Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants Full List

Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants
World's 50 Best Latin America's 50 Best
theworlds50best.com

Full list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2016:

1 – Central, Peru

2 – Maido, Peru

3 – D.O.M., Brazil

4 – Boragó, Chile

5 – Pujol, Mexico

6 – Quintonil, Mexico

7 – Astrid Y Gastón, Peru

8 – Mani, Brazil

9 – Tegui, Argentina

10 – Biko, Mexico

11 – Sud777, Mexico

12 – La Mar, Peru

13 – El Baqueano, Argentina

14 – Gustu, Bolivia

15 – Amaranta, Mexico

16 – LEO, Colombia

17 – Olympe, Brazil

18 – Lasai, Brazil

19 – Pangea, Mexico

20 – Ambrosia, Chile

21 – Don Julio, Argentina

22 – 99, Chile

23 – Parador La Huella

24 – A Casa do Porco, Brazil

25 – Roberta Sudbrack, Brazil

26 – Aramburu, Argentina

27 – Osso Carnicerìa y Salumeria, Peru

28 – Mocoto, Brazil

29 – Criterion, Colombia

30 – Rafael, Peru

31 – Elena, Argentina

32 – Alto, Venezuela

33 – La Cabrera, Argentina

34 – Fiesta, Peru

35 – Chila, Argentina

36 – Maito, Panama

37 – Nicos, Mexico

38 – Malabar, Peru

39 – Corazòn de Tierra, Mexico

40 – Harry Sasson, Colombia

41 – Isolina, Peru

42 – 1884, Argentina

43 – Osaka, Chile

44 – Remanso Do Bosque, Brazil

45 – Tuju, Brazil

46 – La Bourgogne, Argentina

47 – Tierra Colorada Gastro, Paraguay

48 – Dulce Patria, Mexico

49 – Andrés Carne De Res, Colombia

50 – Pura Tierra, Argentina

Do you agree?

Joan Roca, David Thompson, Narisawa, Virgilio Martinez Coming to Manila for Madrid Fusion 2016

The World’s No. 1 Chef, Latin America’s No. 1 and two Asia’s No. 1 ALL coming to Manila for Madrid Fusion Manila 2016!!!

Madrid Fusion Manila 2016 is all set with this Memorandum of Understanding signed just this morning between the Philippine Department of Tourism (in photo is Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr.) and the ICEX España Exportacion e Inversiones (public export promotion agency belonging to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Kingdom of Spain).

Sec. Mon Jimenez and Minister Jaime Garcia-Legaz of Spain sign the Memorandum of Understanding for Madrid Fusion Manila 2016
Sec. Mon Jimenez and Minister Jaime Garcia-Legaz of Spain sign the Memorandum of Understanding for Madrid Fusion Manila 2016

Madrid Fusion Manila is scheduled on April 24-26 with the theme The Manila Galleon: East Meets West.

And here’s the line up of celebrity chefs – and I mean WOW – can’t believe they are all coming to Manila!!

The following have been confirmed by the Tourism Dept as either as speaker or presenter for Madrid Fusion Manila 2016:

At the signing today, the DOT also presented this list of speakers:

Madrid Fusion Manila 2016

This list is just BEYOND. My jaw dropped. Props to DOT for taking it to the next level. Can’t wait!!!

El Baqueano – World’s #39 & Latin America’s #18 – Pops Up with PinoyEatsWorld at Your Local

El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.

El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.I finally went to a Pinoy Eats World event tonight. I couldn’t resist when Chef Namee Jorolan said that they were collaborating with two chefs – Chef Fernando Rivaroli and Chef Christina Sumae – from El Baqueano, currently ranked No. 18 Best Restaurant in Latin America and No. 39 in the World by the World’s Best Restaurant Awards jury.

Latin America is all the rage now with Peru being the darling of the international food press so I felt this pop up – though El Baqueano is in Buenos Aires and not the all-trendy Peru – was a must-attend. Plus, the Pope’s from there, so how can you not?! Hehe.

At first bite, it was easy to understand why El Baqueano is part of Latin America’s 50 Best.

First, the commitment to freshness. And you could really taste the freshness of what was served. Earlier today, PinoyEatsWorld posted this on Instagram:

El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.The  shopping spree resulted in this:

Tulingan Escabeche with mango, pickled okra and shallots. The tulingan was salty like anchovies but this was balanced by the okra. Chef Him Uy de Baron, who apparently loved this course, teased the Denny Antonino, “The okra was brilliant. I’m going to copy this!”

El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.Langoustine al Pil Pil. Pil Pil is a method of cooking known in the Basque region where you cook fish, usually cod, in olive oil or the oil in which the fish has been cooked. For this pop up, instead of fish, the chefs used langoustine and it was brilliant. They made a sauce using langoustine roe. Then as Pil Pil goes, they also cooked the langoustine in garlic and chillies. It was very spicy at first bite but by the third bite, you’re used to the spiciness. This was my favorite course for the night because it was just different; there is no dish quite like it in Filipino cuisine.

El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.Secondly, I loved the similarities of some of their dishes with Philippine cuisine.

Sinigang.

This one (next photo) immediately reminded me of sinigang … and true enough, that broth there is from sampaloc albeit Thai tamarind is what they used.

Another interesting tidbit on this dish. My lovely seatmate at the bar Teng Jorolan and I tried to figure out what those little yellow things were. “Ano itong matamis?” Pineapples? No. Melon? No. Sayote? No. It was watermelon rind! Never heard of watermelon rind being used before. We usually just throw them away!El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.

Then of course, the aspiring Philippine national dish: adobo. This was a cuapao filled with pulled pork adobo.

And finally, paella. Teng joked, “Laureat ito eh, last yung rice.”  True enough, carbs were in the end. This dish used orzo, though, and not rice. El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. Finally, I loved the use of ten million ingredients in just one dish. Why have just a piano when you can have an orchestra, right?

This starter was both a beef and a fish dish, with Kitayama tenderloin that was cooked sous vide and seared, and then a tuna and salmon tartare. For flavor, they marinaded the tenderloin in calamansi. Then to accent the dish, avocado mousse and kaffir lime vinaigrette. And, oh wait, what is that punch? Wasabi? It was sambal mayo.

Now I know why El Baqueano is considered one of the best.

Thank you to Chef Fernando Rivaroli and Chef Christina Sumae for gracing us with your presence. Congratulations to Chef Demmu Antonino and Chef Namee Jorolan on this most delicious dinner!

El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Christine Sunae. Photo by Margaux Salcedo. El Baqueano x Pinoy Eats World x Your Local. Denny Antonino and Namee Jorolan. Photo by Margaux Salcedo.Encore, please!!!

El Baqueano
Chile 495, Esquina Bolivar, San Telmo, Buenos Aires
+54 11 9 3671 8602
www.restoelbaqueano.com

Your Local.
106 Esteban, Legazpi Village, Makati, Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines
+63 2 823 6206

For events of PinoyEatsWorld, check out their Facebook page.