After a long rain-soaked week of working downtown, the only thing you want to do is take the subway home, kick off your shoes and order empanadas. But wait! There’s an awesome bar in microcentro where you can grab a quick beer and tostado while waiting for the rush hour to pass.
I have a secret affection for old bars and restaurants that seem to be stuck in the 1970′s. If the main clientele are old men, even better. Wait, no-I’m not like into old men or anything! I just like the grandpa ambiance…ok, nevermind…ANYWAY.
Cafe Paulin (Sarmiento 653) is supposedly known for having the best sandwiches in Buenos Aires. So being the fan of toasty goodness that I am, I decided to check it out one night after work.
Stepping in to Cafe Paulin, you realize it’s not just your typical porteño café. The long, narrow room has a U-shaped bar going down the middle and glass mirrors lining the wall. Just pick a spot and grab a menu that has a long list of all your favorite sandwiches, from leberwust to ham and cheese to lomito ahumado. They also have several different breads for you to choose from as well.
I chose a lomito ahumado and cheese on pan francés, and of course a cold quilmes to wash it all down. The verdict? A little dry and bland, but then again I’m really a saucy type of girl, butter, mayonnaise, pesto- give me wet. But, the ambiance is nice and there’s not much of a crowd after work, so it’s a good place to wind down and grab a quick bite before braving the subte.