Las Pizarras Bistro | Pate and Duck Confit | Palermo

walking in

the chalkboard menu

finally good bread

oh the wonderful pate

 

delightful salmon starter

snapper

beautiful duck confit

Las Pizarras Bistro

Thames 2296, Palermo, Buenos Aires 4775 0625

I am setting forth to declare my breakup with one of my favorite restaurant, Cafe San Juan. I have found a new love: Mr. Las Pizarras Bistro. There is no need to fight the tourists for reservations, or wondering why the flavours (consistency) have left the dishes, or getting pushed out the door as the next group is being hurried in. This funky bistro serves up a notable pate (better than the rabbit pate in CSJ), a piece of beautiful duck confit- done well, and not to say the service allows a comfortable 2-3 hours dinner without feeling the need to go anywhere. 

Restaurant Critic

The place from the outside is not eye catching, though it does grows on you; once settled in, one will notice the funky decor and fun decorations. The space is intimately small, tables close, the old and new feel mixed together as one is reminded of a restaurant somewhere in a small town, in the middle of nowhere. The wall of the restaurant is covered with chalkboards, listing from the wines to the desserts. The waiter, with an artistic swirl of a moustache, and a proper-humorous service made the whole dining experience all that more fun. It is a perfect option if you are around the area, for an easy night out with friends, family, dates, or even dining alone.

Food Critic

Good french crusty, chewy bread? Check! Good selections of wine list? Check! Pate with a sprinkle of salt? Check! Wait..they have duck? Check! Overall, the seafood is well prepared, their starters are generous, and the sides that goes around and under the mains were distinctively flavourful. My favorite for dessert is their apple crumble carrying a hint of poppy seeds, and topping it off with a scoop of gelato. Price? For two starters, a bottle of wine, two mains, and one dessert, the bill comes down to 380 pesos ($90) including tip. Indefinitely you can drop it down to 100 pesos ($23) per person and have a starter to share, a main and a glass of their decent selections of open bottle wines.

Pros

  • good service: splitting the mains to share
  • generous starters
  • small menu, with good varieties to choose from: rabbit ravioli, fish, steak, risotto etc.
  • unique intimate ambiance
  • little food elements: the coffee grounds sprinkled onto the butter is a good touch
  • my favorites: pate with chutney, salmon starter with artichoke hearts in vinaigrette dressing, complimentary bread, duck confit, their fish, and dessert
Cons
  • steak is okay: focus on other dishes, and get steaks at parrillas
  • Rodrigo the chef should smile more:)
  • would be thrilled to see more bold bold flavours and other renovating dishes in the future, mm mussels with wine sauce perhaps? 

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Sarah G. - From the world - July 27, 2012 - 9:55 pm

It’s been a while I don’t go there, but starters used to be sooo good. I’ve never been amazed by any main course, but everything was well done. I’ve been there about 4 times and never left disappointed.

Once Rodrigo came and talked to us. He was very nice and curious about us. Maybe he was in a bad day. :)

FrancesRenHuang - November 11, 2011 - 12:48 am

Strong personality…jajaja.

Martin Rosberg - November 10, 2011 - 2:01 pm

Another great food/restaurant review. Rodrigo is a great young chef with a strong personality, I love him.
Totally agree on CSJ, I add that they are quite overpriced now, but who can argue with TV stars.
Keep up the good blogging!

Julia - October 31, 2011 - 6:51 pm

This looks amazing although the mere words ‘breakup with Cafe San Juan’ sent a chill up my spine (as it’s also my favourite). I do agree CSJ is a bit of an art (you want the latest reservation on a weekend, etc)… but voila. I will head to Las Pizarras ASAP upon my return to BA, if nothing else bc I am already jonesing to try their pate! Beautiful pictures as always.

Allie - October 27, 2011 - 12:21 am

that salmon and artichoke starter looks divine!

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