Mercado Central – An international Feast in Buenos Aires
Mercado Central is located in the heart of Vicente Lopez, a delightful hidden gem far from the center and the touristy areas. The restaurant was opened by four friends with 10 years of experience in hospitality and gastronomy: Gonzalo De Dominicis, Mariano Gomez, Jorge Noguera and Nicolas Lanzillotta.
We came here on a nice & chill Friday night and sat at a window table. The place is very cozy and romantic, lit with candles and dim lighting with inviting and warm atmosphere. The place is well decorated with large windows, well -spaced tables and many antique items and furniture such as a French desk from the 1950’s, a vintage national register, and an original 1940’s Toledo Ohio Industrial scale. There is a great deal of detail and attention put into every piece of decoration. Outside there’s a beautiful garden bar decorated with wooden benches & sofas surrounded by cactus and mini bonsai plants.
The cuisine demonstrates the chef’s excellence in high quality products and original combination of ingredients. The evening menu is small but very creative, innovative and rich; meat, fish homemade pastas, desserts and more. There’s a balance between new tastes and classic elements of international cuisine and a focus on excellent execution and presentation for each dish. The place also offers an expansive menu of beers and wines.
For an appetizer, we shared the Mollejas y Langostinos; Sweetbreads and Prawns with guacamole and green leaves on the side. This dish was absolutely exquisite and our favorite!
Next up we had two main courses; Entrecote with cooked vegetables on the side and Patagonian lamb ribs along with Roasted vegetables. The portions were quite big and all very tasty and delicious.
After one entry and two mains we couldn’t skip the desserts, so we happily ordered a coffee, which is served with biscotti and other sweets and a Baileys parfait. This fabulous treat was also very elaborate and imaginatively served with a chocolate roll filled with coffee cream and Chocolate Caramel Almonds on the side.
The staff were all very friendly, the service was very attentive, and the prices were remarkably good value and reasonable. This was a great culinary experience and its one of our absolute favorite new spots in Buenos Aires. This special gem is definitely worth a visit for its location, atmosphere, menu, service and affordable rates. Highly recommended!