Regional plates - Litoral

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Litoral
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Food from the Litoral Region

Sra. Lucy P. de Pescarmona

Food from the Litoral region consists of preparations which are a mix resulting from the collision between the European cultures and that of the indigenous people.

Nowadays, we can still appreciate tributes from the Guarani culture in the music, local customs, dialects and also in the food.  

Fish is the essential food  of this region’s inhabitants, which has given a new meaning to the “fish of the day” with a wide variety of dishes prepared with fresh river fish that are cooked in the oven,  grilled with lemon  or accompanied by different sauces.

Many of them are still known by their native names: surubí, pacú, mandubé and patí and others are known by their Spanish names: amarillo, pejerrey, dorado, Gran Paraná and sábalo. 

Juana Manuela Gorriti, in her book Eclectic Food quotes: “It has all the colors of the rainbow in its scales. This is the dorado fish. Its meat is so white and delicious, that the girls living by the river, when they are pretending to fish, set the rest of the prisoners free if they find a dorado in their nets”.

Zebu, a large hump back breed of cow, is one of the most consumed meats and is grilled in the Brazilian way: churrasco al espeto. 

Cayman hunting is also very common, its tail is used to prepare milanesas; as well as with the armadillos, capybaras and ducks.

The mamón and zapallo (pumpkin) are the most common sweet dish.

The influence of Paraguayan cuisine is maintained in Misiones, Corrientes and Formosa: the northern locro with meat, corn, pumpkin and mandioca (cassava) and the mbeyu or cassava starch tortas fritas, a typical Guarani specialty that is eaten with milk, salt and cheese.  

Two classics are the Paraguayan soup, that despite its name is a white corn flour bread with cheese, onion and spices and the famous chipá, a kind of bread that is enjoyed with tereré, a traditional infusion that is drunk cold and is made with yerba mate and citrus fruits. 

Regarding alcoholic drinks, the locals consume caña and cachaça.

And finally, mate which is traditional Argentine infusion typical from the Littoral, where yerba mate is grown. It is a stimulating hot tea, of greenish colour, that is shared by friends and family and even among unknown people as a sign of hospitality in this beautiful land.

Recipes: 

Chipá

This is a Guarani term for a bun made of starch flour and cassava. It is common in Paraguay, which runs along the northern border of Argentina.

Ingredients:

500 gr. cassava starch
250 gr. creole cheese
100 gr. lard or shortening
2 cups milk
2 eggs
Salt to taste

Preparation:

On a counter, distribute cassava starch in a volcano shape. Place the diced cheese, lard or shortening, salt and eggs in the crater. Mix by hand into a smooth paste.

Add milk gradually until the dough reaches a plump, soft texture. Then, make small dumplings. Place on greased sheet pan and bake at medium heat. Cook until dumplings brown and are spongy.

Kivevé

This is a thick and consistent cream made from a gourd called Andaí. This Misiones dish is also shared with neighboring Paraguay.

Ingredients (6 servings):

1 kg. pumpkin 
250 gr. corn flour
200 gr. fresh cheese
1 onion
1 cup milk
1 tbsp. sugar 
3 tbsp. oil 
1 tbsp. coarse salt

Preparation: 

Cut the pumpkin into cubes and remove seeds. Chop the onion and set aside. In a covered pan, cook the pumpkin in 3 cups of water.

Once cooked, puree the hot pumpkin with the leftover cooking liquid. In another pan, brown onion in oil. Incorporate milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, salt, and, finally, sift in corn flour, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.  

Continue cooking over low heat, stirring constantly, for 12 min. Add diced cheese, mixing quickly. Remove from heat and serve hot.

Pacú a las Brasas (Grilled Pacu)

Pacu is a fish called “the river pig” because of its delicious taste and high fat content. It is ideal to prepare grilled in the oven or on a outdoor grill .

Ingredients (4 servings):

4 fresh or freshly-thawed fillets of pacu
2 lemons
1 sprig of dill
1 sprig of coriander
1 tsp. ground black pepper
Salt to taste

Preparation:

Make a wood or charcoal file. Once ready, spread a thin layer of heated charcoal or wood below the grill. Be sure that the grill is clean. 

Place the seasoned pacu fillets on the grill. Cooking time varies but is generally done medium heat within about 10-15 minutes per side. Garnish with the lemon juice, dill and cilantro. Fat should be removed without the pacu drying. Remove and serve with the garnish of your choice.
 

La Rueda 1975

Localities: 
Iguazú, Misiones
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Litoral
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In a setting decorated with tacuara, a local material, as well as the Mesopotamian woods, this eatery offers a menu with regional and international cuisine, plenty of delicious dishes made with raw materials from the region.

Sampling of river fish, Rueda salad, surubí, dorado, pacú, red meat, and excellent pasta, such as ricotta and walnut ravioli, spinach and walnut pappardelle, and a delicious mousse with tropical flavors, are some of the more relevant creations.

A not-to-be-missed starter are the “empanadas” (meat pies), which are made of surubí.

The wine cellar has more than 200 labels hailing from the most famous wineries in the country.

The service is excellent, attentive, and professional.

Thanks to the restaurant’s popularity, reservations are required.

It is open every day, at midday and in the evening.
 

Address: 

Av. Córdoba 28

Phone: 
+54 (3757) 422531
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Accepts reservations
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Aqva

Localities: 
Iguazú, Misiones
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Litoral
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Located on the main avenue in the middle of the city, AQVA is a tourist site where you can enjoy excellent regional and international cuisine.
 
It is highly recommended for those seeking delicious local fish, such as surubí, dorado, and pacú, and meat and homemade pasta of outstanding quality.

The rich dishes are made with fresh products and have precise cooking times, and portions are generous.

Also notable are the delicious desserts, the most outstanding being the chocolate AQVA and the maracujá mousse.

The eatery offers a good choice of Argentinian wines, with some “treasures” to be discovered.

One nice touch nice touch: limoncello is served to guests with coffee.

Attentive and professional service, supervised by the owner in each and every detail.

Reservations are required.

It is open every day at midday and in the evening.

Address: 

Av. Córdoba, esquina Carlos Thays

Phone: 
+54 (3757) 422064
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Accessible
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El Quincho del Tío Querido

Localities: 
Iguazú, Misiones
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Litoral
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A tourism classic in Puerto Iguazú.
 
Located at the heart of the city and decorated in the traditional style, this spot offers world-class regional gastronomy and grilled dishes.

There are three different large rooms where you can enjoy river fish, such as dorado and surubí, or an excellent choice of meat , for example, chorizos criollos (Creole sausages), morcillas (blood sausages), chinchulines (entrails), falda (beef brisket), tira (grilled ribs), entrecote, and more.

Every single meal has its precise cooking time and is served with chimichurri sauce.

Portions are huge, so sharing is a must.

Live folk music shows start every evening at 8:00 p.m. sharp.

Throughout the evening, zambas and chacareras, milongas and tangos, baladas and boleros float through the air.
 
Although it is a big restaurant, the staff is always attentive and the service is very good.

Advanced reservations are required, because as of 8:30 p.m. the restaurant is generally full of people, and getting a table can be a challenge.

It is open every day, at midday and in the evening.
 

Address: 

Av. Perón y Caraguatá

Phone: 
+54 (3757) 420151
Classification
Facilities: 
Valet parking
Accepts reservations
Parking
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Bocamora Grill & Wine

Localities: 
Iguazú, Misiones
Establishments type: 
Restaurants
Region: 
Litoral
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Description: 

BOCAMORA GRILL & WINE is located just 100 meters from Hito de las Tres Fronteras, behind Hotel Amerian.
Its extensive terrace with a spectacular panoramic view is the attraction of the site, largely due to the landscape and area in front of the Iguazú and Paraná rivers.

The menu offers a variety of typical regional and gourmet dishes.

Among its specialties, you can find river fish such as surubí, pacú, and dorado with regional garnishes, accompanied by a fine selection of Argentinian wines.

It is a perfect place to spend a quiet and pleasant evening on a starry night.

The service is nice and professional.

It is open every day, at midday and in the evening.

Address: 

Av. Costanera 20

Phone: 
+54 (3757) 420550
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Facilities: 
Valet parking
Accepts reservations
Parking
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Posada de la Laguna

Localities: 
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Corrientes
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Litoral
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Posada de la Laguna is located on the edge of Laguna Iberá, with a garden of two hectares of native trees. From there, you can take boat rides and go canoeing, leaving from the garden pier to enjoy watching capybaras, alligators, otters, marsh deer, among others, and some 350 varieties of birds. The typical construction of Corrientes has a gable roof and wide galleries that let you enjoy the rich nature of the place. Its owner, Elsa Güiraldes, handles all details personally. Accommodation is full board, four meals and an extensive program of activities. The eight rooms are spacious and comfortable, decorated with modest taste and very consistent with the surroundings. In the main house is the dining room, which offers a regional menu. Excellent homemade cuisine supervised by Pancho González Alzaga: cold soups like gazpacho Andaluz, tomato, watermelon and mango o Vichyssoise, alternate with delicious hot soups, hams, Brusquets, mushrooms, steaks and cheeses, fruits, and all the delights of a generous nature marinated with olive oil, pepper, and fresh herbs. Breads, jams and homemade desserts, like the not-to-be-missed Elsa’s mousse or the passionate maracuyá. Afternoon tea is served in its galleries overlooking the lagoon and palm trees. The activities that take place here are very varied: day or night hikes, horseback riding through marshes and palm groves, starlit boat rides, wandering the streets of Colonia Pellegrini riding or in a horse-drawn carriage. And there is, of course, the simple getting-to-know of the Corrientes lifestyle along with its traditional buildings. Very friendly and professional service. It is open throughout the year.

Address: 

Guazuvirá s/n

Phone: 
+54 (3773) 499413 / +54 (11) 4797 7449
Classification
Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Very Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Fishing
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Posada Aguapé

Localities: 
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Corrientes
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Litoral
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Description: 

Posada Aguapé is located in Esteros del Iberá, on the shores of Laguna Iberá.
Surrounded by a large park that borders its water, you will be able to observe the animals and the birds that inhabit the protected and surprising coast.
Navigating the lagoon by canoe or boat, you can enjoy wildlife in their natural habitat: capibaras, alligators, otter, marsh deer, brown corzuelas, howler monkeys, and over 300 species of birds.
From the dock or deck, you can enjoy incredible sunsets.
The rooms are spacious and very comfortable, reflective of the characteristic atmosphere of the place, and all of them overlook the park.
Accommodation is full board, four meals and an extensive program of activities.
Its restaurant offers the best regional cuisine in the area, delicious and homemade, accompanied by a good choice of wines.
You cannot miss the lamb, homemade pasta, desserts, especially the maracuyá ice cream with cream, and olive and cheese breads, fresh from the oven.
There is a menu for those with celiacs disease and for vegetarians.
In the cottage, tea is served daily with homemade cakes and pastries.
Watching activities are complemented by bicycles, horses, and a nice pool.
The staff is very friendly and extremely helpful and professional at all times.

It is open throughout the year.

Address: 

A orillas de la Laguna Iberá

Phone: 
+54 (3773) 499412 / +54 (11) 4742 3015
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Very Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Fishing
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Irupé Lodge

Localities: 
Colonia Carlos Pellegrini, Corrientes
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Litoral
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Description: 

Irupé Lodge is the first inn that can be seen over Laguna Iberá upon arrival at Colonia Carlos Pellegrini. It is built on an area of 15,000 square meters of gardens full of wildlife and a swimming pool. It has its own pier, which is a launching point for excursions into the heart of the marshes. Highlights include unforgettable landscapes, bird watching and native fauna: howler monkeys, otters, capibaras, black caiman and speckled alligators, peccaries, bobcats, swamp deer, corzuelas, etc. In the main body of the lodge, there are five rooms of rustic decoration and simple furniture, a huge livingroom overlooking the garden, and a restaurant where continental breakfast is also served. In two separated sections, there are four upper-category rooms. They are comfortable and tastefully decorated with their own deck and beach chairs. Accommodation is full board, four meals and an extensive program of activities. The regional and homemade cuisine is excellent, and the set menu is varied – you can taste fish, lamb, chicken and vegetarian dishes, accompanied by an excellent choice of wines from Mendoza. All the staff is welcoming and friendly, and the service is very professional. It is open throughout the year.

Address: 

RN 40 y Calle 1

Phone: 
+54 (3773) 15402193 / +54 (3773) 15400661
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Very Highly Recommended
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Fishing
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Estancia San Alonso

Localities: 
Iberá, Corrientes
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Litoral
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Description: 

Located on the shores of Laguna Paraná in the heart of Esteros del Iberá, Estancia San Alonso comprises 11,000 hectares of islands and marshes. In 1996, it was bought by the American conservationist Douglas Tompkins to protect its environment, native flora and fauna. Because of its remote location, it is accessible only by air in private plane. The ranch has its own airstrip. The wooden house is built on one floor, with spacious galleries and panoramic views. It offers an organic cuisine with tasty homemade dishes. It is the best place to get to know the virgin wilderness of the marshes; from the spot, you can reach the famous Carambola river by boat. All-inclusive service. Careful attention of its staff in all activities. It is open throughout the year.

Address: 

Esteros del Iberá

Phone: 
+54 (3773) 15 475114 / +54 (3782) 497172
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Highly Recommended
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Estancia Rincón del Socorro

Localities: 
Iberá, Corrientes
Establishments type: 
Hotels
Region: 
Litoral
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Description: 

The farm is located on the south bank of the famous wetlands of Corrientes in Esteros del Iberá, an idyllic setting. It is the property of Douglas Tompkins, who is working for the conservation of wildlife in the marshes of Iberá. Tompkins expects the area to become a national natural reserve. It is an ideal place to enjoy a different and unforgettable eco-tourism experience, in the observation of its unique flora and fauna. Common areas include a nice, large lounge, with a library and a playground, a covered porch, dinning room, and a barbecue area for outdoor dining. It has six rooms in the main house and three bungalows. The rooms are spacious and bright, and they are decorated with rustic wooden furniture and ceiling fans. The restaurant offers delicious cuisine, where Ramona Godoya, its expert cook, prepares dishes made with organic products from her own garden and meat from animals raised on pasture, accompanied by the best wines of the country. All-inclusive service. All activities are well organized, with plenty to see and learn. It has its own airstrip, 4X4, horses, and boats for safaris. Please bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Excellent and friendly service in all areas. It is open throughout the year.

Address: 

A 30 km. de Carlos Pellegrini

Phone: 
+54 (3782) 497172 / +54 (3773) 15 475114
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Recommendation (Oscars): 
AAG's Exceptional
Facilities: 
Outstanding restaurant
Fishing
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