Lost Foodie #4- Mychael Henry

Mr. Henry

 

Stats: Mychael Henry, 31. Have been living in Buenos Aires for just under three years. Owner of Poke, a pop-up restaurant and inspiring to be the know-all-be-all of street-food throughout Latin America (eventually Asia). You can follow me at @mychael_h and @poke_restaurant.

Restaurants

Caseros- This is my date spot (so I don’t go very often)! This part of Caseros, the street, is one of my favorite parts of the city; beautifully tree-lined with french architecture. All the restaurants that share the block with Caseros are really good, but Caseros is definitely the stand-out. It’s one of those neighborhood spots you find yourself eating at two or three times a week. If the lamb chops are on the menu make sure to get’em.

Mamani- Besides having an extensive menu of EVERY single Peruvian dish known to man, the menu translations to English are hilarious. Go for two things, “menu del día” served from 12:00-16:00, and the wonton soup. The best in the city! Great clear chicken broth, decent wonton filling but great skin, and tons of bok choy! (soup $40)

Carlitos- Another Peruvian joint in Abasto. “Cuarto pollo, el pecho.” Comes with a salad and thick cut fries! A little slice of Heaven for $30.

“Snack Bar” inside of Asia Oriental- When shopping for Poke in Barrio Chino, I typically like to grab a stool at “Snack Bar” (that’s the name on the factura). It’s the only place I know of in the city where one can actually watch the cooks working the hotline with their woks and ladles. I typically stick to two things, the sesame noodles and won ton soup. $30

 

Street Food: This is where things get good! Generally speaking Buenos Aires doesn’t have a big street food scene. The reason – it’s illegal unless you stick to certain items ie., choripan, bondiola, panchos, paty.

The best choripan and the coldest litro of Quilmes I’ve had  is in a super sketchy part of the city, the market between Retiro subte station and the bus terminal. Street kids will just look at you as you’re trying to enjoy your food. In the end, you’ll end up giving them the last few bites so that they leave you alone. It will be oh so worth it, because on a hot day, there is nothing better then watching the guy behind the bar pull out a frosty litro of Quilmes from the chest freezer.

Peruvian street food, Sarmiento and Pueyrredon Saturdays and Sunday. Also sketchy, the food as well as the set up. These vendors get busted by the cops all the time for selling food illegally on the street. The work around, you pay for the food with one person, and then someone will run up to you with your order. It’s like buying crack on the tv show The Wire, but Lomo Saltado instead. For $15 it’s hard to complain.

Bondiola completa, Av. Valentin Alsina and Av. Tornquist (next to the Campo de Golf). Look for the red food stand. The guy who owns this stand looks like a galley cook on a pirate ship in grease covered whites (white crew neck, white apron). So its okay to be a little nervous when placing an order. The bondiola here is the real deal – slow cooked and cut to order, served on stale Argentine bread. Get a it “completa” with a fanta.

Sincerely, Mychael

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