A new dining trend is sweeping Buenos Aires. Closed door restaurants give patrons the chance to attend a dinner party style meal prepared in a chef’s private home. James and I tried our first closed door restaurant last Saturday at Casa Mun.
Casa Mun is run by Chef Mun, an American who left the corporate banking world to bring a little bit of spice and variety to the Buenos Aires restaurant scene. Now on the weekends he converts his home into a small restaurant, and serves guests his thoughtfully planned Asian and Californian fusion menus.
The meal starts with a champagne reception so that guests can become acquainted. In a city of fourteen million and a dinner of twelve, I was expecting to not know anyone there. But it really is a small world, as my amiga Jessica was attending as well.
The meal was incredible. Chef Mun played to my nostalgia for good Asian food. We started with a delicate wonton soup with chicken, shrimp and crunchy vegetables. This soup is the Chef’s signature, and we topped it with crispy fried noodles.
The final course was a Korean bibimbap – crispy rice with several vegetables topped with a quail egg and served with the Chef’s mothers secret sauce. This course was paired with a glass of Universo Austral Finca Roja Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our first expedition into the world of closed door dining, which I’ve heard is becoming popular in cities like Seattle and San Francisco was hugely successful. This intimate dining style fosters a sense of community among other expats and our dinner conversation was as spectacular as the food. Will have to come back soon to see what else Chef Mun is cooking up.
Address provided upon reservation.
3356 – 0092