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T+L Reports: Latin Explosion

South America's food scene is heating up with five new restaurants. ARGENTINA The stylish Casa Cruz (1658 Uriarte; 54-11/4833-1112; dinner for two $68) in Buenos Aires highlights chef Germán Martitegui's urban Argentine cuisine (rabbit medallions on raisin purée; poached lamb tenderloin). CHILE In Santiago, modish Puerto Fuy (3969 Nueva Costanera; 56-2/208-8908; dinner for two $74) dips into the sea for abalone ravioli laced with champagne cream and sea-urchin dumplings. BRAZIL At Rio de Janeiro's Da Graça (780 Rua Pacheco Leao; 55-21/2249-5484; dinner for two $20), a kaleidoscopic display of religious icons competes with equally colorful dishes, such as bolinhos (Cariocan fritters) garnished with salmon eggs. A-listers nibble on bamboo-shoot cannelloni and other crudivorismo, or raw foods, at São Paulo's Deloonix (1709 Rua Bela Cintra; 55-11/3085-2078; dinner for two $66). Conventional Paulistas prefer the sleek São (70 Rua Henrique Monteiro; 55-11/3034-5383; dinner for two $45), which has a menu influenced by a 19th-century Italian cookbook. Guinea fowl with broad beans, anyone?—CONNIE MCCABE

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