Enter this place and find the pace and atmosphere of an older Buenos Aires. The Richmond Cafe, a café notable, is all that is left of the Richmond Hotel, which once catered to the elite. The cafe sits in the lobby of the former hotel. The menu here is traditionally Argentine, and there is a confitería, or cafe, section in the front, serving as a cafe and fast-food eatery. You'll find locals of all kinds here, from workers to well-dressed seniors who recall Calle Florida's more elegant heyday. The decor is that of a gentlemen's club, full of wood, brass, and red-leather upholstery. Patrons can still let loose downstairs, in a bar area full of billiard tables. The menu of high-quality pastries is extensive. The restaurant serves hearty basics such as chicken, fish, and beef. The a la carte choices tend to be expensive, but three-course executive menus with a drink are a good bargain, running about $20 (£14).
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- Highly Recommended 2010