While sorting through my photos (I have a permanent storage shortage), I found my Buenos Aires '15 album. The last time I went was to help my sister pack up for the move back to Europe. Despite the big move, we still did a lot in that week, including a visit to a restaurant that made it to my "favorites" list ever since my sister took me there first. Sudestada might not be your typical idea of a place you must go to when in Argentina. It's Southeast Asian inspired food, and it beats many (if not all) Asian places I've tried over the last few years. You won't find this spot in your average "top 10" list of BA, which is why I want to share this hidden gem with you.
The restaurant is located in Palermo, which the "young and trendy" area of Buenos Aires, with lots of good and cheap little restaurants and bars. Sudestada might not be the first you'd walk into though. The façade is covered in graffiti, and the interior is quite basic. But it's the perfect example of not judging a book by its cover ;)
For drinks, there's a really nice list of great cocktails. Think spicy, ginger, passionfruit, lemongrass, lots of mint! For lunchtime, they have very tasty lemonade.
We started off with these little fried potato-veggie things.
Next up we had one of my sister's favorites, the nem oculto.
It's a DIY dish. You take a lettuce "wrap" and fill it with a fried veggie roll, herbs, sprouts and fermented cabbage/carrot. Roll it up, dip it in the sauce and enjoy.
It's super aromatic, flavorful and fresh. And they give lots of different herbs of which I don't know half!
The reason why I love Sudestada so much is actually one particular dish. The green curry is mind-blowingly good. It comes with chicken or vegetables and it's one of the most flavorful explosive dishes I've tried in my life. It's incredibly spicy, but at the same time so good you can't stop eating. I have yet to try a curry that beats this one.
My sister had the stir-fry with fish and vegetables. Tasty but not as good as the curry.
For dessert, we had kind of a rice pudding with peanut on top. Also very tasty, a nice mix of textures.
Dishes are around 16 euros each, which might be a little high for Argentine standards but considering the quality and quantity, very reasonable. I love this place so much!
>> Guatemala 5602, 1425 CABA, Reservations here.