Two Argentine restaurants among the best 100 in the world | Cuyo’s diary

Two restaurants in the city of Buenos Aires were consecrated within the 100 best in the world, according to the prestigious list The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, which issued its verdict for 2022 in the last hours. These are the Don Julio grill, which was ranked 14th and Mishiguene, in 88th place.

The Don Julio grill, from the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Palermo, was crowned 14th in the prestigious gastronomic contest The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, whose award gala was held in London.

In 2020, Don Julio had been consecrated by Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants as the Best Restaurant in Latin America, for its exemplary hospitality, its wine list and its singular approach to ingredients. In 2021 it had been ranked 13th in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. For the fourth consecutive year, it maintained a place on the most recognized list in the world.

Like every year, this important gastronomic event, which since 2002 has raised a possible “status quo” for the global gastronomic market, gathers the votes of international experts from the Academy, an institution made up of great connoisseurs of the hotel industry. The contest is endorsed by the certification of the professional services consultant Deloitte.

The gala, which brought together the best chefs in the world and was hosted by actor Stanley Tucci, was held at London’s Old Billingsgate once the organization ruled out Moscow as the setting for the war against Ukraine, which also left out the list of the Russian restaurants White Rabbit and Twins Garden.

This selection of restaurants is made based on the votes of 1,080 experts from around the world, including journalists, chefs and foodies from 27 geographical regions.

This year the first place was occupied by the Geranio restaurant in the city of Copenhagen; followed by Central, from Lima; and Enjoy, from Barcelona; in the top three positions. Then Diverxo, from Madrid, was located; in the fifth Pujol of Mexico City; Exebarri grill in Atxondo; To Casa do Porco, in São Paulo; Lido 84, from the Gardone Coast; Quintonil, from Mexico City; and in tenth place Le Calandre, from Rubano.

Throughout the ceremony, the previously announced awards were also presented, such as One To Watch to AM by Alexandre Mazzia (Marseille, France), for his cuisine based on fish and vegetables that includes flavors inspired by African cuisine; Icon to Wawira Njiru, from Food for Education (Nairobi), and Best Cook in the World to Leonor Espinosa (Leo, Bogotá), who uses gastronomy as a tool for socioeconomic development.

The Argentine who entered the most important position of the prestigious list was Don Julio, located in Guatemala 4691 in Buenos Aires, whose specialty was described by the 50 Best Restaurants for his “classic thick cuts, local Argentine wine and a true master in the grill”.

What makes it stand out, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, is that “all the beef at Don Julio comes from grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle, raised in the countryside outside Buenos Aires. It is stored in a heated aging chamber for at least 21 days to reach optimum maturity. Then it passes into the hands of Guido Tassi, the charcuterie specialist who runs the kitchen, and finally onto the plate. Combine with the beautiful Malbec to live the complete experience”.

“While Don Julio serves just about every part of the cow, owner Pablo Rivero recommends ordering house cuts like bife de cuadril (rump steak) and entrails (flank steak). For starters, he opts for the yellow corn, pumpkin, and cheese empanadas and a selection of artisanal cured meats like chorizo, black pudding, and grilled sausage,” he added.

The Don Julio restaurant was opened in 1999 by Rivero, the son and grandson of ranchers from Rosario, who was just over 20 years old at the time. “Now a respected sommelier and one of the city’s highest-profile restaurateurs, he is also known for his exemplary approach to hospitality and won the Art of Hospitality Award from the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America in 2018,” recalled the outstanding world site when disseminating the award. The restaurant also competes for the title of premiere grill in Buenos Aires and took home the award for Best Restaurant in Latin America in December 2020.

Don Julio offers a wide range of top quality wines: the restaurant’s cellar has more than 14,000 Argentine labels. “To showcase the magnificent collection, the interior walls of the 19th-century building are lined with empty bottles, turning the rustic space into a welcoming wine sanctuary. Diners from around the world can leave their personal mark by signing and writing messages on the labels.

Meanwhile, Mishiguene, located at Lafinur 3368, defines itself as a specialist in “immigrant cuisine”, which stands out as “a new gastronomic concept that offers a revision of the classic recipes of the Jewish diaspora, (Europe, Africa and the Middle East). , reinterpreted with modern cooking techniques that favor textures, flavors and products”.

As its creators explain, this restaurant was born as “the result of the union of two gastronomy professionals: gastronomic entrepreneur Javier Ickowicz, (founder of the Nucha pastry chain) and Chef Tomás Kalika”.

His intention was to revalue the cuisine of his mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, who brought dishes from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. “It is the kitchen that raised us, like that chicken broth that knew how to comfort the soul”, define the Ickowicz and Kalika. “The central idea of ​​this proposal is to revert these recipes in an intelligent way, generating surprise, but at the same time, bringing to mind the intense flavors of the memory, with current cooking techniques.”