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In the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires is Mishiguene, which means crazy in Yiddish, honors Argentina's Jewish immigrant heritage by reinventing Ashkenazi, Sephardic, Israeli and Middle Eastern cuisine. Here, new techniques are applied to old-world recipes, using ingredients of the highest possible quality. The restaurant is on the list of the Best 50 Restaurants in Latin America.
Quickly gaining popularity in Buenos Aires and among Latin American food lovers, Mishiguene was the winner of the Highest Climber Award 2018, for jumping 32 places on the list from 50 in 2017 to 18. In 2019, his cook Tomas Kalika continued the winning streak by collecting the Chef Choice Award.
Kalika spent years learning the Middle Eastern flavour profiles with renowned Israeli chef Eyal Shani. Mishiguene is the first restaurant where he explores its Jewish roots. Many of the dishes have a story to tell and were inspired by personal events from the Chef's life.
Diners will find themselves, reviewing their menu, with typical dishes such as the Jerusalem Mix, made with Hummus of chickpeas, asparagus, beans, cordovan peas, gizzards, duck hearts, tahina, canned lemons sauce with smoked paprika, egg, gribenes and pickled jalapeno. Another must-see is the beef breast pastron, cured and smoked on potatoes latke, fried egg and onions jelly. And going to the classics we prepare a falafel served with tahina sauce, S'chug sauce, (from Yemen's Jewish cuisine), and fresh grated tomato with olive, parsley.
The place has a warehouse where you can buy rich products to sweeten snacks. Among them are the baklava of pistachios and nuts, bathed in syrup of cardamom and cinnamon, is built on fine and crispy layers of dough-edge that make this baklava something exciting. Or to eat at home an amazing sandwich on pletzalej bread. It has white onions, grilled golden pastron lardones, dipped in rosemary demiglace sauce, accompanied by sauerkraut, candied onion, pickled cucumbers, harisa aioli and a majestic fried egg with spiff that will explode in your mouth with the first bite.
Every Friday night, Mishiguene celebrates Shabbat, and the entire restaurant bursts into songs and dances, led by a klezmer band that plays live music. For the best experience, request the special tasting menu and sit at the chef's table inside the kitchen.
Address: Lafinur 3368, Palermo, Buenos Aires
Publication Date: 16/04/2021
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