Restaurants in Buenos Aires: 3 Most Unique Dining Experiences

Foodies' Guide Posted on 10/24/2015

Buenos Aires isn’t lacking when it comes to nightlife, music, art, and culture. However, for those brave enough to try something unique and more off-the-beaten-path, there are some restaurants in Buenos Aires that can cure your hunger for something adventurous, and I’m not necessarily talking about the food.

When we typically think of unique dining experiences, it’s easy to assume strange, foreign dishes like insects or morcilla (blood sausage), however, for those looking for the full unique experience, I encourage you to try these 3 restaurants in Buenos Aires that won’t disappoint.

1. Don Julio Parrilla 

Parrilla is what in Argentina people called “the perfect place to eat a local barbecue”. One of the best places to try this Argentine tradition is Don Julio Parrilla located in Palermo Soho. Why? Let’s see!

First, this amazing restaurant was chosen among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Its XIX century local a la calle it’s a tradition in Palermo. You can learn about local culture through only one plate – or many! The only condition? Your order meat.

What kind of meat can you find in Don Julio? Only the best in the market. Also, the restaurant offers some unique varianta like provoleta goat cheese and foal salami. 

However, the favorites are meat-cuts. Between the most famous there is the “bife de chorizo mariposa” (a big steak cut as butterfly wings), the “achuras” (entrails) and the “vacío” (flank steak).

In short, to live the true local Argentine meta experience Don Julio is a restaurant you can’t miss if you’re staying in Buenos Aires. 

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2.Teatro Ciego

Curiosity, anxiety, excitement – all part of the highly-acclaimed blindfold restaurant, Teatro Ciego. Brave patrons are blindfolded and lead into a room of complete darkness, hands on shoulder, one cautious step after the other. After the first 5 minutes of intensity, the smell of food begins wafting in the air and the Spanish melodies of a live singer fill your ears. Soon enough, you’ll start smelling other scents and even feel sprinkles of water. The theatrical show is a play on senses, minus the visuals of course, and the entire event is centered around tapping into your imagination.

While the initial moments of eating in pure darkness is a slightly unnerving, after a while the sensations start coming into play and you understand all the hype. It’s a sensory overload of smells, sounds, textures, and tastes. Where visuals may be lacking, Teatro Ciego makes up for with incredible food.

3. The Argentine Experience

This is a full-blown evening experience, and one that should be done towards the beginning of your trip. It explains much of the Argentine culture in a delightfully interactive night full of wine, food and socializing. Sharing a long, communal table as to chat with and get to know the others who also want to experience Argentina’s culture, much of the night is hands-on. It begins by making your own empanadas that you get to fill with your selected filling, and designing another more creative one for a contest (winner wins a coveted prize).

Your steaks come out sizzling and cooked to perfection after being prepared for 24 hours. So basically, be prepared for the best steak you’ve eaten in a long time. There are also different wines being poured for you that have been matched to your food with the utmost precision. Despite all of these gourmet details, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed as your hosts explain the quirks and customs of the country through hilarious demonstrations.

The night is topped off with the figurative cherry: a make-your-own alfajores station and an instructional round of how to prepare mate, which you share with those you came to dinner with. You leave feeling extremely satisfied and more bonded not only with your friends or family, but also with the people you met around the table.

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Take your grumbling tummies to any of these 3 restaurants in Buenos Aires and you’ll leave satisfied. While I would encourage some research before going (especially for Teatro Ciego), approach these dining experiences with open eyes, for it will be a night you surely won’t forget. For more on Buenos Aires restaurants, check this out. Or, to visit Argentina yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a Say Hueque agent today!

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