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.
The 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
Having 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.
How 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!
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.