Unlike some of its South American neighbours, Argentinean cuisine isn’t about eating marathons of meat – this was nothing like the gaucho (meaning cowboy) grill I had in mind! No flames in view, only crisp white tablecloths and a distinct European feel. Our waitress recommended an Argentinean Cabernet Sauvignon from the Mendoza Valley ($14/glass) to compliment my ‘must-have’ steak.
We started with traditional Empanadas ($8.50), a pastry filled with ground beef, olives, boiled egg and spices. The Provolone ($16.50) – essentially grilled cheese but not in the Americana or Croque Monsieur sense – is fried on the grill until it’s crispy on the outside and oozing on the inside, then served with chunks of bread. We’re told to eat it quickly – which is not hard!
The Fillet Steak ($36/200g) is a fist full of meat, honoured on a white plate with a small salad garnish. It’s honest meat and cooked to medium-rare perfection. My dining partner was recommended the Tres Lomos ($30) a trio of meats: lamb, pork and chicken. The highlight is the pork, marinated in Chimmichurri: a sauce of parsley, garlic and ‘secret ingredients’.
Finally, their Crème Caramel ($12.50) is petite but with a dollop of dulce de leche – thick Argentinean caramel – it will keep me coming back for more.
71-73 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9360 6662