Argentines are terrified of spicy food. Absolutely petrified, in fact. Two twists of the peppermill will have them sweating. As well as its slickly delivered Italian dishes and melt-in-your-mouth ceviche, Bengal is famous for its curry.
Although not quite Brick Lane standard, these red-hot curries do just fine, given the lack of alternatives in the salted-beef-eating capital of the world. Bengal, located just off Plaza San Martin, is perfect for a serious business lunch or a carb-load after visiting the English tower opposite the Malvinas (Falklands) War Memorial.
This is a serious restaurant, rated highly among local chefs and food lovers, so flip-flops are unadvisable unless you want to be sniffed at by the stiff Brazilian and Argentine collars next door. Powerful politicians like to eat in the Loi Suites hotel a few yards up the road, where Bengal has a second, hidden branch. Curry-lovers should also note Sotovocce on Libertador avenue and in Puerto Madero also serve a mild chicken curry.