The Best of Buenos Aires’ Closed Door Restaurants

Best closed door restaurants in Buenos Aires

Looking for the authentic heart and the culinary epicentre of Latin America dining? Then my friend, you are looking for the best of Buenos Aires‘ closed door restaurants? To locate these treasures you’ve got to get your ear to the ground and look through the keyholes of some of the city’s best chefs. These not-so-secret restaurants are the key to unlocking some of the best food and the most memorable dining experiences to be had. All you need is a bit of insider knowledge (this is where we come in) and a reservation. With new closed-door restaurants (Puertas cerradas) spring up in every corner of the city, each with its own style and twist, we felt it important to highlight the cream-of-the-crop, the-cherry-on-the-top, the best of Buenos Aires‘ closed door restaurants.

Ezequiel Gallorado from Treintasillas

Translated as ‘Thirty Chairs’ we welcome you to native Argentine; Chef Ezequiel Gallardo’s masterpiece, the perfect dining experience from away from your chic Buenos Aires apartment. Located in a cosy dining room in Colegiales, his closed restaurant only operates on Fridays and Saturdays. Come and enjoy a delicious, fixed 5 course showcase of Argentina’s best cuisine, with a Mediterranean twist. Remember to book before hand as the tables fill up quickly.

treintasillas

Q: Your favorite BA restaurant (other than your own) and why.
A. I don’t have a favourite restaurant, it changes depending on what I want to eat. If I want to eat Peruvian (cuisine) I go to Mullu, if I want Asian it’s Sudestada, homemade food in El Preferido and French food it’ll be Fleur de Sel. These are my favourite options.

Q: What would be your desert island recipe.
A. It would be some type of fish charcoal-grilled with vegetables.

Q: How did you come to start you closed door restaurant
A. I decided to open Treintasillas 6 years ago after having worked for 10 years in different places in Buenos Aires and the US. I got tired of looking after a lot of people at once and wanted to cook for only a few people and to be able to offer them the best service possible.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the Buenos Aires underground eating scene.
A. I like that there is a lot of variety. There’s no competition between them, each has it’s own signature, it’s own style of cuisine and that gives people the chance to visit all of them.

Pablo Abramosky from Paladar Buenos Aires

Easily one of the best of Buenos Aires‘ closed door restaurants, Chef Pablo Abramovsky’s frequently changing menu is a mix of traditional argentine flavors with an inventive twist. Having spent some time in Israel you can taste the influence this country has on his cooking. Making sure your glass is never empty is Chef Pablo’s sommelier wife matching exquisite wines to the menu. The combination of eating in the dining room of their family home and this charming couple makes you will feel like you are at a dinner party rather than a restaurant. Waddle home to your luxury Buenos Aires rental with happy memories and a full stomach.

Paladar Buenos Aires

Q: Your favorite BA restaurant (other than your own) and why.
A. Pinucci y figli (on the corner of Chile and Pasco)

Q: What would be your desert island recipe.
A. Coconut ice cream and crystals of ginger.

Q: How did you come to start you closed door restaurant
A. I started giving cooking classes in my kitchen at home, and it ended up becoming a restaurant.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the BA underground eating scene.
A. Everything’s nicer when it’s underground.

Diego Felix from Casa Felix

Casa Felix is one of the city’s greats. This not-so-secret dining experience stands-out as one of the best of Buenos Aires‘ closed door restaurants. A rare vegetarian and pescatarian oasis in a city of meat eaters Diego Felix and his wife Sanra provide a rare yet outstanding break from meat focused, parrilla saturated Buenos Aires. Venture out from your chic Buenos Aires apartment, and enjoy organic, locally grown produce served with extra doses of gastronomic love.

Casa Felix

Q: Your favorite BA restaurant (other than your own) and why.
A. At the minute I really like BBQ Korean in Chinatown because it had loads of dishes to try, it’s buffet-style and really fun as you cook your own dishes on the barbecue you have in the middle of the table.

Q: What would be your desert island recipe.
A: Ceviche

Q: How did you come to start you closed door restaurant
A. With my wife Sanra Ritten who’s a photo journalist, we decided to write a travel book with recipes of Latin America. The only way to do it was to cook at the weekends and travel the rest of the week.  The rest is history.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the BA underground eating scene.
A. That’s there a closer relationship with the diners.

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