Spent a few days in BsAs in late May, visiting friends and eating at local restaurants. Only really splurged once (Oviedo!), so here are the places I can recommend if you find yourself out and about.
La Chaira, Neuqen 1901 in barrio Flores. Small and unassuming parrilla restaurant that we happened to pass and a friend said it was a neighborhood favorite of hers and her friends, so we made plans for dinner. Very, very respectable with well cooked/plated dishes. Pretty standard menu for local BsAs parrillas, but they have some interesting specials and is a good value when all is said and done. If I lived in Flores, this would be a typical mid-week lunch/dinner spot I would favor and share some wine and good conversation with friends.
U Comoda Vostro, Jorge Newbery 3540 in barrio Chacarita. Good inexpensive Italian. ‘Nuf said. There are really only two ways to cook Italian – either make everything fresh and charge accordingly (Sotto Voce, Bella Italia, etc.) or use canned sauces and packaged pasta (with fresh vegetables and homemade sausages, etc.). As to the latter, in the right hands you can get a decent meal on a budget and walk away congratulating yourself on being somewhat frugal. And stuffed to the gills!
La Cumbre, San Martin Av. 2591 in barrio Villa del Parque. Small neighborhood joint. Cheap (and I mean that in a good way!). Salads and pizza. The food reminded me of Filo, but without the ambiance or talented waitstaff. But if you are in a hurry and want a quick chow down, this is the type of local joint you can find all over the city - and better than most.
Parrilla Marucha, 11 de Septiembre 3702 in barrio Nunez. Small local parrilla. More than acceptable. I always seem to get good meals out in Nunez and it is becoming one of my most favorite barrios. This place was highly recommended by an old friend who knows how to eat well and turned me on to El Probre Luis (also in Nunez) many moons ago. There’s no pretension at this neighborhood joint, just good eats.
Bandol, Rivadavia 1696 in barrio Nunez. Hybrid Mediterranean restaurant with very good food and a great atmosphere. We stumbled onto this place and thought the menu looked interesting, so we popped in to sample a few dishes. This was another good find in Nunez and I wouldn’t hesitate to make a return visit. This is a great area of the city and we’ve been fortunate since our very first visit to have local friends show us around the hood.
Oveido, Beruti 2602 in Recoleta. I’ve read nothing but fantastic reviews about this most excellent restaurant and it has been on my short list for a few years now. After FINALLY booking a reservation and dining here, it immediately goes onto my top 5 favorites list in BsAs. Off the chart good eats – from the tenderly braised meat and pan sautéed fish entrees to the magical sides, terrines, salads, desserts and wines; absolutely heaven on earth. Phenomenal presentation skills and impeccable service. Outstanding wine selection. Expensive, but highly recommended for that special occasion.
More food. Less attitude. Suerte.