Back in the good ole BA days, when the colectivo cost 80 centavos, Sudestada offered one of the best lunch specials in Palermo. Fast forward a few years, add a 70% price increase and an inflations-a-bitch tax, and this Southeast Asian inspired restaurant still remains a long standing Buenos Aires lunch special favorite.
Nothing beats Sudestada’s midday steal: appetizer, main course and drink for
AR$50 pesos AR$70 pesos. An interactive menu, choose your dishes by punching the holes (or hanging chads) on a small piece of paper – don’t forget to punch the picante hole. Ojo: this picante is actually very spicy, ask for some extra ají picante on the side and you’re in for a burn.
On the appetizer menu, you can choose from two options: think salad, soup, dumplings – that sort of deal. The salad is bright and simple, with greens, tomatoes, onions, bean sprouts, peanuts and a really interesting fried hard boiled egg, all served in a light summery citrus dressing.
It’s hard for me to pass by a good dump. Especially these dumplings filled with pork and chives, served in a garlic soy sauce.
Soup ain’t nothing special – a peppery chicken water broth with red onion slivers, carrots and bean sprouts. I’ve been told that it’s normally made with a few splashes of coconut milk, but it seems like they forgot to add it.
For a main course, choose from five different options, with selection that includes dishes like chicken & pork fried rice, chicken curry, Thai noodles, stir fried fish and vegetables, and stir fried beef and vegetables.
I’m a huge fan of the curry and especially the Thai noodles. Give me a big bowl of thickity thick rice noodles and I’m extra contenta. A vegetarian dish, it’s served with a whole slew of vegetables, in a sweet soy sauce. My kinda dish. Best part: the picante adds an extra inflamed mouth kick of heat.
The other plato principal highlight, the Bo Xao or carne salteado con verduras y papas. Thin strips of tenderloin stir-fried with a greasy-vegetable medley (greasy in a good way) and topped with fried onions – the perfect bites of savory and sweet, with mouth smacking crunchy bits of texture.
And then there’s the Com: stir fried rice with chicken, pork and veggies, served with a side of sweet and spicy chili sauce. The vegetable mix seemed more like the canned/frozen corn-pea-carrot medley, not fresh, very triste, and the gloopy overly sweet chili sauce on the side. Not a good order.
Because you’re an extra fatty, and one menú ejecutivo isn’t enough for such an insatiable appetite, maybe you might wanna order a fried fish cakes for the table, served with a lovely cucumber salad and a delightful chili sauce. Just a suggestion.
And to be a bit depressing, let’s take a walk down food menu memory lane and indulge in a bit of price complaining. In 2009 this cost AR$23, 2010 this cost AR$34, in 2012 it costs AR$50, and today AR$70. Bad news? Inflations a bitch. Good news? They don’t charge cubierto and wine is included as a drink option.
Guatemala 5602, Palermo Hollywood
Mon – Sat: 12:30pm – 4pm, 7:30pm – 1am
Lunch special only available on weekdays
Average price: AR$80, Dinner AR$200
Lunch AR$50, Dinner AR$120