Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

Our first Sunday in Buenos Aires and we met up again with J & V in Palermo Viejo’s Plaza Serrano (actually called Plaza Cortazar) where the many roads to Palermo Viejo’s hip and happening neighborhood start out.  From there, we walked several blocks passing through many of Palermo’s still undeveloped areas and finally crossing the railroad tracks where we found ourselves in front of Oui Oui.  Listed as one of Buenos Aires’ best brunches in this blog and mentioned by one of J & V’s designer friends, we were sure to have a good breakfast.

We had worked up an appetite with our long walk and sat at one of the last outdoor tables right under the awning and in the shade of a large tree.  The sidewalk is quite small so the wooden tables and chairs are a bit cramped but it’s a quaint setting nevertheless.  Inside, there is a communal table in a cozy space.  There were several brunch options available which included coffee and juice – several of us had the salmon and cream cheese bagel, V had the granola with fresh fruits and yoghurt and little C had the scrambled eggs with sausages, bacon and toast.  Large creamy coffees came first, followed by fresh orange juice and finally, our big brunch plates.  The sesame seed bagels were toasted and stuffed with slices of smoked salmon and lots of cream cheese. This was served with lemon-herb roast potato wedges and a large salad.  The scrambled eggs were creamy and came with two delicious pork sausages and thick-cut sourdough toast.  The granola was crunchy and came with a big bowl of fruit and a vanilla yoghurt (in Buenos Aires, it’s impossible to find natural non-sugared yoghurt, it’s usually, vanilla, low-fat or Greek).  Portions were big and service was friendly.  The place started to fill up and soon enough there was a queue of several families waiting for free tables while munching on muffins or reading the Sunday paper – a real neighborhood hangout.  (Across the street, is another cafe – The Food Factory – which looks worth a try.  I’m sure that the next time we’re in Palermo, there will be a few more new cafes to visit.)  After breakfast, we said our goodbyes and promised to meet again very soon, perhaps in Bali.
Nicaragua 6068 (between Arevalo y Dorrego)
Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires
Telephone: +5411 4778 9614
*Open Tuesdays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Closed Mondays

Nearby is also:
Almacen Oui Oui  (their grocery which sells breads, jams and lots of lovely kitchen things)
Nicaragua 6099
Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires
Telephone: 4776 4442
*Open Mondays to Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Closed Sundays

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