Buenos Aires, Argentina
Anchoita is a genuine crowd-pleaser, pulling in enthusiastic locals and visitors alike for what it does with the spoils of Argentina’s abundant natural larder. Ably led by pilot-turned-chef Enrique Piceyro, the kitchen sends out aged steaks, thrown for just the right amount of time on the charcoal grill, visible behind glass, and daily-fresh fish – a relative rarity in Buenos Aires. The dining space, with its red-brick walls, olive green banquette seating and honey-coloured wooden tables, is the restaurant interior equivalent of a bear hug. Ensure you leave room for the cheese course, which involves making a selection from a 50-strong inventory of Argentinian cheeses. Throw in a great wine and drinks list along with convivial music and it’s no wonder Piceyro is something of a local hero.
Juan Ramírez de Velasco 1520, Buenos Aires, C1414ARF