Spring Restaurante Vegetariano
Bulnes 2577, Palermo, Buenos Aires 4807 8201
In this city, the words cheap and ethnic don’t go hand in hand, though when I do stumble across one, it always involves lots of excitement, jumping up and down in joy, and then writing about it. This restaurant, thankfully, was mentioned a few days ago by a good friend, and because of him I am able to shove less steaks, eat less limp salads, and relieve myself from over sauced pastas.
The place is cleaner than most chinese restaurants that I’ve written about. One side of the restaurant is filled with hot trays of food, and the other side has a simple sitting area with a TV in the corner. This restaurant has a mix of Chinese and Argentine influence. The Taiwanese woman sits behind the registry, her little daughter playing with the Argentine waiter, while Chinese instruments are playing in the background. Then out of a sudden an Argentine chef walks out with trays of food. Oh no. An Argentine chef? I quickly looked around, and was relieved to see some asians sitting at the tables. A great place to eat after a long day at work, or a stop in at lunch to take-it-to-go.
The buffet has good varieties of options to choose from: an impressive salad bar, a carb overdose display of pizzas, pastas, french fries, all things fried, a display of desserts, and then (pause) there is the Chinese section. The exciting part. There are delicious chinese stir-fried dishes that aren’t oily, nor too sweet, nor too salty. There are soy-by products that are made into a delicious fish dish and a sweet and sour pork-like dish, which all reminded me of veggie-loving Taiwan. And then it keeps going on: fried brown rice, rice noodles, dumplings, spring rolls and chinese buns- all continuing to build the anticipation of a good meal. 48 pesos per person, buffet style, or take it to go with the cost of 19 pesos/kilo. Great deal? Seems like an awesome deal, unless you calculate the cost of all these veggie dishes? Though all that doesn’t matter, especially when the greedy asian had 4 VERY generous helpings, and walked out not even having to spill out the 100 peso bill.
- good chinese varieties: appreciate the not too generic soy-sauce based chinese dishes
- salad bar: avocado, artichokes, marinated eggplants, egg dishes, and great salad options
- the option of taking it to go for only 19 pesos/kilo
- ambiance: cleaner and more inviting then other chinese places
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