In Buenos Aires, supermercados chinos (literally, “Chinese supermarkets”) dominate the second tier of grocery markets- there are dozens in every neighborhood and, forming a broad network that covers the metropolis, they have influence in controlling and setting prices. While Chinese restaurants are nearly as ubiquitous, they are sadly not the star in Chinese cultural imports.
Most restaurants are overly greasy and grossly lacking in vegetables (for this reason it is not recommendable to just stop in on your neighborhood restaurant). Buenos Aires’ Chinatown (barrio chino), located in the Belgrano neighborhood, does offer a few promising alternatives (and even if you aren’t in the mood to eat, the small neighborhood is your best bet for finding hot sauce and chili peppers). However, if you aren’t willing to trek down to Belgrano, Buenos Aires does offer other ways to get your Chow-Mien fix in more immediate surroundings.
What stands out most at BuddhaBA is the ambiance- the walls are a passionate red color and birds of paradise decorate the restaurant. Each place setting is artfully arranged, and there is an art gallery with rotating exhibition located within this giant white house. However, we shouldn’t dismiss the food- plenty of vegetables and interesting sauces spice up the menu.
Tel: (5411) 4706-2382
Open Tuesday through Sunday. Open for dinner every night except Sunday, lunch is served on weekends
Located in Barrio Chino, this is one of the best Chinese restaurants BA has to offer. However, don’t expect any pretentiousness to come from here- the décor and food are modest and reasonably priced. If Chinese food is what you are after, it is definitely worth the trip to Belgrano.
Tel: (5411) 4777-6789
Open Monday to Sunday for lunch and dinner
This restaurant is very new, and one of the great, underestimated Chinese restaurants of the city. Housed in a very clean, almost sterile locale, the restaurant serves up noodle dishes with flavor (and vegetables). They also have a great wine list.
Tel: (5411) 4807-8201
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