This July 14th comes a new anniversary of the French Revolution: 230 thy 230th anniversary of the famous bastille and those days of 1789 when the French people decided to break with the oppression of the monarchy. In culinary terms, the fall of the Old Regime and King Louis XVI resulted in more food for citizens, which by not having to pay real taxes more began to have greater scope to feed. It is not crazy to say, then, that a good way to join the festivities of the French community in Buenos Aires is to sit at the table and enjoy the various delicacies offered by its gastronomy. To that end, this Friday, Saturday and Sunday there are several proposals to share in restaurants, pastry shops and outdoor events. Here are three interesting options (each organized by Lucullus, the French Gastronomic Association in Argentina).
Friday: Parisian dinner
To feel that you cross the Atlantic with your palate, there is nothing better than to dedicate yourself to gobbling up a good French banquet in one of the restaurants that prepare a special menu for this particular date. There are alternatives in different price ranges. For example, for a more relaxed experience, there’s Le Troquet de Henry (Old Guard 3460), where Raclette cheese will be served with three different types of cold cuts, salads and potatoes for $400. At the Hotel del Club Francés (Rodriguez Peña 1832), the plan is a little more flirtatious (the place is spectacular) and there are menu in steps, with dishes such as gratin onion soup, B.F. Bourguignon and creme brlée for $765. If you sign up for an appointment with haute cuisine, then you have to book at Fleur de Sel (La Pampa 3040) and delight in a six-step menu that includes preparations such as celery-turnop mousseline and green apple, truffled Brie cheese with green leaves and walnuts or croust chocolate illant with amaretto ice cream and coffee. It costs $1900 per person with wine.
Saturday: Fair day
On both Saturday and Sunday during daylight hours, Plaza Francia welcomes the new edition of Le Marché, the French food and produce fair that has been held for quite some time. From 11 to 18 hours, with free admission, you can come to ask for a portion of coq au vin, some rich stuffed mushrooms, melted Raclette, rago-ts, soups and other typical recipes to fill your belly, brighten your heart and fight the cold. There will also be desserts and pastry to go and a schedule of activities for all ages (you can consult here).
Sunday: breakfast or afternoon tea with pétisserie
To close the weekend in the best possible way, the key is to approach the bakeries and pastry shops that will have special promotions in their delicate sweet creations. For example, in Labán (Migueletes 688) there will be offer in macarons: the box of four pieces of milk and hazelnut chocolate will come out $200 (ideal for devouring with a coffee or giving away). In L’Epi (Roseti 1769 and branches in Recoleta and Belgrano), the boulangerie of Olivier Hanocq and Bruno Gillot, the proposal is to try two styles of cakes: Pithivier of pistachio and red fruits ($490, to share) or Flananger boulanger ($90). In this note: