Day 389: Buenos Aires, Argentina
I need to thank Chris Richardson who runs Travel Blog Support for making this post possible. I panicked when my computer would not read the photos from my card reader. He connected remotely to my computer and fixed everything. If you ever have any computer or blogging issues he’s the guy to go to, he’s incredibly affordable and a really great guy.
Remember when I said I was getting chubby?
Well the good news is that I haven’t been eating steak. The bad news is that I’ve still been eating like there’s no tomorrow.
Buenos Aires is a paradox, some things that should be cheap (alcohol, groceries, clothes) are expensive but things that would be normally expensive at home, (steak dinners) are a great bargain here.
So if you’re not on a backpacker budget you can really enjoy the city.
Fortunately Chris is not and what’s better is that he is a generous guest that was willing to swap dinners for my translation skills. Best agreement ever.
Although we had eaten A LOT of steak, when Chris heard there was a 16-course set menu at a molecular gastronomy restaurant he wanted to go.
Molecular gastronomy uses scientific methods in its cuisine, typically you see a lot of foams or freeze-dried food. Sometimes it’s incredible and other times it’s ridiculous but neither of us had eaten it.
Dinner at La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar has 16 very creative courses served over three hours and feels more like a food experience.
A riff on Eggs Benedict, a perfectly cooked egg yolk in bread with cream and truffle shavings.
At times a show, during one course we’re supposed to feel the ocean air as our waiter pours broth onto the plate.
Perfectly cooked fish showed the kitchen wasn’t all flash.
While the menu indicated this was a pork and apple dish, we had no idea this would arrive.
The famous faux truffles are a combination of bread crumbs, olives and peppers and taste delicious.
Three courses were dedicated to dessert and finished with a deconstructed alfajore, a traditional Argentinean cookie. Like many of the previous dishes there was specific instructions on what order to eat food in.
For a whopping $250 pesos (61 USD) it was a bargain price as you would pay 2-3 times that much in Toronto. Sure it was a gluttonous feast but today was not the day to be on a diet.