We've already shared with you some green restaurants in Buenos Aires in an earlier post, for Argentine treehuggers and those is town for a few days. This time we go a little further: not only a green, but also an intimate, slow-food/feel-good experience that seems specially designed for Downshifting Week (taking place from April 21st to 27th). That's what Kensho is: an indoor (that is, inside a house) vegetarian restaurant that opens only on Saturday nights for 20 people, which receive the different plates of the only menu available simultaneously. The evening also includes a 'bossa-tecno-funk show', as its owners describe, by chef Maximo Cabrera and Guillermina DÃaz. Kensho is located in Boedo neighborhood, two blocks away from the Boedo subway station and also from a traditional corner of the city known as "San Juan y Boedo", because of the streets that meet there. The area is not the most chic of the city, but once you pass those blocks and the corridor that separates the restaurant from the house's front door, the panorama improves significantly. Softly illuminated and with quiet bossa nova and jazz playing in the background, the interior is like an oasis where you really feel like talking.
Founders Cabrera and Martin Rodriguez call the menu "food in four stages". First consists of a plate with three different creams to spread on the homemade bread that includes carrots-mayonnaise, humus, and lentil-pÃ¢tÃ©. Second is gazpacho with fungus ceviche; and third varies with the time of the year, but has included quinoa tortilla with goat cheese and citrus fruits, and pumpkin curry. Dessert also varies, and includes seasonal fruits with homemade ice cream (the one we tasted was a fruit-salad with coconut ice cream and hot chocolate). All this is of course prepared minutes before it's served with fresh ingredients bought in local markets, and can be accompanied with organic wine, three classes of artisan beer or an exquisite homemade lemonade flavoured with ginger and basil.
When dinnertime ends -honoring Argentine's passion for late eating, at about 12 am in the night-, Cabrera leaves his uniform to join his girlfriend Guillermina for a smooth and intimate recital with their own songs.
Even though the restaurant is not cheap (about 45 Argentine pesos or 15 US dollars per person for the food and show, plus beverages), it's worth it if you want to chill out and forget about the world for a couple of hours.
Kensho is located in Cochabamba 3400, Boedo neighborhood, Buenos Aires (write to them for specific address). Entry is only with reservations by e-mail to kensho at restaurante dot net dot ar, or by phone: 4957 7679 (restaurant) or 15 5939 1601 (cell phone). It starts at 9 pm and can last up until 1 am. Website is on the way.