Lusitano has a beguiling, old world feel to it. Found in the fashionable Palermo district of Buenos Aires, the restaurant’s interiors evoke a salon. Framed prints and laudable works of art line the walls alongside heraldic crests, and antique furnishings decorate and delicately dominate the space. Colour is also used to eye-catching effect with emerald walls and wonderful pink floors found in some areas. Oscar Wilde would love it. And in the main dining area, chunky candelabras cast a warm glow over the bustle of the restaurant below.
And there is a lot of bustle. Lusitano has been a firm favourite with the trendy set who strut their stuff through the streets of Palermo since it opened. The food here is decidedly European in inspiration, with menus that change with the seasons. There might be fresh gazpacho (with melon and jamon iberico), zingy ceviche and the ever-popular pulpo a feira (octopus with a respectable dousing of olive oil and paprika). Or maybe duck confit, kidneys in sherry, and chateaubriand with creamy, moreish dauphinoise potatoes will make an appearance. Happily, French cuisine is more than a little influential on the chefs here, who create rich, flavour-packed and elegant dishes that keep diners coming back for more.