Now I know that saying you don’t like the food of a particular country can stir up a whole lot of emotions, but you know what. I’m going to say it anyway. We didn’t really like the food in Argentina. Although, let me start with a couple disclaimers. Firstly, we were not eating at each locations top restaurants… when you are traveling with a 4 year old and a baby, fine dining isn’t something which is really available to you. Also, we were not following local food blogs or tripadvisor for recommendations, although we did follow a few (disappointing) local tips.
The Pizza is just Weird
Apparently Argentinians eat the second most amount of pizza per capita in the world. So you would think, that the pizza would be decent right. Wrong. So wrong in fact that I even wrote about in my post 5 things to know before you travel to Argentina. If you check out that post you can read about the time when sneaky maraschino cherries were included on my savory pizza. My other funny pizza moment was when we ordered the pepporoni and olive pizza only to receive a cheese pizza with one solitary olive on the middle. One olive. But nothing was as bad as the “local mushroom” pizza with weird giant soggy mushrooms which made it appear as it giant leeches were attacking our pizza. Between that, and the sheer amount of cheese which saturated the box to crumbling point before the pizza was even cold…. I have a no wasting food rule, but that rule was temporarily suspended while this pizza was around.
We had to make a no pizza in Argentina rule, and I suggest you do to.
Parrilla is good, but not everyday
Parrilla is the Argentinian custom of barbecue. A parrilla is a type of open fire or grill, and eating at a parrilla restaurant will get you a range of different animals, and cuts of meat from those animals, cooked in this way. Everyone loves a good barbeque, but eventually you get all meated out. There is only so much grilled meat that one person can eat.
After spending a month in Argentina, we got well and truly “parrilla’d out.” Which leads to my next point…
Sometimes you just want a damn salad
Even when we made a point of ordering salad and veggie side dishes, we still found that Argentinian food was decidedly lacking in fresh vegetables. We had to start cooking the majority of our meals for ourselves as we found that our health was taking a plunge with the Argentinian “eating out” diet.
Not everything was bad though…
We did have some great meals in Argentina though. We found some truly great burger places both in Buenos Airies and in El Chalten. We also ate some great traditional Argentinian stews (they even had vegetables in them!). I think if we were not with little kids, we probably would have had a different experience, but that being said, be prepared to do a bit of self catering, especially if you are traveling for a longer period of time.