Your Weekly Closed Door Guide: July 3 – 5

Posted on July 2, 2014 by atom in CLOSED DOOR

By Kevin Vaughn.

Want to try out the local closed door scene but don’t know where on Earth to start? Try out these five menus chosen by our resident taste-setter and fellow closed door chef, Kevin Vaughn.

Ocho Once Maison 

Source: Ocho Once

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A bit of a gastronomic anomaly, the restaurant has a fancy set-up and multi-course fixed meal, but step into the kitchen and you’ll find a young kitchen staff with fresh take on modern gourmet. The reasonably priced 5 course meal is perfect for a romantic date, or a night for friends to splurge.

The Menu

Guys, you had us at corn soup with shrimp tartar and that’s just the first course. What’s shrimp tartar? Ni idea. But I want to find out. After the corn soup pick me up is grilled cuttlefish (from the octopus family) served over a jalapeño emulsion, lentil bread and chorizo broth, a sirloin steak with brussel sprouts for the main plate followed by apples wrapped in phyllo dough with homemade ice cream.

The Essentials

Dinners are held Thursday through Saturday evenings in Palermo. The three course meal costs 230ARS and the five course goes for 280ARS (you might as well), wine sold separately or you can bring your own with a small corkage fee. To make a reservation call Gonzalo at 1536145719.

El Tejano

Source: El Tejano

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Larry Rogers was a Texas transplant homesick for flavor. He began whipping up hot sauces and salsas, and regular pop-up events turned into the city’s only mobile smoker and this brick-and-mortar closed door located in pleno Palermo. The dinners are casual and messy, with guests being invited to eat WITH THEIR HANDS. Who would’ve thought? More than 20 diners are invited to sit around communal tables and get to know each other over flavors that will transport you from Buenos Aires to the American South.

The Menu

Meals change throughout the week, but this week we are particularly excited about the Eat With Your Hands night. The meal begins with some chorizo and is followed by slow cooked smoked ribs, french fries and coleslaw. There is also reasonably priced craft beer by the bottle and beer on tap.

The Essentials

The meal is on Thursday July 3rd at 9pm in the Palermo neighborhood. The meal plus a glass of beer and small dessert costs 190ARS. You can make a reservation online (http://www.eltejanoba.com.ar/events/ribs-cerveza-artesanal-24/) or by emailing info@eltejanoba.com.ar.

Niji

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Closed door’s come in all shapes and sizes. And to be honest, most wouldn’t consider Niji a closed door, it is open nearly every day of the week. This is more a reservation only restaurant but let’s not fret on the technicalities. Niji is a mother daughter owned Japanese restaurant that hosts not only some of our favorite sushi combos but a plethora of other Japanese dishes. Go in a group and tell the picky ones to either not come or suck it up because this is best enjoyed family style. 

The Menu

Niji hosts an extensive menu which includes sushi, gyoza, soups, teriyakis, a variety of different seafood dishes and desserts.

The Essentials  

The restaurant is located in Belgrano and is open for dinner service Monday-Saturday from 6 to 10pm. Make a reservation by calling 4544 1850. Prices vary, but this is good sushi, so expect to shell out a few Rocas.

Casa Coupage 

oxtail, casa coupage, buenos aires closed door french restaurant

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We ate at Coupage well over a month ago and are still dreaming of that duck! And the beef ceviche! And that space! And the wine! Jesus that wine! Casa Coupage was one of the first closed doors to arrive on the scene nearly a decade ago and it’s for good reason that it has stuck around. What began as a wine lovers get together turned into a regular weekly event. With personalized attention from owner and sommelier Santiago, who will pair your wine no only based on individual dishes but also on each patron’s distinct tastes and histories, this is the perfect spot for a special date.  

The Menu

Dishes change every 3 months depending on available seasonal ingredients. You have the option of choosing an 8 course tasting menu or ordering appetizers, main plates and desserts a la carte. Although they describe themselves as “modern Argentine”, expect the unexpected, with uncommon meats like rabbit, trout, squid, sweetbreads and a delicious beef ceviche instead of traditional dishes.

The Essentials

Meals are held Wednesday through Saturday evenings in Palermo Hollywood. The 8 course tasting menu is 450ARS and if you choose an appetizer, main dish and dessert a la carte expect to pay around 350ARS, wines sold separately. Make a reservation by calling 114 777 9295 or by emailing info@casacoupage.com.

iLatina

Source: iLatina

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It’s the beginning of the month so it’s time to feel fancy with that big old paycheck (we hope) of yours. Voted #1 restaurant in Buenos Aires (according to TripAdvisor), iLatina is well-known for their multi course tasting menus and Sunday brunches, with their attention to creating detailed dishes that turn traditional Colombian dishes on their heads. This is most definitely a fancy dinner, with a high price tag that makes this a very special occasion.

The Menu

This week’s tasting menu is a 10 dish meal which includes their famed bread bowl, confit duck, prawns, ceviche, coffee braised pork and avocado ice cream. You can find the full menu here.

The Essentials

iLatina is open Tuesday through Saturday in the neighborhood of Colegiales. The meal costs 600ARS, drinks not included. You can make reservations online, by email reservas@ilatinabuenosaires.com or by calling 4857 9095.

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