Friends in downtown Bariloche is a festive eatery that serves up decent, if slightly greasy, Argentine food 24 hours a day. Here you’ll find the classics — pasta, pizza, hamburgers and some European fare such as goulash and spatzle at reasonable prices. The thick-crust pizza is a filling diversion from the normal Argentine thin-crusted pie.
Friends has a bright and cheery atmosphere with random ‘Americana’ antique ornaments and curiosities hanging from the ceiling. This is the first place to go in Bariloche with kids — not just because of the visuals but because of the basic, kid-friendly menu.
Although Friends seems a bit gimmicky and gets a mention in every guidebook, locals go here too — especially when they are in search of a meal in the middle of the night. The service here is hit-and-miss, and apparently the waitstaff have offended someone sufficiently enough to prompt them to open a Facebook group calling for a boycott of the eatery.
Friends shouldn’t be blacklisted though, since it’s one of the few places in Bariloche to have a meal after the bars close and other odd hours.
Tel: (02944) 423 700
• Open 24 hours