Antica Cina 中餐厅
In the Buenos Aires area, in a quiet street away from the frenetic shopping, there is a small, well-kept and welcoming restaurant called Antica Cina.
The owner is very friendly and helpful, the clientele is not particularly numerous (in the time I dined I saw many take away orders delivered) and the atmosphere is relaxed.
The cooking style is rather homemade, as evidenced by the presence of different types of gaifan (on the menu you will find it as a "single dish", made up of rice, meat or vegetables).
With the exception of the usual Cantonese rice, Vietnamese rolls or udon with vegetables (the presence of which, in my opinion, is more dictated by the proximity to the road, rather than a stylistic choice), the other dishes are quite interesting: the bowls of fire are well portioned and tasty (I tried the one with stewed pork twice, really very good) and I particularly liked the Shanghai-style dumplings (they look like small bao stuffed with meat, delicate and refined).
The rest of the courses give a nod to northern cuisine (although duck is also widely present: orange, roasted, grilled or Pekingese), given numerous proposals based on beef, veal, lamb. However, there is no shortage of fish and seafood.
At Antica Cina you eat well, the bill is honest and the experience is overall positive. Sure, maybe the location isn't exactly convenient but if you're in the area and you want to eat something tasty then this restaurant won't disappoint you.
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