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Mariano Álvarez, the South Plug

Corazón Contento

By Jade Arroyo

A bistro is defined as a small restaurant with food served by its owners, made from fresh products. Buenos Aires Bistro captures the gastronomy of Buenos Aires and brings it to our town. This is a warm and authentic space, where you find unpretentious and delicious food.

Among the dishes on the menu, which have Argentinian names such as “Puerto Madero salad” or the classic empanadas de humita (grated corn empanadas), we find a variety that can satisfy different types of diners, from fresh pasta like ravioli, homemade gnocchi and fettuccini and shrimp in cream, grilled vegetables; delicious appetizers or one of the seven Argentine cuts: short ribs, beef tenderloin, picanha (sirloin cap), sirloin strip steak, flank steak and skirt steak.

“I love everything on the menu” says Mariano, a self-taught chef. A man with a deep love for food, he is a perfectionist who also has the obsession of an artist. He is a meat purist, who investigates the origin of the cuts and lets the ingredients speak for themselves.

A lover of the dual art that is gastronomy, he learned the trade from childhood with his mother in the kitchen and his father on the asador (grill). The place itself is a homage to the family, an inviting and warm space where friends can meet.

There are milonga classes every Wednesday at 7pm, and reservations are recommended.

Mariano shared his recipe for traditional chimichurri sauce.


Argentinian Style Fresh Chimichurri Sauce

1 cup chopped fresh oregano

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/4 cup chopped dry guajillo chili

1/4 cup crushed dried chili de arbol (optional)

2 tablespoons chopped garlic

1/4 cup vinegar

2 cups of oil

Salt and pepper to taste



Combine all ingredients in a glass jar. Cover with oil so that all the ingredients are marinating. Dissolve salt in vinegar before combining it with the rest of the ingredients. Let it stand for one day. Use as a meat marinade or as a sauce to put on meat or bread. It will last a week when refrigerated.



Buenos Aires Bistro

Mesones 62 Centro

Tel. 154 6390

FB | Buenos Aires Bistro



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