Hidden amid the bustling streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina is a network of underground restaurants where you can enjoy curated meals from some of the city’s best chefs.
At puertas cerradas (or “closed-door” restaurants) professional chefs and home cooks alike whip up dishes in their personal living rooms, villas, and hidden gardens to offer diners the meal of a lifetime.
According to VICE, some of these secret eateries — often operating without food permits or liquor licenses — are illegal. Still, they remain one of the most sought-after dining experiences in the country.
Keep scrolling to discover what it’s like to eat at these hidden restaurants.
When you make a reservation at a puerta cerrada, the address is withheld until right before dinner. Often the location of the 'restaurant' is the chef's home.
Ring the doorbell and the chef will lead you to the hidden dining room. In the photo below, chef Diego Felix welcomes guests to his puerta cerrada, Casa Felix, which pops up in New York City two or three times every year.
Just like in a restaurant, you can enjoy a signature cocktail before your meal. This Casa Felix drink is the chef's creation of beer, rum, burnt oranges, and herbs from his outdoor garden.
You'll also be served appetizers like cheese wrapped in fresh chayote leaves and sprinkled with sweet syrup.
Meals usually take place in the chef's living room, as is the case at Casa SaltShaker, open since 2005.
However, at destinations like Almacén Secreto Club -- concealed behind a graffitied block near the Villa Crespo area -- you can dine in the fresh air of a private garden.
Closed-door restaurants are known for their use of fresh and local ingredients, often grown on premises.
This dish of homemade ravioli, grilled vegetables, and crunchy walnuts was served at Casa SaltShaker.
Courses at Paladar Buenos Aires, a candlelit puerta cerrada with generous portions, range from fish crudo and greens...
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