The Parrilla Tour, San Telmo’s Best Asado
Buenos Aires’ Asado culture has made the city a foodie travel destination. Many of the restaurants listed in guide books or travel sites aren’t the best places in the city to enjoy an authentic parrilla experience. The Parrilla Tour offers walking foodie tours to sample the best asado the city has to offer.
The Parrilla Tour is a walking tour that includes a visit to three authentic parrillas for the ultimate Argentine asado meal, that includes the quintessential dishes that make the Argentina asado world famous. Our guide and host explained the different cuts of meat, the types of sauces and the traditions, etiquette and explanations of the local food. Tours last three hours, to fully enjoy the slow-paced, leisurely meals, and good conversations that come along with the parrilla experience.
I attended the San Telmo Tour, which was a blast. The Parrilla Tour also offers a circuit in Las Canitas, one of the loveliest neighborhoods in the city, well-renowned for it’s great dining scene. In San Telmo, we started off with some incredible empanada appetizers, followed by Buenos Aires’ best street food, the choripan:
The chori-pans were served up at a small ‘hole-in-the-wall authentic place. This is not the place the NYT’s tells you to eat, this is where a local might take you.
Next we went to another very cool parrilla for the main event. We started with provoleta, a grilled hard provolone cheese which is by far my favorite traditional Argentine food:
Then we tried two delicious cuts of meat, served with salad and a glass of Malbec, and topped with spicy chimichurri sauce.
The tour concludes with a super-sweet treat: a scoop of ice cream in one of San Telmo’s most delicious hidden treasures: a heladeria with specialty flavors like mate, lemon pisco and ginger-honey ice cream. I had super-sambayon con nueces.
The Parrilla Tour was a blast! It was a great way to meet other people and enjoy some of the best asado the city has to offer. The tour is offered in English, Español and Portuguese. Whether you’re a professional chef, dedicated foodie, or just hungry; this tour is not to be missed.
Want to get your asado on? Take The Parrilla Tour, offered daily in either Palermo or San Telmo.