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Behind Closed Doors: The Secret Underground Dining Scene in Buenos Aires

In recent years, puertas cerradas, or closed door restaurants, have been all the rave in Buenos Aires. This secret restaurant/supper club-esque hybrid creates a familiar atmosphere where guests can enjoy a fine dining experience in the intimate setting of the chef’s home.

Available by reservation only and open to a limited number of guests each week, puertas cerradas attract both foreignes and locals looking for a unique culinary experience.

While generally there is just one set menu, the layout differs depending on the location: some closed doors have communal tables to give diners a chance to mingle, while others consist of a more traditional restaurant setting with separate tables.

If you are a foodie seeking to be in the know, look no further!  Just check out Expanish School Blog’s ultimate guide to closed door restaurants:

Paladar Buenos Aires

Villa Crespo

AR$135 – AR$180

Be invited into Chef Pedro and Somellier Ivana’s lovely Buenos Aires apartment for an equisite, well-thoughout dining experience focused around both food and wine.

Treintasillas

Palermo

AR$140

This 4-course menu is carefully planned by Argentine chef Ezequiel Gallardo, who each week comes up with creative yet simple dishes to serve to a mostly local clientele.

Casa Mun

Palermo

AR$190

The newest to be inducted into the closed door restaurant hall of fame, Korean-American Chef Mun brings much needed Asian flavors to Buenos Aires in the form of a perfectly executed 5-course meal with wine pairings.

Casa Salt Shaker

Recoleta

AR$130 – AR$190

A pioneer in the BA puertas cerradas scene, American Chef Dan Perlman prepares sophisticated meals, each week focusing around one theme.

 

Cocina Sunae

Colegiales

AR$110

Hailing from New York, Asian-American chef Christina Sunae Wiseman entices hungry diners with her Southeast Asian cooking, combining exotic spicy, sweet and savory flavors.

Casa Felix

Chacarita

AR$150

This five course pescetarian tasting menu has achieved critical acclaim after being included in international publications. Chef Diego Felix and his American wife Sanra Ritten also travel worldwide hosting pop-up dinners featuring Latin American cusine.

La Cocina Secreta

Palermo

AR$80

Have Alejandro and Rosana open the doors of their home to invite you to this private restaurant and art gallery dining experience.  Not only do guests enjoy a 3 course meal, but they also are able to enjoy the other key players of the experience: beautiful music and an exposition of different pieces of art and photography.

Jueves a la Mesa

San Telmo

AR$75

Buena Onda Yoga founder Meaghan Lewis brings the first ever vegetarian closed door restaurant to Argentina.  Each Thursday meal is packed with hearty salads, homemade bread, spicy main dishes and delcious desserts.  She even makes healthy homemade chocolate!

Afro-Kitschen

Palermo

AR$100

Each Friday, South African expat chef Nikki Froneman invites the public to enjoy a 3 course homemade menu, made with lots of love, inspired by her African roots and travel experiences.

Paladar Doña Fela – Del Caribe

Almagro

AR$90

It doesn’t get more Cuban than drinking mojitos, smoking cigars, listening to the Buena Vista Social Club and eating delicious Caribbean flavors.

Check out additional information on BA’s Closed Door scene:

Black Book Magazine

New York Times

Planeta Joy

Allie

Photo Credits:

[Alexandra14] Cocina Sunae

[Alexandra15] Casa Felix

[Alexandra16] Pick Up The Fork

[Alexandra17] Casa Mun