Golden brown empanadas and Pão de Queijo on the chalkboard lured me in. Prenzlauer Berg, a neighborhood in Berlin, is teeming with new little restaurants. And not only was this one stumbled upon, it has become a regular stop. Mi Buenos Aires is the name of the restaurant, and when you step inside, order your delicacies and take a bite, you will swear you are in South America.
Everything is fresh, authentic and created by Gabriella Medina Castro. She is from Buenos Aires, and she has brought a dose of it to Berlin.
Daily menu changes of the empanada fillings allows for a variety of sampling. The menu selection is indicated by a little “X” to let you know if the item is available that day. Like us, if you stop in frequently, it is is fun to try the different flavors. And they run the gamut of meat filled, vegetarian and vegan choices. The empanadas are shaped by hand, filled, edges rolled and arrive with a crispy, golden crust. A small glass bowl is on the side with a paprika/thyme/olive oil sauce to drizzle over the top. Salad is optional. I usually skip it, as I would rather have room for a few extra Pão de Queijo, who wouldn’t?
Mi Buenos Aries offers music, mostly South American, on a few Saturday nights each month. The first night that we went, we reserved a table, and I would highly recommend doing so if you are going on a Friday or Saturday evening. The restaurant is cozy and fills up fast. For those looking for an early evening, it is the perfect venue. Looking for a place to start out the night, and finish up in one of the many late night Berlin hotspots, this is a calm before the storm. Gabriella offers the restaurant for private, empanada-filled events, and manages her own venue as well. From music, such as Luca (pictured below), to an evening of Latino dancing – from history to a live demonstration.
Prefer a coffee and dessert? There is a glass counter case with set to changing selections. I am afraid I cannot personally attest to the desserts, as my compulsion is to order the Pão de Queijo. They are 90 Cents each, and resisting them is pointless.
Kastienalle 90, Prenzlauer Berg
Berlin, Germany 10435
+49 030 49964143
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