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We returned yesterday from a five-day trip to Buenos Aires, Argentina.  We had a good time visiting what some call the “Paris of South America.”  We were most impressed by the architecture and generally affordable and excellent quality of life we saw.  Perhaps our perspectives have been influenced by living 11 months in nearby Paraguay, but it still struck me as a good place to live.  I can see why Porteños (residents of Buenos Aires) are proud of their city.

Argentina Buenos AiresBuenos Aires is a no doubt world-class city.  However, I was struck by its lack of diversity.  This city with approximately 12 million residents seemed overwhelmingly of European descent with a dearth of other races, including immigrants from Africa, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent.  Our difficulty finding ethnic cuisine confirmed this.  There are no Greek, Indian, or Thai restaurants in Paraguay, and we searched from throughout Buenos Aires to find these cuisines.  I finally found restaurants for each cuisine, but it was a bit of an undertaking.  Each offered excellent food at moderately expensive prices (by Argentine standards).  Here they are:

Mykonos Greek Restaurant, Olleros 1752, Buenos Aires.  For reservations, call (54-11) 4779-9000 or visit http://www.mykonostaso.com.ar/

Kathmandu Indian Restaurant, Av. Cordoba 3547, Buenos Aires.  For reservations, call (54-11) 4963-1122.

Empire Thai Restaurant, Tres Sargeantos 427, Retiro, Buenos Aires.  For reservations, call (54-11) 4312-5706 or visit http://www.empirethai.net/

If we had had more time, we also would have liked to have eaten Japanese and American food.  The good news is that as a large city, Buenos Aires has a wide variety of restaurants.  In fact, Empire Thai restaurant owner Kevin Rodriguez — an American from New Jersey — told us that Empire Thai is one of the only Thai restaurants in Latin America.  Amidst all of the “Parrilla (grill), pasta, and pizza” — as he put it — you can find a great selection of cuisine in Buenos Aires.

 

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Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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2 Comments

  1. Nisha's Gravatar Nisha
    April 21, 2009    

    HEY! Thank you for this post! My question for you is, how are these restaurants? Is the food good? I am particularly curious about the Thai and the Indian food. I am here in BA and am leaving in a few days. Also, if you remember – do they have good vegetarian options?That’s all…THANKS!

  2. Manish's Gravatar Manish
    January 9, 2010    

    Kathmandu (Av Cordoba, Buenos Aires)has worst food , i have ever ate.. All the foods are stale or the foods are not fresh.. Kathmandu is just incashing the Indian name in Buenos Aires.. I personally and on behalf of IBM team Argentina will suggest to not to go to Kathmandu else you will through your money and will ruin your evening…

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