When Argentina gained independence in 1861 the event was met with an influx of European settlers. Among the many different offerings they brought to the country, cuisine made a large impact, especially from those of Spanish and Italian ancestry.
The country’s capital, Buenos Aires, which is often referred to as the Paris of Latin America is a hub of culture and the perfect place to sample the pleasing tastes of Argentina. Of the sprawling city streets, there are many amazing restaurants to try. Here a just a few:
What to try: Barbecued steak
In Argentina, food is considered a very social activity, and there is nothing more social to the nation than a Sunday barbecue or ‘Asado’. Be it cured meats (embutidos) or raw cuts of beef or lamb, cooking on a grill is a culinary pastime that is ingrained in the country’s culture and is definitely worth trying.
Where to try it: Don Julio
For those not lucky enough to be invited to a native residence for a barbecued feast, Don Julio is the next best thing. Located in the northeastern neighbourhood of Palermo, the steakhouse is favoured by locals and critics alike. But it isn’t pretentious. It just offers succulent steaks and delicious red wines to its clientele. One word of advice: arrive earlier than you would a normal restaurant as it’s very busy and they don’t do reservations.
What to try: Empanada
Like the Cornish pasty of the south-west of England, an Empanada consists of numerous fillings that are encased in folded dough made from wheat flour. Thought to have originated in Medieval Spain, the food found its way to Latin America and has since developed into a staple.
Where to try it: El Nono Amigo
El Nono Amigo is as classy as delicatessens get. It boasts a great variety of hot-from-the-oven bread, cheeses, olives, embutidos and other items, but many go for its amazing empanadas. They’re freshly made from the best ingredients.
What to try: Milanesa
When Italian immigrants arrived in the country one of their best culinary contributions was a breaded meat known as milanesa. It is similar to goujons but can be made in a Neapolitan twist (tomato sauce and mozzarella), but it generally involves rolling meat in breadcrumbs after being soaked in whisked egg whites. In Argentina, mash potatoes often accompany the dish.
Where to try it: Hermann
Whilst its menu generally favours German styles, La Pulperia del Cotorro is a must for trying an authentic milanesa. However, the amazing food isn’t the only thing that is worth going for. either. The old-fashioned interior and bygone waiter’s attire makes you feel like you’ve walked into the past.
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