Gringos Best Kept Secret from Porteños

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. We did not receive any compensation, services or goods for the post. The opinions are my own drawn from the dining experience with my BA hosts. Photos were taken at a later date, as coordinated by iLatina at my own request.

IMG_2968The beauty of travel and being a foodie is that I love to spoil myself with a delicious meal with an excellent bottle of red. After doing some due diligence, I felt that I had found the best restaurant for the ultimate foodie experience in Buenos Aires to treat my hosts for an exceptional gastronomical experience. One would think I would have found an incredible steak house or perhaps, a parrilla (a dime a dozen in BA) but I went for a tasting menu that would take my taste buds on a tour of Central and South America.

Located on Murillo 725, an area known for the sale of high-quality leather goods, my hosts inclusive of their foodie friends had no idea this place had existed – #win. Tucked away behind its gates, sits a quaint and comfortable restaurant where the dishes and presentation were nothing less than exceptional. Originally from Colombia, Santiago, Camilo and Laura Macias, three siblings banned together to move their restaurant idea to one of the busiest and most frequented cities of South America, Buenos Aires.

How did I find this exceptional restaurant? TripAdvisor.

iLatina has very much earned and deserves their #1 ranking

IMG_3001Having spent a lot of their childhood growing up with their grandmother in Cartagena, Colombia; it would only be natural that they would draw their inspiration from her Caribbean Colombian dishes. Unbeknownst to them at the time, their experiences of watching her create meals full of love, culture, colour and exceptional flavour would be the platform to their future success in the restaurant business.

What makes iLatina different than other restaurants?

Definitely, it would be their passion to combine ancestral and traditional ingredients with a modern and sophisticated touch while sharing it with all of their patrons.

Whether you’re a local or a tourist in Buenos Aires, why wouldn’t you want to take a trip to different parts of Central and South America with their tasting menus.

From the islands to Peru, they certainly add a flare to their dishes that every foodie can appreciate.

IMG_3011How was the overall experience?

From the moment I walked into the door, we were greeted kindly and offered complimentary sparkling wine with our amuse bouche.

Again, because of my due diligence I always take a look in advance to whether the style would suit my dining style. What I loved about the tasting menu is that they also offer a wine pairing option as well and relative to Toronto prices, this was a steal.

Instead, I opted to go for the wine list to try something different given that the sommelier had told us that wines are selected on blind tastings and not by labels and brands. What can I say, I have a lot of admiration for restaurants that stock their cellars from small bodegas (wineries) from Argentina and Chile. Great wine and supporting local wineries? Double win.

Between the delish tapas that were served, and that amazing mojito palette cleanser. I have to say that their known dishes are iconic for a reason.

How could one not like a Braised pork in a Colombian coffee and sugar cane reduction? Or, my fave the Baru styled ceviche!

Major Takeaway?

Totally worth the investment if you’re into a real gastronomical experience in Buenos Aires.

I am still stunned that locals haven’t really heard about this spot proving that iLatina is certainly the Gringos best kept secret from Porteños.


19 thoughts on “Gringos Best Kept Secret from Porteños

  1. Splurging on a fantastic meal is one of my favorite things about traveling to different places! This sounds like a wonderful place to eat! I’ll definitely have to check it out when I visit Buenos Aires!

  2. A agree about splurging. We usually skimped on breakfast and lunch so we could experience fine dining in the evening. It’s a shame that locals haven’t heard of it. They need to do some advertising. 🙂

    • Hah.. it’s not because of lack of advertising I’m sure. Argentinians have a wide selection of places to eat from and economically, unless you are making some serious coin.. this isn’t the place where most would spend it. Those who have the luxury certainly make their ways here, which makes sense to why travellers from developed countries have found this spot vs. locals.

  3. i think it’s quite fine to fine-target one particular experience, or service, and say yes yes this is a very good thing. this is clearly a different type of experience, and a blog is a perfect place to share it.

    • it was a very excellent experience, and i find that authentic experiences like this was awesome. perfect place to spoil yourself or someone else with a tasting menu. i believe iLatina is truly an exceptional gastronomical experience giving toronto and nyc restaurants a run for their money. truly, a gem and fabulous find.

  4. Sounds like an amazing place! I will have to go check it out. I definitely like to spoil myself every once in a while with some good meals. It’s always worth it.

  5. Looks like a great place for a foodie. I’ve been thinking of going to a Latin American restaurant in my city for a while, I don’t know why I am still postponing it. I love the cuisine and it is not like I am going to that part of the world any time soon.

  6. Looks like a nice little restaurant. And it’s a-okay to splurge sometimes! It’s all about the dining experience you can take from it… and it looks like you had a great one! 🙂

  7. One of my fave things to going to a nice resto or two at my travel destination. iLatina certainly sounds like a good choice. I like how the name is also in the feminine voice vs. iLatino.

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