'He was surprised': Robert De Niro had lunch at a Balvanera grill and chose a typical Argentine dish

‘He was surprised’: Robert De Niro had lunch at a Balvanera grill and chose a typical Argentine dish

There are emblematic places in the city of Buenos Aires that transport you to another era and in which there are endless stories. This is the case of the Bravo Grill – or better known as “Lo de Omar” – where scenes from the Argentinian series were filmed Nothing 😀Directed by Mariano Cohn and Gaston Duprat. The protagonist of audiovisual production is neither more nor less than Robert De Niro, who during a break from filming, enjoyed and tasted one of the star dishes Of the place. “It was very moving” he said in dialogue with LA NACION Antonio Fiz place grill.

Not every restaurant in the world can say a Hollywood star sat at their table. However, the premises located on Calle Matheu 24, in the heart of Balvanerahad the honor of experiencing a historic event. May 3, the intersection between Rivadavia and Hipólito Yrigoyen avenues closed to traffic so that the actor and Louis Brandoni -Story co-star- shoot a scene there. As soon as the news went viral, hundreds of people came out to take pictures and ask for autographs.

In statements to LA NACIÓN, Niz revealed more details about when he discovered the grid had been selected to be the theater for the fiction: “We have a regular customer who He works in the production of the series and he is the one who provided the data. They recently took several photos in different places that interested them to record and they chose us. This is the first time something like this has been filmed.”

Antonio with Luis Brandoni in front of the barbecue where he worksAntonio Fiz

On the other hand, he mentioned the artist’s attitude towards those present and admitted that it was excellent. “The treatment was very correct. Came in, did the scenes and sat down to eat with Brandoni. Photos that we could not take, since it was forbidden. I was very confident,” he revealed.

Also, the restaurant is lucky to say that De Niro tried one of its star dishes, one of the most acclaimed by customers. “He ate a chorizo ​​steak. When he saw the size he was surprised, it was 800 grams, giant! Apparently he liked it, by the face he was happy. Then he continued filming,” he said.

On the left, Robert De Niro tasting one of the restaurant's dishes;  on the right, the famous chorizo ​​bife they serve at Bravo
On the left, Robert De Niro tasting one of the restaurant’s dishes; on the right, the famous chorizo ​​bife they serve at BravoAntonio Fiz

According to Fiz, they would never have imagined experiencing an event of such magnitude on the grid. “First, when they asked us if the filming could be done, the owner –Omar Escudero– He told them yes. When they started to come more often and there were more meetings, we realized everything and we were surprised”, he introduced in his explanation of the day the news fell. .

In this sense, he added: “Everything was very emotional, when they recorded there were about 120 people outside the place, between security, cameras and everything else. The cook Narda Lepes was in charge of serving restoration for all staff.

Not insignificant fact is that Antonio, together with another waiter from the grill, was also part of the series: “They asked me if I could make a scene and I said yes. I acted like a barbecue, as is my position. A colleague who acted as a waiter also participated.

Robert De Niro in front of the Bravo grill, located in the Balvanera district
Robert De Niro in front of the Bravo grill, located in the Balvanera districtAntonio Fiz

the owner of the premises, Squirebought the business with his wife Jungle Bravo over 30 years ago and little by little they have made a place for themselves in the gastronomic circuit.

“She was working as a waitress at the previous place, which was also a grill. She then bought the piece with him. When he passed away some time ago, Omar continued to run the place. It is a room for about 44 people. The grill is in the front and the customers are watching us cook. They come from all quarters and even from other parts of the world“, he comments proudly.

Bravo, the grill with decades of history in the heart of Balvanera

To enter the place is to immerse yourself in a scene from the past: the time when the iconic still lifes like El Globo, Lezama, Miramar and La Pipeta.

Inside there are various ornaments of historical figures of tango, Tita Merello postersCarlos Gardel, and an always spotless grill next to a steel hood, accompanied by old tables in a rustic style that never cease to amaze first-timers and regulars alike.

The inside of the grill, with a decoration alluding to the tango
The inside of the grill, with a decoration alluding to the tangoCapture Facebook Lo de Omar

Although many personalities from the local scene have passed through his tables, De Niro’s visit never ceases to amaze them. “Someone famous always arrives, but this is the first time that an artist of this nature arrives”Anthony concluded,

Undoubtedly, this unexpected event has become one of the most important for the workers and the owner of the grill, and it will be a special anecdote that they will tell at every opportunity that arises.

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