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Review: Kōnā Corner

The realization of an acclaimed Argentine chef's lifelong passion for Japanese cuisine and culture. 
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Kōnā Corner, a 76-seat restaurant in Buenos Aires, is the ultimate expression of acclaimed Argentine chef Narda Lepes' lifelong passion for Japanese cuisine and culture. Located in the leafy Belgrano neighborhood, the restaurant blends traditional Japanese dishes with a modern twist. Executive Chef Pablo Chinen and Head Chef Fernando Kanashiro lead the open kitchen in creating an array of dishes that are faithful to Japanese roots and techniques, while presented in a contemporary style. Among the standouts are agedashi tofu, Hanetsuki gyoza, tonkatsu, miso beurre blanc trou, and fukusai—vegetables prepared five ways: raw, cooked, pickled, and nukazuke. Kōnā Corner's minimalist design, hidden lighting, and custom-made plateware have all been meticulously considered, creating an elegant and inviting ambiance. The sleek upstairs bar, masterminded by renowned bartender Inés de los Santos, is a destination in itself, especially when the karaoke room opens, making it the perfect spot for a memorable sake-induced night out.

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