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Buenos Aires Cafe Este
Dated: June 4 2018
Buenos Aires CafĂ© Este
I was born and raised in Buenos Aires, and some of my favorite foods growing up were my motherâ€™s gnocchi and empanadas, a fruit salad my father made using wine, and Bananitas Dolca, banana-flavored candies with chocolate coating. And of course, I ate steak and French fries almost every day.
So I almost canâ€™t believe I havenâ€™t written anything about Buenos Aires CafĂ© yet because itâ€™s one of my very favorite restaurants in Austin. I knew about it before it even opened, back in 2005, and it was the first Argentine restaurant in the central Texas area. Iâ€™d met the owner, through a friend, and was very eager to see how the food in her restaurant would turn out. Believe me, it does not disappoint!
Their first location was on Oltorf and South First, and their main location now, on East Sixth, opened in 2008 followed by the Hill Country Galleria in 2010. Cafe Este is my favorite, I love being seated at different tables, because theyâ€™re covered with authentic photographs and clippings from Argentine newspapers and magazines, and itâ€™s always fun to see different places and names that I recognize from growing up in Argentina.
My most recent outing to Buenos Aires CafĂ© was last weekend for a late lunch with friends. We walked in to an empty restaurant, having already cleared out for the normal lunch hour rush. As I always do, I started our order with empanadas: two carne picante and two verdura empanadas. The carne picante ones are filled with spicy ground beef, green onions, raisins, hard boiled egg, green olives, and herbs and spices. They didnâ€™t make it into the picture because we gobbled them up almost instantaneously, but here are the verdura ones, filled with ricotta, spinach, onions, and parmesan:
They are fabulous and itâ€™s a staple I make everyone try who has never been there or never even tried an empanada before. But what makes them even more delicious is the chimichurri that we put on top, which is a sauce made with olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, vinegar and a couple of other secret ingredients.
For our main meal, we ordered two salads and one milanesa entrĂ©e. Mine was the baby spinach salad with feta, apples, spicy roasted pecans, and extra Portobello on top, tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. The other salad was the daily special, and it had dried cherries, sliced almonds, cheese, and a type of flower I canâ€™t remember on fresh baby spinach, also with extra grilled Portobello on top. The salad greens are deliciously crisp and fresh every time, and the dressings are never overwhelming. Then, the milanesa Napolitana dish came with two breaded and fried beef cutlets with ham, mozzarella slices and marinara sauce on top. Perfectly crispy and Parmesan fries, plus a small salad dressed with lemon balsamic vinaigrette, were included on the side.
Afterwards we were full (especially my friend who had the milanesa!) and almost went without dessert, but we couldnâ€™t say no to Buenos Aires CafĂ©â€™s signature Torta de Quatro Leches:
The traditional cake is called Tres Leches and is made with three milksâ€”evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and heavy creamâ€”but this one has a fourth â€śmilk,â€ť the dulce de leche, which is made by caramelizing sugar in milk. The cake was spongy and super moist without being mushy, and the whipped cream was lightly sweet and perfectly textured, not too airy. We were very happy with our meal and dessert. Still, we couldnâ€™t resist walking out with some alfajores de maicena (round, sweet biscuits with dulce de leche in the middle and coconut flakes) to go!
I think Buenos Aires CafĂ© will always be one of my favorites, and I love being able to enjoy authentic Argentine cuisine out of a kitchen thatâ€™s not my own or my motherâ€™s, over 5,000 miles away from the city of our family roots.
Austin continues to grow and although, some may say it's difficult to buy a property here, the truth is that there is something for everyone. You may not be able to buy right next door to the Buenos Aires Cafe, but drive a few miles South or East and you can own a home.
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Sonia was born in Argentina and has lived in the US since 1980 and in Austin since 2001. Besides being fully bilingual (English-Spanish), Sonia has made it her mission to gain extensive familiarity wi....
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