Banqueting in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires' lively streets are full of colour, music and dance but to find the best restaurants look for the old, ugly and delicious.

Australia's favourite food blogger, Not Quite Nigella, aka Lorraine Elliott, arrives in Argentina where the food is plentiful and embraces a variety of cuisines.

Every person that we encountered had the same reaction when we told them that we were going around the world in ten days. Their head would swivel back around for a double take and they’d say "ten days?” and then look at us as if we were slightly mad. Which we probably were.

However, in between the short stops all over the world, we knew that we had quite a spectacular ending planned: three nights in Buenos Aires. BA airport is our first introduction and the baggage collection is not unlike being part of a rugby scrum. And it is 4.25am when we arrive too to add to the surrealness.

Two and a half hours later, we are through the queue we make our way into the booked car for our transfer to the Sofitel. Our drivers travels down the highway at fast speed changing lanes constantly-we later learn that the lanes are just "guides” and most drivers drive outside of the lanes. We arrive at the Sofitel on Arroyo or the 'Art District' in its gleaming, grand glory.

Harpers Bazaar named the Sofitel Buenos Aires one of the top five star hotels in BA and the lobby and entrance are designed to impress. The lobby is made out of Paris stone with marble floors and a glazed atrium roof. An enormous 48 light lampshade is suspended above the check in desk. We are just hoping that at this early hour they have our rooms ready for us. "Of course, we’ve been expecting you” they say.

We have breakfast at Le Sud, the breakfast restaurant and dining room. The smell of buttery pastry and breakfast goodies gets our stomachs rumbling and I stand there transfixed by the sheer variety of cakes on offer for breakfast from strawberry tarts to chocolate tarts, alfajores and sliced large cakes.



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