What to eat in Argentina
By Kaya Brown
Argentina - South America’s second largest country - is a melting pot of all things culturally and geographically diverse and a must visit destination for all savvy travellers looking for an escape to a comparatively untouched landscape. The country is most famous for its tango, but great food and even greater wine can be found around every corner and there are few better ways to immerse yourself in a country than to eat as the locals do. This is why we’ve teamed up with our local Argentinian experts to bring you a round-up of all the must-eat dishes for your trip.
Beginning in the country’s bustling, cosmopolitan capital, why not start your trip with a taste of Argentina’s national dish: asado, the local term for barbeque, which involves grilling various meats on a roaring open fire. The concept of asado has recently taken the British street food scene by storm, but for a true Argentine experience we suggest heading to one of the many puerto cerradas (closed-door restaurants) that the city has to offer. Our local experts know their way around these secret restaurants like the back of their hand and will lead you through the hidden streets of Buenos Aires to experience only the most authentic asado.
Fresh fish and flavoursome chimichurri in Mesopotamia
Head northeast of the capital to the region of Mesopotamia, which is known for its subtropical climate and is home to the magnificent Iguazu Falls and the thriving ecosystem of the Ibera Wetlands. This region is bordered by Paraguay and Brazil and much of its local cuisine reflects this mix of cultures and flavours. We recommend making like the locals and sampling some Chipa, a cheese flavoured roll made from corn flour which was first invented by the Guaraní people, an indigenous population spread across Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina.
The Iguazu river is also abundant with delicious fresh fish, which is commonly served grilled or fried and is topped with the country’s famous chimichurri sauce. After a day spent exploring the falls, our local experts recommend visiting one of the many restaurants which line the river to sample this delicacy and relax with a glass of wine.
Speaking of wine, no trip to Argentina would be complete without an excursion to the sprawling vineyards of Mendoza. This western region is responsible for more than half of Argentina’s total wine production and is the home of the country’s famous malbec grape. Mendoza's best wineries are nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Our local experts can take you on a fabulous personalised tour of the vineyards where you can sample all that the region has to offer with a stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains.
World class lamb in Patagonia
Patagonia is the southern-most region of Argentina, famous for its varied landscape complete with icy glaciers, tranquil grasslands and arid deserts. This region is also famous for its lamb, which is often regarded as the best in the world and is heavily imported into Europe. The authentic way to enjoy Patagonian lamb is by sampling cordero al palo, or spit-roasted lamb. This dish is a local delicacy and can be found throughout the restaurants of El Chalten and El Calafate.
Follow your cordero al palo with some delicious chocolate, handcrafted by local chocolatiers in the region. Patagonia has been heavily influenced by Swiss and German culture, and their love of chocolate is just one example of this. The city of Bariloche, otherwise known as Little Switzerland, is widely regarded as the country’s chocolate hotspot and our experts on the ground can recommend the richest, melt-in-the-mouth chocolate for you to try.
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If you’re hungry for more information about Argentina and all that it has to offer as a destination, then allow us to connect you with our local tour operators to get your trip booked. With a wealth of knowledge and local expertise, they’ll be able to plan your bespoke Argentinian trip of a lifetime.