I hate cubierto.
For those who have yet to experience the irritation of being charged cubierto, it is basically an extra charge each person has to pay for being provided a place setting at their table and if you’re lucky some bread that is hopefully on the less stale side.
If the cubierto is around AR$4, I can deal. If it is AR$8 or higher, it makes me not want to eat at that restaurant.
That is why I was thrilled to discover this little gem written on the bottom of the menu at Baraká.
No cobramos cubierto. Nos parece de mala onda.
(I love the translation of mala onda to bad taste.)
So Baraká and I already started off in agreement.
And then they brought the menu, full of creative options.
- Do I want a licuado (smoothie) with ginger, carrots, beet, and orange or one with strawberry, mango, black pepper, and ginger?
- Do I want a quinoa salad or one with arugula, basil, and spinach?
- Do I want pumpkin gnocchi or saffron chicken?
- Which of the 15 blends of tea do I want?
I decided to go with the set lunch menu, which is the best value.
It included a salad, main dish, and a dessert. If a restaurant can do a good set lunch menu, the rest of their food is usually good too.
I have never been much of a tea drinker, but I figured I should try it, since it seems to be a specialty. Quite tasty and made me feel a little fancy.
Even though they do not charge cubierto, they provide great bread (with actual grains!).
The cheese on this was perfectly cooked. And I was very happy to be eating vegetables in Buenos Aires, since much of my diet has been steak.
Lamb and Veal Burger
My friend ordered the lamb and veal burger and was nice enough to give me a bite. It was delicious and huge and came with these perfectly cooked and seasoned potato wedges. I love that they don’t skimp on the tomato slices.
Check out Baraká!
Baraká is a medium-sized café in the heart of Palermo Soho at Gurruchaga 1450. The owners of the restaurant believe in Sufism, and you can get a sense of that with the décor.
The service is friendly. There is a nice patio upstairs and outdoor seating on the sidewalk as well. If you are looking for something healthy with some different flavors or just a cool place to hang out and drink a licuado or tea, Baraká is a great option.
Living in or visiting Buenos Aires?
Check out my previous posts in the Eating My Way Through BA series for tips on excellent dining experiences.