El Almacen de los Milagros | Cafe and Bistro in Recoleta | The Lost Asian

the small cute space

house breads

tuna pate

the colorful vegetable terrine

the shrimp starter

milanesa of the brain...mmm

the tender deer

the pigeon

the fish

the creamy chocolate dessert

the apple tartine

finishing up

El Almacen de los Milagros


Pres. Manuel Quintana, Av. 210, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 4814 0533

This is an absolute gem, one of my top picks in the Recoleta area: not boringly old-style, and snobbishly expensive. This small restaurant tucked in the corner of Recoleta opens day and night, serving coffee, delicious pastries, and a few dishes and salads during the day; in the evenings, the food transforms to an array of bold flavours and colours- a delightful dining experience. I came with fabulous friends who raved about the friendly owner, and the food. He lives a few blocks down to conveniently drop by for few drinks and then stumble together for a long night of feasting and mmming. 

Restaurant Critic

This corner restaurant, when walking in opens up to this triangular shape space that could easily be seen as a cafe, a bistro, or an intimate space for dining and wining. The decor is classy and simple; white linen cloth, sparkly wine glasses, black and white checkered floor, and big glass windows looking out. The owner, a woman with all smiles offers suggestions- the option of menu tasting, or a la carte. Through the meal, she handed us a beautiful complimentary starter, cheese to finish, and breads to take home in the end. For dinner, tis a perfect place for a special occasion with friends or love ones- laid back but with just enough elegance.

Food Critic

The presentations are boldly colourful, in parallel with the creative options they play in the menu; the deer steak, the stuffed pigeon, and the milanesa of the brain. Elegantly put together, the dishes play with refined dining, with a twist of local cuisine. Surprised at how much I enjoyed the vegetable terrine, gaping at how much I love the creaminess of the milanesa, and savouring the perfect delicacy of the deer steak; along with everything else, the fish was well-cooked, the pigeon simply delicious, and the desserts are a must order. The bill? After 3 bottles of delicious wines, 2 starters to share, a main dish each, desserts, and coffees (we are pigs), the bill came down to about 250 pesos/person ($60); easily can pull through under 200 pesos if you aren’t drunk and starving like us. Though after said and done, definitely a recommendation for their service, and renovating dishes in a layback beautiful space.


  • superb service: english speaking, friendly, and personalized experience
  • options: coffee and pastries/lunch and dinner options
  • extensive wine list
  • beautiful ambiance
  • bold colours along with experimental dishes
  • desserts
  • a tad expensive
  • complimentary tuna pate



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FrancesRenHuang - November 11, 2011 - 12:48 am

Yeah, me too. Before I thought they only did pastries and lunches. Very good food- young chef as well.

Martin Rosberg - November 10, 2011 - 1:56 pm

This seems like an interesting venue, I’ve heard about it from Hernán G. but didn’t know they had that cuisine on the evenings.
Can you have those dishes for lunch too?

Vijay Viswanathan (@crossexposure) - November 6, 2011 - 12:22 pm

Wow… I’ve known this place for quite a while and love going there for coffee/lunch, but did not realize they have such an incredible dinner menu. I can’t wait to go here for dinner when I’m back in Buenos Aires in December!

Terrific photos as always :)

[…] The chef´s involved in GAJO are Hernán Gipponi (Hernán Gipponi Restaurant), Matías Kyriasis (Paraje Arévalo and Casa Arévalo),Soledad Nardelli(Chila Buenos Aires Cuisine), Hernán Griccini (Mansión Algodón), Fernando Hara and Yago Márquez (Unik), Rodrigo Castilla (Las Pizarras); Gonzalo Aramburu (Aramburu), Juan Pedro Rastellino (Allium Catering), Antonio Soriano (Astor), Darío Gualtieri (Casa Umare), Juan Gaffuri (Four Seasons Hotel) and Martín Baquero (El Almacén de los Milagros). […]

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