Buenos Aires

The embodiment of Argentine-Jewish haute cuisine


On the Pass

Tomás Kalika

Mishiguene, which means crazy in Yiddish, honours Argentina’s Jewish immigrant heritage by reinventing Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Israeli and Middle Eastern cooking. Here, nouvelle techniques are applied to old world recipes, using the highest-quality ingredients possible. Chef Tomás Kalika spent years learning Middle Eastern flavour profiles and many of Mishiguene’s dishes were inspired by personal events in Kalika’s life, including a Russian-Polish borscht and spit-roasted Moroccan lamb.

Every Friday night Mishiguene celebrates Shabbat, and the entire restaurant breaks out in song and dance, led by a klezmer band that plays live music. For the ultimate experience, request the special tasting menu and sit at the chef’s table inside the kitchen. During the pandemic, Mishiguene upped the tempo further, providing a delivery service and an outdoor terrace for its guests, and in September 2021, the new Café Mishiguene joined its ranks.