February Monthly Luncheon

Date: Thursday February 28

Time: 12:30 pm

Location: SRA headquarters, Florida 460

Cost: 200 pesos

Reservations are mandatory and your choice of a main course should be indicated.  Respond to: mweldon213@yahoo.com

At Florida 460, between La Valle and Corrientes sits the former home of the family of ex-president Roque Sáenz Peña.

The Peña home is currently owned by the Argentine Rural Society (SRA), it was established in 1866 by the country’s wealthiest oligarchs and is today known mostly for their annual livestock show, La Rural, held annually in Palermo. Their motto is “Cultivating the soil is to serve the country”.  Today the SRA is very much in the headlines as the government is trying to expropriate La Rural. You can read a full description here: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sociedad_Rural

The high-end real estate which is the headquarters of the non-profit Argentine Rural Society is a testament to the importance of agriculture to the wealth of Argentina. The red paint stains above the doorway are the lasting evidence of the number of protests held here through the years – most recently in September of 2012.  Historically the Rural Society is noted as an institution designed to keep the wealth in the hands of the few. Today the Rural Society is not as insular as it once was but protesters maintain that it still serves only to propagate the needs of big business. A visitor will have to be very persuasive to get the chance to go inside and take a limited peek, as the institution’s doors are usually closed and gated off.

Sociedad Rural Argentina is part of the Group of Eight  –  eight organizations of great power in Argentina:  Rural Society Argentina (SRA), Argentina Industrial Union,  Argentina Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Construction, the Stock Exchange, the Association of Private Bankers Argentino (ADEBA),  Confederations Argentine Rural (CRA) and the Association of Banks of Argentina (ABA).  This sounds to me, more like the Captains of Industry rather than the oligarchy.

This very private venerable institution, which is frequented by the power elite of the city, will be our destination for a special February luncheon.

Our meal will begin with a special

– cured ham appetizer.

The main course will have a choice of 3 items:

– Lomo with mushroom dressing

– Lomo with pimienta dressing

– Noquis with sauce

For dessert we will enjoy

– apple crumble with ice cream

The cost including tip, water/soda and coffee is 200 pesos.

Wine will be available at 15 pesos per glass.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the last day of February.

January Monthly Luncheon

The January 2013 Buenos Aires International Newcomers Luncheon will be on Thursday the 31st, the last day of the month.

The cost of the meal including water or lemonade, red or white wine, dessert or coffee and the tip is only 75 pesos.

As always correct change will be appreciated.

The very first Mongolian Barbecue restaurant (Gengis Khan Mongolian BBQ) was opened in 1976, and was located in downtown Taipei, Taiwan. Typically, diners choose various ingredients from a buffet of thinly sliced raw meats (beef, pork, chicken) and vegetables.These ingredients are given to the griddle operator who adds the diner’s choice of sauce and transfers them to one section of the hot griddle. Oil and sometimes water may be added to ease cooking, and the ingredients are stirred occasionally.

The ample size of the Mongolian barbecue griddle allows for several diners’ food to be cooked simultaneously on different parts of the griddle, the operator walking around the outside of the grill once or twice moving the food while walking. When cooking is complete, the finished dish is scooped into a bowl and handed to the diner.

Gengis’s House opened in Buenos Aires almost a year ago so we are visiting the restaurant for a second time. You will start off by choosing a meat – chicken, beef, or pork. Tofu is also available for the soy lovers. Then you can go to town piling what seems like an infinite variety of ingredients on top – green onion, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, sprouts, pineapple and more, they also have cilantro! – finally you give your bowl to the grillmaster who decides what sauces to put on and adds either the large or small noodles – rice is also an option if you do not want the noodles. Now is the time to be more assertive if you do or don’t want a certain sauce – lemon ginger, garlic, BBQ, soy & super spicy sauces are all available. After cooking, the dish will be brought to your table.

Gengis’s House
Riobamba 1179 – Recoleta / Barrio Norte

For the BAIN January Luncheon at Gengis’s House on the 31st at 1pm please RSVP to:


or call Michael at 4815-4660

BAIN/Spanglish Event

BAIN Downtown Members enjoy a discount at Spanglish –

the first Friday of every month!

To join in the December event:

  1. Go to www.SpanglishExchange.com
  2. Click on Register Now, and complete the form.
  3. Find the December 7th event at Azcuenaga and click on RSVP
  4. Select the “Pay at Event” option, you will receive your discount at the door.
  5. Come to Azcuenaga, Vicente Lopez 2190, on Friday, December 7th at 9:00pm – and enjoy the night!

Ladies Night Out

Ladies!  Join us on Wednesday, October 10 for the next Ladies Night Happy Hour at DOGMA terrace bar located at the Recoleta Design Center.  This bar is located outside and across from Zafira Design Store.

Also, bring your cash to purchase your End of Year Party tickets!  They will be available for purchase at this event.  We hope to see you there!

Ladies Night Happy Hour at Primafila

Join us as we visit a new venue for this month’s Ladies Night Happy Hour, Primafila in Recoleta.

Primafila is very well located on the terraces of the Recoleta Design Center. This restaurant/bar offers the possibility of using their terrace – weather permitting, and many of the waiters/waitresses speak English.

The event be held on Thursday the 20th of September from 1800 to 2100 at Primafila. (4804-0055,www.primafila.com.ar)

Please RSVP to Ann Sager: annsager@me.com or Margaret Sauvé: msauve3@yahoo.com

Restaurant Review – La Pecora Nera

Ayacucho 1785 | Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

It’s not hard to find an Italian restaurant in Buenos Aires…it seems like half the population here are from Italian decent.  In fact Buenos Aires began to accept immigrants in large numbers as early as the 1860′s and an estimated 2,250,000 Italians came to Argentina between 1861 and 1914…so you can see how the city is in love with its pizza and pasta heritage.

However, its all about finding a good Italian restaurant and boy do I have a great one for you to check out.  It’s called ‘La Pecora Nera’ (or ‘The Black Sheep’ in Italian)…a quaint little romantic establishment nestled in one of Buenos Aires ritziest areas, Recoleta.  The atmosphere is very ‘closed’ door reservation only style (I know this because you can’t just walk in, you must be greeted by one of the staff at the locked door), which to some could be perceived as quite pretentious but in actual fact it creates a very intimate setting.

The food is amazing with my wife and I ordering antipasti, platos principals, dolce and cafe (entree, main, deserts and coffee just incase ;) ).  With a nice bottle of Argentinian syrah coating our palates we were ready for our gastronomic adventure to begin.  We started with beef capaccio and a fish pie strudel.  Both were very well seasoned and both came with a small side salad.  Fresh crisp pastry on the strudel and tender thin slices of capacho…yum!  Next course we both had a vegetarian pasta dish.  I had the mushroom ravioli and my wife had a french onion inspired special pasta dish which also turned out to be ravioli.  Whilst I don’t normally order much pasta in restaurants, I have to say this was exceptionally cooked and well filled…more points on the main.

You know when you feel satisfied after 2 courses but not stuffed, like you’ve been force fed too many fries at a cheap restaurant?  Well here we were just right, so dessert was a given.  Boy were we glad we had that left over room because dessert was to die for!  I had a Yin Yang chocolate mousse which was super rich and melted in my mouth!  My wife however had the standout dish of the evening…Apple strudel with homemade cinnamon ice cream…IT WAS AWESOME!!!  Super crisp pastry, freshly cooked apples and the ice cream had to be the most amazing ice cream i’ve ever had…and I’ve been to Italy many times so I know a good gelato when I taste one.  Coffee was coffee, Illy an Italian coffee brand (thank god it wasn’t Argentinian – see my coffee blog, lol) and I topped the meal off with a nice desert wine.

So this place must have cost an arm and a leg right?  Well surprisingly not.  All this for 2 people cost just $488 ARS which is around £68/$100 AUD.  Anywhere you go for that quality of food is a great buy.

Overall this place is tops!  Great atmosphere, top notch super friendly service and outstanding food…what more could you want?  We will definitely be returning soon.

**This restaurant review was written by BAIN Downtown member and blogger, Joel Devenish.  For this and other reviews on everything Buenos Aires, visit his blog: http://joeldevenish.wordpress.com/.  To contribute a review or highlight your blog, contact bain.downtown@gmail.com.