Returning to Buenos Aires, for me is like visiting an old friend. This will be my sixth visit and I very much hope, not my last. Its a wonderful city to explore or simply sit in a pavement cafe sipping torrontes and people watching.
No visit to Buenos Aires, or indeed Argentina would be complete without sampling one of their world famous steaks, or if you are me, several of them!!! Paired with a delicious glass of Malbec, there are few better meals!
For this visit to Buenos Aires, The Argentine Experience was recommended to me. I was unsure at first, as I often like to be a bit more independent and do my own thing in the evenings, but when they told me they served up the best steak in Buenos Aires, I had to check it out. And I’m VERY pleased I did!
This great night out started as a pop up restaurant in a flat in Recoleta, before some outside investment helped set it up in its permanent home in Palermo Hollywood.
The Argentine Experience was set up to give it’s guests just that. Over the evening the lively hosts teach you how to make empanadas, alfajores, mate tea and how to order the perfect steak. This is all swilled down with copious glasses of vino and bags of personality. Sat on big tables and dressed in ridiculous chef hats and aprons, its a great way to make friends too. A real bonus as I was travelling alone.
Making empanadas was great fun and definitely something I will do when I get home. I think I mastered the thumb and finger twist and then I even managed to win the novelty empanada making contest 🙂
The hosts are a mixture of Argentines and Brits, which gives the night an international twist. And its interesting to hear a foreigners interpretation of Argentine culture and how they have adopted it into their lives. The hand gesture classes were a very amusing highlight.
The main event though was, of course, the steak. Reared in the Pampas and allowed the reach the proper maturity, unlike many steaks in Buenos Aires apparently. This was like no other steak I had tasted! Perfect salted crust and perfectly medium-rare in the middle! Worth the 16 hour flight alone!
Now, very full and maybe a little tipsy, it was time for the mate tea. This, as our host Alex told us, was a true picture of Argentine culture and typically a group of Argentines would sit and share one cup between a large group.
There is very much a certain etiquette to follow, starting with a kettle that heats the water to exactly 80 degrees! Our host then showed us exactly how to use the bombilla (straw) and how moving it is a definite no no! One should only say thank you when you have had enough mate, which was obvious a difficult one to follow as a typical Brit!
In my experience, dolce de leche is very difficult to resist!
All in all it, was a great night out. Yes it is a night aimed at tourists, but that’s not a negative thing and I came away having learnt something new about Argentina, despite my many visits and I think I’ll remember that steak forever!
You can book this night out as part of Chimu Adventures’ create your own adventure in Buenos Aires: www.chimuadventures.com/country/argentina