Brunch is a big deal in Buenos Aires; chic little cafes are popping up all over town and particularly in Villa Crespo and Palermo. On Sunday afternoons places like Gringa, Oui Oui, and Café Crespin all have queues out the door as a mixture of expats and locals come in search of a salmon bagel and a maracuya smoothie. One I hadn’t been to was Malvon, a very pretty little café in Villa Crespo. If I was giving points for style Malvon is head and shoulders above the rest. It’s got a lovely garden out at the back and a quirky fun interior that although full to the brim still gave the feeling of space.
We were sat down after a brief wait just in time to order the brunch deal which ends at 4:30, although if you’re eating at 4:30 I’m not really sure you can call that brunch. It’s a pretty good deal, $50 for one of the brunch options, tea/coffee, lemonade and a blueberry pancake. I have been searching high and low for the city’s best eggs Benedict and I have found Buenos Aires lacking so far. No one here has really worked out how to make a decent hollandaise sauce. I still can’t resist ordering it, although I am now getting used to the familiar sense of disappointment that it entails.
As expected the eggs Benedict were a little meh. Presentation wasn’t great and the hollandaise sauce was very thin, one of my friends even complained that one of his eggs didn’t have a yolk but I don’t believe him. J’s salmon bagel was probably the best choice of the lot, a couple of big slabs of smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers and rocket in between a fresh bagel, you can’t go far wrong with that. In fact the bread is one of the best things about Malvon, all baked on the premises it fills the café with a lovely smell and tastes great.
Another feather in Malvon’s cap is it’s extensive dessert options. While I have found the desserts at Oui Oui and Gringa severely lacking, (Oui Oui’s waffles are so dry they are almost inedible), the puddings at Malvon were brilliant. The orange sponge cake was deliciously soft and packed full of flavour and the cinnamon roll took me back to when I used to live in Paris; fresh and tasty. I didn’t have room for the maracuya cheesecake but I will be back soon to try it out.
Malvon has it’s faults, some of the savoury dishes are a little average but it is a great place for a Sunday afternoon brunch, probably the best I’ve had since I got here. It has a great atmosphere, friendly service and does some fun cocktails. I’m still on the hunt for the perfect eggs Benedict but I am rapidly losing hope that I am going to find it in Buenos Aires.