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Yum! Yum! Because of the low exchange rate for the peso, Buenos Aires has become a very affordable place to dine out. However, its affordability is not the only reason to eat out in this fantastic city. Buenos Aires has hundreds of dining options all of high quality and diverse style. You can choose between delicious Middle Eastern foods in the neighborhood of Palermo, to a typical Bife de Lomo in San Telmo. If you are looking for something a bit more exotic, you can try the exclusive Japanese sushi in Puerto Madero, the traditional French cuisine in Recoleta or a yummy Swedish vodka dish in Palermo Viejo. The variety in cuisine is unlimited allowing you to dip your pallet into flavorful tastes from all parts of the world.

Reservations are usually unnecessary except for weekend dinners in popular restaurants or if dining out in groups. Most restaurants in Buenos Aires serve both lunch and dinner with prices being a bit lower during the afternoon. Here are some great spots to tempt your taste buds!

Berberer
Style: Middle Eastern
Open: Thur-Sun from 12.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Daily from 8.30 p.m to 12 a.m.
Description: Berberer is the only restaurant in the large city of Buenos Aires offering real Moroccan cuisine. Luckily, they like to share it and allow you to try food that tastes just as good as if you were dining in the country itself. The restaurant is very light and airy complete with a lounge area to enjoy a cup of traditional tea on one of their comfortable cushions. The food is exquisite with traditional harissa chilli paste, olive and chicken tagine, freshly made Lavash flatbread and delicious vegetable couscous dishes. Finish off the evening with one of their amazing desserts accompanied with a strong tea and have a chat with the relaxed staff.

Specialty: Baklava with cacao topping
Main courses: Between 25 and 40 pesos
Address : Armenia 1880 in Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Palermo neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone : 0054 4833 5662
E-mail : .
Web :

Green Bamboo
Style: South-East Asian
Open: Daily from 8.30 p.m.
Description: The food of this fashionable restaurant in Palermo is some of the most harmonious of the Asian cuisines with a unique balance between sweetness, saltiness, sourness and spiciness. It is elegant, balanced and delicious and it only gets better and better. More people are finding out about this place as it is one of the few that offers true spicy cuisine. Dishes not only taste amazing, but their presentation is one to be admired. They are all beautifully decorated with pineapple or coconut shells. If you like South-East Asian food, or just quality food in general, you should not miss out on this place.

Specialty: Fried Calamari.
Main courses: Between 25 and 40 pesos
Address : Costa Rica 5802 and Carranza, Palermo neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone : 0054 4775 7050
Web : www.green-bamboo.com.ar

Lola
Cuisine International
Hours Daily noon-4pm and 7pm-1am
Address : Roberto M. Ortiz 1805
Location : At Guido, Recoleta

Transportation : No metro access
Reservations : Reservations recommended
Phone :11/4804-5959, 11/4802-3023
Prices: Main courses US$7-US$12 (£3.70-£6.35)
Credit Cards: AE, DC, MC, V

This is by far one of the best international restaurants in Buenos Aires and one of the most well known. The dining room is bright and contemporary making it an enjoyable environment to dine in. Caricatures of major personalities can be seen decorating the walls, and fresh plants and flowers give Lola's dining room a feeling that spring is in the air. A French-trained chef offers creative dishes such as chicken fricassee with leek sauce, grilled trout with lemon-grass butter and zucchini, and beef tenderloin stuffed with Gruyère cheese and mushrooms. The chef will prepare dishes for those with special dietary requirements as well.

Cala Bistro

Soler 4065
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
1425
Neighborhood: Palermo
Nearest Train: Bus: 36, 160, 188
Phone: +54 11 4823 0413

Newly renovated, Cala has changed the color of the facade, abandoned the postmodern decor, and incorporated a bar. The menu now offers items like egg mollet, tartar of sole garrison, salad with warm goat cheese and green grapes. Treat yourself to the Roman noodles with spinach and bacon or tenderloin medallion with bernaise. For dessert, try the peach tart or the sweets that accompany the coffee. Noteworthy is the bistro menu (fixed) that costs and changes every fortnight.

Parolaccia di Mare (La)
Italian on the Porteño Riviera
Dining | Specialty | Fish & Seafood
Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
1107
Neighborhood: Puerto Madero
Nearest Train: Leandro Alem Línea B
Phone: +54 11 4343 5008

This branch of the Bad Mouth chain of restaurants specializes in seafood. Marine-inspired decor abounds evoking a fisherman's wharf. The ambience and attentive service create an inviting family atmosphere. Italian gusto is present in the Pulpo a la Napolitana (squid with tomato sauce and cheese), Merluza Negra a la Crema de Esparragos (black hake in asparagus creme sauce), homemade pasta and an array of seafood dishes.

Olsen
Address Gorriti 5870, Buenos Aires
Location At Carranza
Phone 11/4776-7677
Cuisine Scandinavian
Price Main courses US$7-US$12 (£3.70-£6.35)

Attend a Sunday brunch at this restaurant and find an array of diners, from expatriates to local portenos. This unique spot serves both brunch and ethnic food. The décor is pure Scandinavia, with curvy plywood furniture and 60 types of vodkas. Dishes include herring and smoked salmon with Argentine bondiola (pork tenderloin). If you enjoy dining outside, make sure to call ahead to get an outdoor table on the heated deck. If a cozier atmosphere is your preference, dine inside around the fireplace. In a concession to Argentines’ overheated night life, brunch goes on until 8 p.m.

Siga La Vaca
Alicia Moreau de Justo 1714
Buenos Aires 38009 Argentina
+54 11 4315 6801
Open Hours: Noon onwards M-Su

For fresh buffet food, a good variety of side dishes and some great barbecue, Siga La Vaga is the place to haunt. This place translates into 'follow the cow' and there is more meat served here than anywhere else in Buenos Aires. Plus, you also get a free bottle of wine or a liter of beer ... it's your choice.

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