Update: sad news, Honor y Causa has closed. Shed a lágrima.
There’s no doubt that 2012 has been the year that modern Argentine cuisine has really taken off. Young chefs and cooks are springing up from the kitchens, displaying a new wave of contemporary cooking, using traditional products and local ingredients in a fresh and creative way. Honor y Causa is a prime example of this type of innovative restaurant, serving refined, beautifully presented, good tasting food in an unpretentious and affordable setting. Honor y Causa is brought to us by the Argentine chef young power couple, Gimena Molinete and Lucas Curcio, whose love for food is evident in all the restaurant details. Most of what you really need to know about the place is cleanly and clearly written on the wall, “En honor a nuestras familias y a causa de su apoyo. En honor a nuestros maestros y a causa de sus enseñanzas. En honor a nuestra pasión y a causa de nuestro esfuerzo.” Or for you Spanish illiterates, “In honor of our families and because of their support. In honor of our teachers and because of their teachings. In honor of our passion and because of our strength.” It’s lovely. It’s poetic. It makes the food taste a bit better.It’s always a good start to be served a warm and soft bread basket with a side of the good stuff for dipping (olive oil). Olive focaccia, brioche-like bun and whole wheat – a bread basket that dreams are made of.
Some dishes just look almost too pretty to eat. The fish of the day with a mix of vegetables and lemon infused butter was just about perfection on a plate: perfectly grilled fish, flavorful vegetables, with a saucy gravy in the mix (59 pesos).So many restaurants just can’t get risotto right – wrong type of rice, too gummy, not creamy enough, flavorless, too salty – I could go on and on about the woes of risotto. But this wonderfully soul warming version of risotto had roasted vegetables, gravlax salmon and organic micro greens (60 pesos). The bites with the salmon and risotto together on a fork were a tad too salty for my liking, but overall an absolute beaut in a bowl. I went to Honor y Causa for lunch, where they offer a reduced menu of about 5 mains, appealing to the meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian eater. They also have a couple interesting sandwiches and salads.The dinner menu was inspired by the chefs culinary experiences throughout their lives- with dishes honoring their family, friends, holidays, teachers. Some dishes include La generosa Patagonia Argentina, tierra actual de mi maestro Federico Dominguez aka Patagonian crab ravioli with glazed leeks and fresh spinach or the La pasión por amasar con manos propias.. y ajenas aka handmade tagliolinis with vegetables and slow cooked lamb.Definitely one of the best new Buenos Aires restaurants in 2012, it’s hard not to fall for a place where young chefs not only have the talent, but an immense amount of love and integrity put into the food.
Honor y Causa
Carranza 1591, Palermo Hollywood
Mon – Sat: 11:00 am – close
Average price: AR$70 lunch, AR$120 dinner