious and extremely filling!
We stayed in the San Telmo area of Buenos Aires, the oldest neighbourhood full of colonial buildings, antique shops, cobblestone streets and some great street art. Tango dancers dance in the street at the Sunday Market and there are lots of great bars and restaurants.
An excellent few days in a fantastic city before we headed off to experience the Argentinian countryside.
Hotel Patios de San Telmo | Rating: 2 out of 5
Howard Johnson Hotel | Rating: 3 out of 5
Gran Parilla del Plata | Rating: 5 out of 5
Aldo’s Wine Bar | Rating: 5 out of 5
Caseros | Rating: 4 out of 5
Brasserie Petanque | Rating: 5 out of 5