Saturday, May 25, 2013

JustLuxe: Buenos Aires' Puertas Cerradas Restaurants

One of the most curious (and coolest) trends I found in Buenos Aires during my month there this spring was the existence of puertas cerradas, so-called "closed-door" restaurants that are sort of like underground supperclubs where chefs invite a select group of diners into their own homes on certain days of the week for gourmet prix-fixe meals.



Puertas cerradas are an excellent way to escape the tourist hordes that descend on the city's better-known restaurants while rubbing elbows with some of the city's well-heeled, in-the-know diners and experiencing authentic (and exciting) contemporary Argentine cuisine from talented young chefs in intimate settings.

I had the opportunity to eat in three different ones during my stay there - everywhere from a palatial Belle Epoque apartment that wouldn't be out of place in Paris, to another that seemed like a cozy artist's garret where the dining room looked through glass doors right into the tiny kitchen.

All were unique, and unforgettable. Read about my top picks (including La Cocina Discreta, Casa Coupage and Casa SaltShaker) and a few additional suggestions in this JustLuxe article.

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