In Argentina there is a tendency for a retail or restaurant
business to close at a certain location only for the exact same type of
business with a different owner (and different name or slightly
different menu) to open again at that location. Lobby wine bar, which
had been written up in the Washington Post and many other massive
publications shut down its Palermo Hollywood
location about 18 months ago. I was surprised as I always thought that
if you got big press that meant you were super successful!
A couple of months ago, right in its place, a brand new wine themed
restaurant opened up at the same location. They boast one of the only
wine by the glass lists in Buenos Aires that we know of as well as,
French themed decor and a nice little food menu with sushi, cheese
platters, pasta, stir fry and eggrolls. It is a small spot with seating
for about 20 or 25, but its quaint and when the weather is nice it is a
great spot to sit outside.
I was all set to try a taste of the Angelica Zapata Malbec, from the
massive Catena Zapata winery when they told me they did not have it.
D’oh! I then wanted the Marchiori Barraud Malbec… d’oh! I finally
settled for the Paul Hobbs Bramare Malbec which is a delightful wine.
The other interesting thing about Bar du Marche is that you can try
wines from other regions of the world! Imagine that in Argentina (no
seriously, it is very hard to import anything to Argentina)! They have a
Chilean wine, an Australian wine and even an California wine! (sorry
for the exclamation points). Now those wines are going to appeal more to
locals, as if you are visiting Buenos Aires I would imagine that you
would want to stick to tasting Argentine wine.
One thing I have not tried at Bar du Marche is brunch but I hear it
is very good. Brunch seems to be a bit of a trend in Buenos Aires lately
with all sorts of signs out there advertising for it. They have a whole
selection of yogurts, egg dishes, tarts, a salmon sandwich on brioche
along with the typical Argentine fare like medialunas. I would imagine that the mimosas are very good as well!