South America Living

Pura Tierra

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Authentic clay-oven cooking in intimate surroundings


Argentine chef Martin Molteni has made it his mission to showcase local and national ingredients at his intimate restaurant, situated in an old house in Belgrano, and he takes an almost fastidious approach to ensure their quality. Hours are spent scouring markets across the country for the best and most authentic ingredients and Molteni even breeds his own rabbits, which he serves with a wholegrain mustard, almond crust and local potatoes.

At Pura Tierra, diners are given three options – a monthly-changing produce-based menu; a ‘best dishes’ menu, which changes by the season; and a six- or eight-course tasting menu. But there is one central element that brings it all together: Molteni’s clay oven. This is where he cooks the majority of his dishes but is also his way of honouring and retaining ancestral cooking techniques. There’s no doubt that authenticity is the true dish of the day here.

On the pass:

Martin Molteni

Style of food:

Authentic market-based Argentinian

Standout dish:

Sweetbreads, gilded molasses and fennel seeds, creamed potatoes, onions in broth, mushrooms golden, hot pepper chili sauce


3 de Febrero 1167, Belgrano, Buenos Aires

+54 11 4899 2007


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