Buenos Aires, Argentina
Chief reason to visit: Elegant Buenos Aires porteño cuisine revered by all culinary tastes.
A few words on the chef: Executive chef Juan Gaffuri joined the Four Seasons group when he was 16 and worked all over the world before returning to his home of Argentina. He is joined in the kitchen at Elena by head chef Nicolás Díaz Rosáenz.
Typical dishes: Grilled sweetbreads; burrata al salmorejo; squid-ink rice; Elena stuffed potato; 45-day dry-aged T-Bone steak: everything Argentinian served with style and panache.
What’s the vibe? A local restaurant gem in Recoleta, Elena appeals to the whole family, making it the ideal spot for special occasions, family gatherings, and for travellers unfamiliar with porteño cuisine.
What’s the dining space like? The luxurious two-storey space features a grand spiral staircase, lush wood and leather furnishings, and an open kitchen with a large marble butcher’s block.
What else? Every Sunday, Elena serves one of the best and most popular brunch buffets in Buenos Aires.
Other ventures: Elena makes its own brand of homemade gelato, Dolce Morte, created by pastry chef Joaquin Grimaldi.