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.
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.
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
- a tad expensive
- complimentary tuna pate