5 classic restaurants and the dishes that made them famous

They are not classics for nothing. Eat some churros with chocolate in La Giralda or enjoy a scrambled gramajo at La Cátedra These are experiences that many Argentines treasure. And thanks to the renovation tasks that these and several other classic restaurants have carried out, they will continue to be possible for several more generations.

iconic dishes

in full pandemic, many feared the worst. But when at the end of August 2021 The Giralda reopened its doors completely renovated, the city center breathed a sigh of relief. This remarkable bar dates from 1930, when the Andalusian Francisco Garrido installed a simple dairy on the ground floor of the Nordmann building. It grew over the years and along with Corrientes Avenue, with a notorious specialty: churros with thick chocolate.

In this new stage, the bar is complemented by elaborate lunches and dinners. As for the restoration, the new owners sought to preserve history and hired the Pereiro-Cerrotti & Asociados studio. “We found the place in very poor condition, we even had to redo the floor tiles. We rescued everything we could and created even the sconces and hanging artifacts with a clear art deco inspiration”, describes Gustavo Cerrotti. The effort paid off, and in this new season not only the usual customers arrive, but also new ones, especially from the interior of the country.

And if of iconic preparations it is, you can not ignore the pout of the stumble, one of the five oldest restaurants in Buenos Aires (it dates from 1896). One of the lovers of this dish was Gardel, who ate it at table 48. Unfortunately, it had been closed since 1984. Until 2015, when the businesswoman Raquel Rodrigo acquired the garage next door, which was accompanied by a shop. Her idea was to also make it a parking lot, until she discovered, thanks to a majolica in front, that this remarkable point had worked there. She decided to reopen it and her son Ezequiel gave her her best gift: she surprised her by buying the brand from him, so she could get it back in all its splendor. After a year of work, in 2017 it reopened with an interesting mix between tradition and novelty: the essence of the space is still present, but with a bar that boasts of being the longest in Buenos Aires, and a cellar-basement ideal for meetings and shows.

meeting points

On palermo, the chair It dates from the 70s. It is located where horse lovers originally gathered, near the stud area. “That’s where the name comes from, because it was the meeting point where those who knew about the subject gave lectures,” explains Romina Prieto, in charge. The passage of the years was changing it; while in the 80s it was a traditional restaurant with classical music, in the 90s the gourmet explosion passed through other neighborhoods, and the business concept was transformed once again. For 2016 they decided to leave the comfort zone and renew themselves. “We sought to maintain the essence of a Palermo restaurant, with traditional food from Argentine cuisine. And from the aesthetic point of view, it was given a still life style without losing the familiarity”, details Prieto. The result was a widening of the public. From grandparents to grandchildren, they all come together in certain acclaimed dishes, such as the scrambled gramajo and the milanesas.

the chair

Created in the 70’s, Misdeed It used to be that landmark still life of Almagro where the most varied figures of entertainment and entertainment converged. Closed in the 90s, it had an attempt to reopen in 2018 on Callao avenue, without much success. But the third time is the charm also in gourmet terms: in May 2021 it reopened its doors in the Recova de Posadas, in Recoleta. It was done by the businessman Daniel Lalín and some investors. “The bet is to have a quality restaurant with excellent cuisine and with the spirit of Fechoría of being a space for friends, for long after-dinner conversations, with people from entertainment and soccer,” he describes. Thus, the wall with a mural of celebrities such as Moria Casán and Susana Giménez is witness to the coming and going of dishes with oysters, squid rings, spider crab or pheasant ravioli, among others.


Coming soon

In the coming months, one of the most ambitious renovations will open its doors. This is La Ideal, the 1912 confectionery that is the epitome of art nouveau elegance. Also in charge of the Pereiro-Cerrotti & Asociados studio, it closed its doors in 2016 in order to recover its former splendor. And it is doing it with a value enhancement level rarely seen in the field. “Nothing is ‘like’, everything is as it was before. We even returned the gold to where it was originally”, details the architect Alejandro Pereiro.

the ideal

After finding a building almost in ruins, they set to work to recover its shine and charm. In the more than three years of work that they have been working on, they had to summon specialists from almost extinct trades to maintain the quality of what already exists. who enters the ideal From 2022 you will be able to revive the mythical confectionery with the best of its glory years (there will be no shortage of crumb sandwiches or palmeritas), but also enjoy beauties of this time: a lunch menu, a night menu worthy “of a five-star hotel ” and a space for brunch and events.

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