Buenos Aires private cuisine.

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A very private affair (IN Magazine) by Mariano Wolfson.

Buenos Aires has a delicious new dining trend: restaurants located in intimate settings, inlcuding the homes of profesional chefs.

Over the past few years, small-scale eateries in and around Argentina´s capital have begun to offer gourmet meals in cozy, private settings. They mainly dependo n Word-of-mouth advertising and require advanced reservations. The idea is to recover the artisanal aspect of the culinary art in a context that offers more personal service, eschewing the pressure and clamor that can plague traditional restaurants. There are currently more tan 30 such dining opportunities in the city and province of Buenos Aires, many of them located in the home sor apartments of profesional chefs and others in unmarked sites.

CASA SALTSHAKER

A Recoleta apartment is the setting for this restaurant, which offers a new prix fixe, five-course meal each week and specializes in eclectic home cooking. Open two or three times a week with seating for no more than 12.

www.casasaltshaker.com

TREINTASILLAS

Signature Mediterranean cuisine is the house speciality at this private restaurant in Colegiales. The menú changes weekly. Seats 24.

www.treintasillas.com

ALMACÉN SECRETO

Those lucky enough to dine in this Villa Crespo manor house are treated to regional Argentinean cuisine. Open Tuesday through Saturday.

http://almacensecretoclub.blogspot.com

CASA COUPAGE

Located in an unmarked house in Palermo, offers modern Argentinean cuisine made from fresh, seasonal produce and occasionally hosts wine tastings. Open Wednesday through Saturday.

www.casacoupage.com

PALADAR

Each month, this Villa Crespo restaurant focuses on a different winery and turns out fresh, healthy dishes top air with its products. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a maximun capacity of 16.

www.paladarbuenosaires.com.ar

LA COCINA DISCRETA

Located in a private home in the Villa Crespo neighborhood, this restaurant offers fusión-style cuisine with signature touches. The menu includes two choices of appetizer, three entrees and a dessert. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Seats 18.

www.lacocinadiscreta.com

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