South America Living


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dining by design from
architect-restaurateur Marcelo Joulia


Unik is the brainchild of Paris-based Argentinian architect and restaurateur Marcelo Joulia and his culinary collaborator, the globally acclaimed Argentine-born chef Mauro Colagreco. This is the first time the two have worked together in their homeland – though Colagreco remains based at his Mirazur restaurant in the south of France (currently number 28 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) – and the result is suitably impressive.

The dining space, located in the bohemian Palermo Viejo district of Buenos Aires, reflects Joulia’s design focus with eclectic retro-modern pieces of furniture, lighting and decorative interior touches seemingly thrown together to outstanding and highly individual effect. From a completely open kitchen, head chef Fernando Hara and his team serve a refined menu including dishes majoring on smoked prawns with sturgeon caviar, sole carpaccio, suckling pig and grilled rabbit saddle.

While Unik may be one of the continent’s places to be seen, the food succeeds in living up to the truly unique setting.

[photo credit: Christophe Apatie]

On the pass:

Fernando Hara

Style of food:

Contemporary international with a natural bent

Standout dish:

Patagonian lamb duet with smoked quinoa, pickled figs, almonds and tagine sauce


Soler 5132; Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires

+54 11 4772 2230


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