Grilled oysters, strawberries and seaweed
Costa Rica 5852, Palermo, Buenos Aires
+54 11 4770 9500
Chief reason to visit: A smart setting with an equally sophisticated tasting menu, Tegui has put contemporary Argentine cuisine on the map, debuting on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list at No.49 this year.
A few words on the chef: Honing his skills in France, the US and Argentina, Germán Martitegui takes pride in using local produce. Low key in person, Martitegui lets his food do the talking and was chosen by his peers to win this year’s Chef’s Choice Award, sponsored by Estrella Damm.
Typical dishes: Scallops, kefir cream and quinoa; goat’s cheese, kiwicha and cayote; long-finned tuna, egg yolk and breadcrumbs.
Before it all began: Although he has an international relations degree under his belt, the chef’s passion for cooking won through. In the early days, he worked with Argentine culinary legends, including pastry chef Beatriz Chomnalez and fire-starting king Francis Mallmann.
What’s the vibe? Street art adorns the façade; step through the discrete black door to unveil a stylish establishment with an open kitchen. Oenophiles will adore the wine cellar for its labels and aesthetics.
What else? Martitegui co-hosts Argentina’s edition of MasterChef, where he is known as the ‘mean guy’.
Images: Joe Lucena and Marcelo Setton