Paula Comparatore, owner and chef, is not just a local food alchemist who personally offers discerning clients, it is also a researcher and teacher of the subject: she teaches those interested in this cuisine
In Argentina good eating is almost a cult. The variety and quality of food produced in the country, and dishes in good restaurants locals make the manducar and drinking a particular reason to meet and enjoy. Thus it would be an unforgivable sin to miss the opportunity to enjoy delicious regional cuisine prepared in the FEDERAL restaurant.
We visited the place a quiet Saturday lunch, away from the busy bustle of the work week in which the crowd of offices, banks and hotels in the city of Buenos Aires FEDERAL circulating like hot homemade bread this impeccable street restaurant 1015 San Martin, Retiro. With a reasonable value for money, this well argent corner creates an environment suitable for families with children, for a business lunch, a romantic dinner for an output with bar atmosphere, or simply to discover what is often unaware of our own regional cuisine with local products.
There is a timely tasting menu (with wine drinks), but the same dishes can also be tested separately. "Argentina in 6 steps" travels the country with the most characteristic of our recipes and flavors: Step 1 Northwest (curd cheese and green onion empanada with hot pepper sauce), Step 2 Northeast (dorado bite of Paraná with molasses dressing) , Step 3 Pampas (soft cream corn soup with cilantro achiote), Step 4 North Patagonia (Patagonian lamb to merquén and malbec with candied carrots and grilled mushrooms), Step 5 Patagonia Austral (toothfish grilled mussels guayamanes accompanied by white wine on creamy mashed potatoes and orange vinaigrette and red onion, Step 6 sweet Argentina (tasting mini desserts), which may include sweet snack Cordovan milk, carob cake with chocolate mousse and cuaresmillo, key lime pie with red berries, Welsh with orange slices and whipped cream.
Surprise ostrich carpaccio with quinoa, Creole sauce and mix outbreaks. The ostrich farm and is one of the few places where locals try. Also those shellfish that Indians ate guayamanes discarding the shell and pulling back. And the great Patagonian lamb, slowly cooked in herbs and malbec for 6 hours, glazed carrots, sauteed mushrooms and rocket salad. The clay oven in sight at once gives a special flavor to dishes and an indigenous aesthetic to space. The delicious accompanying sauces, worth noticing, some are well picantonas.
In a warm environment where urban reign hides and woods typical of Argentina, THE FEDERAL is the first gourmet restaurant serving regional cuisine. There his painstaking creative and experienced chef Paula Comparatore applies the latest techniques for haute cuisine fusing the noblest regional raw materials.
Everywhere you look, has the stamp of the owner chef. Paula Comparatore was a disciple of the legendary Gato Dumas, began with THE FEDERAL back in 2000 in Palermo, Uriarte and Honduras. Now in the downtown Buenos Aires, is Argentina distinctly decorated with wave, so it is very crowded by tourists. There sleeper train tables, pedestal and wire cloth boards with ads, northern chairs. Typical regions alternating in space and in the letter, through a menu of fine cuisine designed to suit Paula, with great care in the selection of products and details.
Paula Comparatore is not just a local food alchemist who personally offers discerning clients, it is also a researcher and teacher of the subject: she teaches those interested in this cuisine with the most genuine and cutting edge culinary methods. She has traveled the depths of our country investigating the most curious and exquisite traditions, to find the essence of historical flavor. So worth discovering the magic of THE FEDERAL, testing those recipes that define our culture.
Address: 1015 San Martin (and Marcelo T. de Alvear). Tel. 4313-1324 / 4312-0171
Open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 24:00. Closed on Sundays. Discount Club La Nación.
traslation: Belén Zapata