Trend spotting! Buenos Aires is abuzz with exclusive underground restaurants known as puertas cerredas. Literally meaning “closed-door”, these restaurants are small and usually in chef’s private homes, open only several nights a week. We think of them as anti-restaurants. Because while most eateries go out of their way to make their presence known, these tiny hot spots fiercely protect their secrecy, which ironically makes them so intriguing to BA’s trend setters. One of our favorites is Casa Felix, a cash-only pescatarian hideout, located in Chef Diego Felix’s home in the Palermo neighborhood. (Can you imagine, a seafood only restaurant in this country of monstrous beef eaters?!)
Chef Felix is all about slow food and creating new dishes inspired by indigenous ingredients and herbs, many of which are grown right in his private urban garden. His doors are open only three nights to 15 people with reservations. This allows the chef to have complete creative control and give his guests a unique dining experience. And if you’re lucky enough to snag a spot, for $150 pesos (about $37 American dollars) each diner enjoys a stellar five course pre-fixe meal in Casa Felix’s chilled out courtyard where colorful flags hang over head and leafy green murals decorate the walls. Now that’s an address worth finding.