"Rustic Argentinian is great value for money"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
Steakhouses have been hip since Hawksmoor
made meat sexy. Forget Angus Steakhouse
, now we have the fabulously art deco MASH
, trendy Soho joint Flat Iron
and high end Goodman
among many others, all worthy of merit for different reasons.
As Argentina is famous for its beef, it’s only natural Argentinian steakhouses should prove successful on this side of the pond. In the centre of Amsterdam every other restaurant is a South American steakhouse, and while they aren’t quite as ubiquitous here almost everyone has eaten at a Gaucho
or one of the highly praised examples of the genre like Buen Ayre
But La Patagonia is not just about steak. The menu has a good representation of traditional Argentinian food and its influences, so as well as arepas (corn pancakes) and grilled meats there’s Spanish chorizo and Italian pasta dishes.
We start with a couple of empanadas, the Latin equivalent of pasties, fried rather than baked. One is stuffed with well-seasoned minced beef, spinach, raisins and egg; the other with spinach and rich béchamel. Provoletta a la Patagonia is melted provolone cheese sprinkled with a little red onion; it gets more and more appetising as it cools and crisps up.
Milanesa Puerto Madryn, named after the coastal city, is a breaded chicken escalope with a deep fried sweet banana and sweetcorn cream over the top, a surprisingly great combination. Asado de tira is ‘cut across the rib cage as per the Gaucho tradition’, essentially grilled, perfectly marbled beef ribs.
Ensalada de campo translates as ‘field salad’, but it’s in fact a rather sumptuous mix of rocket, parmesan and sundried tomatoes. Even the chips are special; Provençale fries are hand cut with the skin on, seasoned with salt, garlic and parsley. Obviously the wine list is mostly made up of Argentinian wines, but there’s native Prosecco and Quilnes beer too.
Both food and service are top notch, plus the bill comes to just £70 including two glasses of Malbec and two beers. That’s value for money few steakhouses can beat.
Leila reviewed La Patagonia on Wed 23 Apr 2014