Monday, October 18, 2010

Deliciously Argentine!

Scrumptious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef tenderloin with spicy chimichurri sauce, melted cheese and diced fresh tomatoes on a warm, crusty French baguette…”Where?!” you ask…Buenos Aires Café, our newest culinary discovery in East Austin.

The Buenos Aires Café was a delightful surprise, located at the corner of 6th Street and Waller, just a few blocks away from us. We stopped by last Saturday afternoon, and were immediately impressed with the modern, but comfortable décor.

Our waiter was quite friendly, and he confirmed our choice of The Lomito Beef Sandwich (voted “The Best Sandwich in Town”—The Onion) with a Spinach Salad, as well as a cup of the Soup of the Day, Asparagus Spinach Soup, and a real Caesar Salad.

Apparently we’re not the only ones who think this restaurant is tops…

"Austin Fueled by popular demand, Buenos Aires Café—Austin’s first Argentine eatery—has opened a second location, on the city’s east side. Spacious and inviting (have original hardwood floors ever looked so good?), the haunt serves up popular Argentine fare, including authentic Buenos Aires empanadas. The flaky pastries come with various fillings, including a don’t-miss carne picante, with scallions, raisins, and green olives, and a vegetarian’s dream packed with spinach, ricotta, and Parmesan. Entrées can be spotty; steer clear of the bland gnocchi and head straight for the pastel de papas, Argentina’s answer to Britain’s shepherd’s pie. Finish with a scrumptious dessert—cuatro leches cake, panqueques (dessert crepes), or flan de Buenos Aires. These are the real stars of the South American show." New and Note Worthy - Texas Monthly - 05/10/09

"The new Buenos Aires has arrived, to be sure. This avocado-green bunker on East Sixth Street shares tight company with the Good Knight and the East Side Showroom, but the original Buenos Aires Café on South First Street predates all of them, courtesy of founder Reina Morris, a native of Argentina.
Buenos Aires Café is a culinary microcosm of the Italian and Spanish immigrants who have called Argentina home, with input from the British and French as well, informing even the croissant-style flaky crusts of the carne picante (ground beef, olives and raisins) and verdura (spinach and ricotta and Parmesan cheeses) empanadas, the pair easily making a full breakfast at $2.59 each." Packed with Power - Austin American Statesman - 09/09/09

We can’t wait to go back! And, we’re told that in the evenings, an occasional couple will dance the Argentine Tango.

“Latins are tenderly enthusiastic. In Brazil they throw flowers at you. In Argentina they throw themselves.” --Marlene Dietrich

Throw Yourself into Buenos Aires Café, Y’all!!

1 comment:

  1. I can´t say what is the best food I had when I was in Argentina because they are so many!! I was staying in a buenos aires apartment which gave me the chance to cook and prepare some elaborated dishes. Steak is always good because they meat you buy in the supermarket is of such a good quality. And then there is Dulce de Leche for all the desserts. I could not get enough of it!