So goes without saying that this post will primarily focus on meat – of the culinary variety. Argentina is globally reputed to have the best meat, tender, succulent and above all… it cheap!
Our first dinner was at a parilla (argentinean steakhouse) right next to our hostel. It looked run down, had 2 ceiling fans and the most friendly waiters I’d ever come across. One of the many pretty waitresses accidentally spilled sauce on our table, for which she apologised with a “ooooii perdon!”. Apologies have never sounded sexier! Gotta love Spanish.
The next day, I had more meat cravings which I fulfilled by heading out to the San Telmo Sunday markets to a much recommended restaurant – El Desnivel.
The place was packed with gringos which gave us a fair indication that it was a place much reveled by tourists. I ordered a Lomo – a beer tenderloin to be cooked medium rare. Little did I realise that a medium rare in Buenos Aires equated it being cooked rare to almost blue. So what I ended up with on the table was just 3 inches of flesh and blood. Plenty of blood.
Lesson learnt – always ask for your steak to be cooked two levels above what you would normally ask for in any other country.
– The Sunday markets at San Telmo kick off at 10am and last till 4pm. Up for sale are goods created by the hippies in the area, i.e. beads, cotton wear, musical instruements. Definitely worth a look as there’s plenty of music and good food out there.