Argentina, a country that prides itself on the treatment of its cattle, thus producing the most delicious beef you could possibly imagine, (yes, it does get better than a British fillet steak!) but what is it that makes the meat so damn juicy, and where are the best places to enjoy it in the capital?
The taste of Argentine beef is not solely due to its organic growth, but also the way in which it is cooked. The best way to experience a 5-star meaty feast is to attend an asado (an Argentine BBQ where slabs of meat are heavily seasoned and slow-cooked), alternatively, take to the streets where you will be spoilt for choice!
The streets of Buenos Aires are packed with parrillas, or more commonly known, steakhouses, but unfortunately this doesn’t make it any easier to find the right place to eat amongst the over-priced, chain restaurants flooded with tourists. After 2 and a half months of trial and error, here are the best of the bunch, starting with the cheapest:
An absolute gem hidden on the outskirts of Palermo Hollywood, Don Niceto defines the traditional parrilla with an authentic atmosphere and Argentine menu, not to mention it’s cheap as chips! The majority of the clientele are old Argentine men who no doubt have been eating there since it opened, and the restaurant even has a small television playing all of the football matches.
One of the hot favourites, but well worth waiting in the queue, Las Cabras is more familiar than Don Niceto and suitable for large groups. Unfortunately, tables can’t be booked, but the amount of seats crammed inside and outside make the queue move quickly. The menu hosts a variety of different meat dishes but the most popular dish is the platter which gives you a taste of everything (photo above) and is highly recommended by myself.
Another popular spot in the hustle and bustle of Palermo that will leave a lasting impression. The deliciousness of Argentine beef can even be tasted in a simple burger, and the unique toppings and sauces available at Burger Joint provide something for everyone (even vegetarians)! Meal deals available including beer or sangria.
With signed bottles of wine decorating the walls, this classy but quirky restaurant is the perfect setting for a date night or family dinner. A lot more expensive than the other parrillas mentioned, the ambiance and service justifies the price charged and I would go as far as to say that this is the nicest restaurant I have eaten at in South America.