Review of The Buenos Aires Argentine Steakhouse
I was randomly looking for a place to eat at in the city, and stumbled across The Buenos Aires Argentine Steakhouse. I had a brief look at the menu and the prices seemed reasonable. The restaurant was full too, so it seemed to be popular with the city workers. I was asked to sit at the bar to wait for a seat, and whilst there watched the yummy steaks being brought out. That was enough to get me into the mood for steak.
To start I had the Empanadas (£7.95). In each portion you get a choice of two different fillings out of Beef, Ham & Cheese, Creamy Spinach or Humita. I opted for the beef and the ham & cheese fillings. The beef empanada was awesome, so juicy and flavourful, the meat was also quite tender too. The ham & cheese filling, although yummy, was a little confusing for me though - it was a bit like eating a ham cheese toastie, but with that crispy flaky pastry.
I had a hard time choosing my steak, since they all looked so good! The different cuts are set out on the menu with the Argentinian names and an English explanation. I chose my personal preference the rib-eye, and opted for the smallest size of 9oz (£19.50). It was beautifully presented and was a joy to eat. The steak itself was really juicy, and had that slight crisp coating on the outside from the grilling. I like my steak with just a bit of salt and pepper. So I was really happy to see a neat sprinkle of pink rock salt across the plate, which allowed me to dip my steak into the salt to my liking. Even the small side salad served with the steak was good!
My companion opted for the Buenos Aires burger (£12.50) which was HUGE! Made up of an Argentine beef patty, crispy bacon, fried egg (runny), cheese, gherkins, fresh tomato, rocket and red onion. The combination of all these flavours made a good burger, so it's probably not a bad choice if you didn't feel like going for the steak. It's also served with hand cut French fries - so pretty good value for money.
I had quite a good time at the Buenos Aires Steakhouse and it was a good find. Especially since most of the good restaurants in the City of London can be quite hidden. I was surrounded by city workers, and the restaurant gave me an overall feel that it was quite popular with them. I can see it being a great place for work meetings, a casual meal after work or even a Christmas do. There are quite a few branches of the Buenos Aires Steakhouse across London, and I'd recommend them over Gaucho any day!
Address: 67 - 69 Watling Street, EC4M 9DD
Phone: 020 7248 6435
Opening Times: Mon - Tues noon-10PM, Weds - Fri noon-11pm, Sat - Sun open upon request