“Ideal para gente cool de entre 25 y 40 años,” this is how Planeta Joy describes Caseros (Av. Caseros 486), a “bodegón chic” in San Telmo. If this is the case, then I guess I am sort of obligated to try it as my ultimate goal in life is to be una persona cool that lunches at not just any old bodegón, but one that is oxymoronically chic. Trendy buzz words aside, Caseros is a place you venture to when you feel like eating well without compromising on ambience.
The restaurant is located near Parque Lezama, on Avenida Caseros, which used to be one of the more wealthier streets in Buenos Aires back in the 1800s when it housed hot filthy rich Brit businessmen who ran the city’s railroads.
The ravioli sauce had light herby flavors that combined perfectly with the ricotta stuffing. The little details really made the dish shine – flavorful tomatoes, a sprinkle of fresh basil and a side dish filled with shaved parmigiano reggiano. Only complaint? The portion was much smaller than the size of the salmon dish. Luckily, I ordered the white salmon (more for me, I win) and it was a great choice, cooked to perfection. At first, I had mixed feelings that it was surrounded by a thick pie-like crust, not what I had expected, but for the most part, besides the bottom where the dough became soggy, the textures worked well together. I enjoyed the roasted vegetables, but when eaten with the fish, it became almost a bit too salty and oily. I still ate almost all of it.
The annoying food watcher that I am, I couldn’t help but notice the a salmon salad and a dish of tagliatelle with shrimp at another table… that will be my next order. The whole lunch cost about AR$120, 2 glasses of wine + tip. Fairly priced in terms of quality and overall goodness. I’ll be back for more even though it is ALLL THE WAY in San Telmo. For more photos of Caseros, check out a complete photo album.