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1810 Restaurant, Buenos Aires

April 2nd, 2009 · 2 Comments

DSC_0046 DSC_0045 After too many bad experiences with food occurring as a result of the “Hey, we’re tired – let’s just eat here” line of thinking, I have learned that doing a bit of research into where to eat will prevent you from wasting money on a bad meal.

But every now and then, you’re just too tired, too hungry, too cranky, and too hot – and so somebody says “Hey, let’s just eat here” and in you go, expecting middling fare but getting something far, far worse.

But this was one time when wow – were we surprised. Backing up – we were looking for another restaurant and got a bit lost and had been given the wrong directions, so we found ourselves wandering around the tony neighborhood of Palermo. We were hot, tired, lost, and cranky, and D spotted a place full of locals, with everyone enjoying their evening and so she said those fatal words “Hey, let’s just eat here”. My guard was down (actually I was just ridiculously hungry) and so I acquiesced, expecting moderately moderate food.

The result was that through dumb luck, we had wandered into what seemed like the neighborhood’s favorite empanaderia. The menu was squarely focused on empanadas, the Latin American pastry stuffed with meat, cheese, vegetables, eggs, or some combination thereof. We ordered an entirely reasonably priced bottle of La Linda Tempranillo (and an entirely good bottle at that), and four empanadas, and within minutes, we were enjoying an absolutely awesome meal.

First off, they brought us a plate of bread and chimichurri sauce – while I find Argentine bread is a little bit on the doughy side, the chimichurri sauce was absolutely awesome – oily, hot, and full of flavour – my mouth is watering as I write this. Next came the empanadas – meat, spicy meat, (tucumanas and carne picante) and two of their ‘special’ empanadas (a la calabresa and acelga) – with a combination of eggs, meat, vegetables, and cheese – and they were absolutely amazing. Probably the best that we’ve had thus far in BA. Every mouthful full of flavour, the pastry just barely there to hold it together and give a bit of starch to the flavour – but not too doughy – these were just amazing. Baked, not fried, and absolutely delicious. The meat ones were packed with meat, and finally! – some actually spicy (as in ‘hot’ spicy) food. The bottle of wine was perfect, and when the bill came, for food of this quality, with such gracious, friendly service, in such a charming atmosphere, we felt that this was one of those rare places that was so good that we’d actually go there again.

Bottom line: when you walk by an empanaderia, and there is a constant line up of delivery boys picking up boxes of empanadas to deliver, just stop walking, go in, and eat, eat eat. Or, if you want to sandbag things a bit, just say to your friends “Hey, let’s just eat here” – and know that you’re in for one of the best meals you’ve ever had.

1810 Cocina Regional
Julián Álvarez 2000 esq. Guatemala
3 locations:
Centro – Tel 4893-2525
Belgrano – Tel 4784-0025
Palermo – Tel 4865-0030
Buenos Aires, Argentina
http://www.1810cocinaregional.com/

Tags: Buenos Aires

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graciela // Oct 31, 2009 at 8:04 am

    This restaurant sounds like a great find! Will recommend my mother who lives in Buenos Aires to check it out.

  • 2 Graciela // Oct 31, 2009 at 8:07 am

    My mother gives a cooking class of Empanadas Argentinas in Buenos Aires, some people swear by them (of course me too) as the “empanadas to die for” =) but it is always good to know where you can get a good empanada in a restaurant.
    This post is funny, yet it describes greatly the experience. I like it!

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