Chef, sommelier, food & wine writer. Buenos Aires’ longest running and best regarded restaurant review/critic blog. Travel tips, food news in Argentina and neighboring countries.
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Website Reviews » There are 16 reviews on SaltShaker

Randy Bear
14:18 PM November 01, 2012

When I and friends were getting ready to head to Buenos Aires, my friend found Casa Salt Shaker and booked a reservation for one of the wonderful evenings of dining with a collection of friends. However, as I prepared for the trip and since then, I've enjoyed reading about the city and surrounding areas through Dan's eyes. He gives visitors, and probably expats in Buenos Aires, new perspectives and ideas you don't get through just any old travel site. It's great to see him expand through the years. I know when I visit BsAs again, I'll be a more informed tourist, thanks to him.

Matt Chesterton
14:28 PM November 01, 2012

I chop and change my RSS feed all the time but Saltshaker is a constant presence on it and has been for many years. The first thing you notice about Dan's restaurant reviews is that they reflect his deep knowledge about food. He knows when a chef is bluffing because he's seen it done properly somewhere else. This would be enough to distinguish him from 99% of food bloggers, few of whom make up for in enthusiasm what they lack in knowledge. But its Dan's honesty that lifts him into the very top tier. He's unsparing in both his criticisms and his praise and could care less about a chef or a restaurant's reputation.

Serena Fix
14:55 PM November 01, 2012

I don't live anywhere near Buenas Aires yet follow SaltShaker avidly for its energy, colorful cuisine , travel tales and wit. Also this site contains a useful list of supper clubs around the world not to be found elsewhere.

15:29 PM November 01, 2012

I've been to Casa Salt Shaker in Buenos Aires and had a fantastic meal and experience! Keeping tabs on Dan's view of Argentina, cooking, and related things brings me back to the taste of South America, and to a very unique gastronomical worldview. Bravo!

Mark Klafter
16:24 PM November 01, 2012

SaltShaker is an essential read for me, and it literally the only food related blog I pay attention to. The writer, who I've been familiar with for some time, brings such a fresh and interesting perspective to every topic. It's more than a review. More than a new recipe twist. More than a travel guide. It really shows the depth and creativity he has as a chef, restraunteur, and world citizen. SaltShaker makes me more creative in my own cooking endeavours, and gives me a moment of entertainment with each new blog. It makes me want for more of my own travels and food experiences. If only I could hop on a plane and travel to Argentina!

Ronica Sajnani
13:08 PM November 06, 2012

From my very first trip to BsAs some 5 years ago I have been going to Casa Saltshaker. It was an excellent experience and Dan's blogs are much more than food. He has a lovely friendly, fluid style and his food is never less than mouthwateringly delicious.

15:43 PM November 06, 2012

While there are several Buenos Aires restaurant/food guides, Saltshaker long ago became the only one I rely on. Dan's recommendations are spot on with my preferences. I never try a new restaurant without first checking Dan's review.

Frank Almeida
15:07 PM November 17, 2012

Dan has been a fixture in the underground closed door restaurant scene in Buenos Aires for several years now. He also happens to be a very good writer. His is one of the few foodie blogs that I read and consult on a regular basis. He is very consistent and after so many years of reading his blog I feel confident in looking at it as a great barometer. I may not always agree with a particular review (although I think I agree with most of them), but I feel that I understand them and how he got there and in the end he ends up helping me understand and appreciate the local food scene even more.

17:07 PM November 17, 2012

Casa Salt Shaker is the place to connect, meet people and tuck in to a home when in Buenos Aires. This is Dan's, wine, travel and everything groovy about BA. This blog is smart, witty, educational and keeps me thinking globally.

Dan Perlman
21:43 PM November 17, 2012

The writer of this blog and I may have the same name but we are in fact different people. I'm living in Austin, TX and I love to read this blog because Dan's knowledge of food is so great and as a home cook, he inspires me. Also it's great to do a little armchair travelling about Argentina to read about the expat experience there.

Rick Powell
16:46 PM November 19, 2012

Dan's a natural blogger, meaning his professional knowledge and opinions are not contradicted by his breezy, personal and conversational tone -- or vice versa -- and that the words just seem to flow out of his fingers naturally. I hear no bullshit, in other words, which is not something I can say about most of the other [food] blogs in Buenos Aires. Fun to read, and informative, even if you don't live in Argentina.

Jessica Givens
21:56 PM November 26, 2012

We have only recently discovered Casa SaltShaker as part of our trip planning process, and it's far more useful than any other guide I've found. It's honest; it's funny; it's awesome. We're happy to vote.

Diane Rigaux
14:22 PM November 28, 2012 has been our #1 restaurant reference for 8 years. The only suggestion we would make would be a mention of whether the reviewed restaurants serve dinner only, or lunch as well. When recommends a restaurant, we always go, and are never disappointed. Keep up the terrific work!

Ajo Knoblauch
21:30 PM November 30, 2012

Certainly one of the top sources for dining out in Buenos Aires, and Dan is also a real food scholar.

Luke Morton
11:55 AM December 18, 2012

Five years ago, I spent six weeks in Buenos Aires. I was lucky enough to visit SaltShaker's casa. Since then, I've followed as if my next trip to that enchanting city was just round the corner. Hopefully, soon, it will be.

12:36 PM December 18, 2012

Your dont need to be living in BA to love the extremely well written blog on what is clearly a love of food.

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