Antares Pub, Palermo

March 26, 2007 by · 4 Comments 

Antares Pub in Palermo, Buenos Aires

It’s all about the beer at Antares

In the search for a true beer drinkers’ pub in the city of Buenos Aires, it can be difficult to come across something truly original and refreshing. A long time staple for home grown taste, Buller Brewing Company bar in Recoleta now has some competition from Antares Pub in the stylish neighborhood of Palermo. The limited selection of cerveza artesanal (handcrafted beer) in Buenos Aires makes Antares a must-visit for all beer lovers.

If you are interested in checking out some of the more interesting brews at Antares, they offer a 7 beer sampler which is as tasty as it is cute to look at (Bueller offers its own 6 beer taste-test as described here by BA blogger Ken in his review).

Pictured below, a quick look at the hopeful competitors, the seven different beers at Antares:

Beer Sampler in Antares Bar

Please note that the 7th and final beer, pictured on the right, is a GREEN concoction made specifically to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, holding the place for the Imperial Stout, which normally finishes off the set.

Buenos Aires’ Best Beer?

In searching for the perfect brew in Buenos Aires, it must be stated that the Scotch Ale at Antares is simply fantastic. It has a sweet aroma somewhat reminiscent of butterscotch, accompanied by an appropriately pleasing caramel color. The flavor is initially so smooth on the palette that you will be lulled into a false sense of security, but it soon moves about the mouth in a complex fashion that leads to an oh-so-welcome pleasantly hoppy finish. After you finish one pint, almost certainly quickly, you’ll want another. Antares Scotch Ale, although in a league of it’s own, can be likened to the Oktoberfest at Buller, as both have tones of caramel and finish more tartly.

Antares vs. Buller

So, specific beers aside, which place is better for a lover of beer, Antares or Buller? Both places are great if you stick to their strengths – at Buller try the refreshing Light Lager, or their strong and flavorsome Honey Beer. At Antares you have a quite remarkable Scotch Ale, alongside the almost as enjoyable and equally drinkable Porter. Overall, Buller may have a more consistent level of quality, but Antares has two surefire winners up its sleeve. 

Antares Bar – The Place

Antares, as a venue for drinking, is a very nicely done, brand spanking new bar that fits in very well with the other stylish locations found around it in Palermo Soho. From the large shiny beer dispensers to the several pieces of beer related memorabilia, and especially the extremely long bar, there is something for every serious ale drinker. And for those more interested in the ambiance and design of the place, it is beautifully done in a very modern way, and the place does get buzzing fairly early, so Antares does not disappoint in this way either.

Finally, in terms of prices, it’s a good deal. Pints are cheap enough, but with a daily 7pm-9pm happy hour, when pints are two for the price of one, you’re getting high quality for top value. Let’s just hope they can keep the prices and happy hour this way, and not cave in to the spiraling prices we are seeing across the rest of the city.

Location of Antares Pub

Armenia 1447, between Gorriti and Jose A. Cabrera, Palermo Soho

Tel: 4833-9611, Website: http://www.cervezaantares.com

Morelia, Palermo Hollywood

March 2, 2007 by · 7 Comments 

Morelia is located in Palermo HollywoodPizza abounds in Buenos Aires

When reviewing the restaurant scene in Buenos Aires, you will certainly happen upon a number of pizza restaurants, and the reason is simple: People here LOVE pizza.

If you do too, then Buenos Aires is a great place to be. Pizzerias like Guerrin in the City Center Banchero in La Boca and Piola in Recoleta, and each has all it’s different styles and attractions. However, Morelia Pizzeria of Palermo creates it’s own style and ambiance that adds even more flavor to the already long list of notable Buenos Aires pizzerias.

Morelia’s Pizza a la Parrilla

In short, pizza a la parrilla means pizza cooked on a grill. A parrilla is the traditional Argentine grill that is usually used for cooking basically an entire cow’s worth of meat, either outside at a gathering of family and/or friends, or in one of the many parrilla restaurants that are so common in Buenos Aires and the rest of Argentina. But in this case, at Morelia and other similar pizzerias, it is a wafer-thin pizza crust that is placed on the parrilla/grill, topped, and warmed through in a matter of moments. The technique is explained in this post by Saltshaker (which also happens to include a review of Morelia). Head to Palermo Hollywood to try it out for yourself…

Morelia Pizza Restaurant and Lounge

Morelia is apparently a lounge in addition to being a pizza restaurant. This is the kind of thing you come to expect in the ice cool area of Palermo Hollywood, and the lounge part is explained by the addition of a few sofas with coffee tables near the entrance and the slightly lounge bar vibe you get from an occasional in-house DJ. No actual lounge music played though, for the record. Ignore the music, ignore the lounge (whatever that is), most certainly ignore the Palermo Hollywood pretensions, and just head to the back, grab a comfy booth seat if you can, and eat some pizza. That’s why you’re here.

Morelia does a fine pizza a la parrilla

The Pizza

The pizza may seem overwhelming in the previous picture, and in diameter it certainly is, but the thinness of the crust means appearances are a little deceptive. This is actually a Pizza Chica, which is slightly confusing because it is their middle size on the menu (flanked by individual and grande) and meant for 2 people. The toppings? Pictured above is a Calabresa, which in addition to the usual suspects of mozzarella, tomato sauce and green olives, features slices of calabresa sausage (a bit like chorizo, only with a faint hint of spiciness) and some strips of red and green peppers. And it goes down like a charm. The pastas are also of top quality, and the melt-in-your-mouth gnocchis are pictured below.

My fiancee is addicted to Noquis! Here they are once again at Morelia...

Palermo Hollywood vs. Las Cañitas

Morelia has two locations in Buenos Aires, with both areas having pretensions of being extremely hip. The Las Cañitas restaurant is the original, and is also a fair amount larger than the Palermo Hollywood one, due to it’s two full floors. However, both the food and the service at the Palermo Hollywood location are generally better. Wherever you go, if you order pizza a la parrilla at least you know you will not have to wait long… it comes lightning fast because the thin crust takes no time at all to cook. And the surroundings in both restaurants have a pleasant, subtle design, providing for a very comfortable meal.

The bar in Morelia, Palermo Hollywood

Location of Morelia, Buenos Aires

Humboldt 2005, corner of Nicaragua, Palermo Hollywood
[Other branches: Baez 260 (Las Cañitas)]

Tel: 4772-5979

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