San Telmo’s Antiques Fair is a Sunday “must” for every visitor in eclectic BA and a paradise for worldwide antique hunters. But how can you make your way through vintage lamps and art nouveau furniture and successfully avoid the crowds of tourists stocking up on those ubiquitous paintings of tango dancers?
One way of avoiding this, is to get yourself out of bed on time, arrive at Humberto Primo St around 10.30, mingle around the Mercado de San Telmo and then wisely disappear at noon for a gourmand rustic lunch at Los Loros, a lost corner in San Telmo still under a veil of secrecy.
In contrast to it’s name Los Loros, meaning ‘the parrots’, offers a calm atmosphere, a blend of stylish simple décor with vintage details (that prevent you from forgetting that you are still standing over the land where BA wrote its first chapters) and most importantly: tasty food.
Luciano Sosto, the renowned sommelier and owner of Lucky Luciano, together with Luciano Nazar Anchorena, owner of El Nacional, and Silvia Kretschte, who have spent a lifetime besides chefs like Francis Mallmann and German Martitegui. They make a strong team, elevating Los Loros from the other restaurants in San Telmo.
Faithful to the neighborhood spirit, Los Loros does not serve super-elaborate dishes, but rather simple, local porteño food; traditional with a twist. The short menu hangs from a red sign above the window through which you can watch some serious kitchen action inside.
So whether you go for the classic beef along with mashed potatoes perfumed in truffle oil, a carrot and coconut soup, ñoquis with mushrooms, tomatoes and broccoli or any of the sandwiches on the list you are sure to have a decent lunch, smug in the knowledge that you have managed to avoid the hoards of people outside.