Why Anafe is the most exciting new restaurant in Latin America today

(World’s 50 Best Blog) Anafe, a restaurant in Buenos Aires that melds Latin American and global influences in daring combinations, was recognised at Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021: Pasado y Futuro, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, with the American Express One To Watch Award, given yearly to a rising star venue in the region. Sorrel Moseley-Williams delves into the restaurant’s unique story and what makes it special

High-school friends with a passion for food, Mica Najmanovich and Nico Arcucci took separate paths to savour the world, but returned to Buenos Aires in 2017 to embark on a fresh project. Bringing together their colourful heritages and vibrant global experiences, Anafe started life as a humble pop-up wherever space allowed – but its tasty feasts quickly captured diners’ attention, including Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.

After four short years, Anafe (meaning ‘portable stove’ in Spanish) found a permanent home in the barrio of Colegiales, and the pair – today, partners in both business and life – is setting the standard in sophisticated comfort food, with the latest recognition of the American Express One To Watch Award marking a turning point. But, even before the chefs themselves became aware of it, Anafe’s culinary concept had already been in the making for years.

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