I am Argentine, and I am always on the lookout for new and good Argentine places to check out.
I heard about this place through a friend who had tried it. 4 of us gave it a shot.
First impressions: this restaurant needs to get voted onto the show "Restaurant Makeover". The decor is right out of the 60's and needs a massive upgrade. Everything was clean and all that, so that's not an issue. But really, old carpet and chairs that look like they came of a Tavern from an Etobicoke strip mall?
We ordered the Scallops and Provoletta starters to share. Scallops were OK, nothing to write home about. The people here who said they were amazing must have never been to a very good high end fish place, cause what is served at Malbec is average, not great, not bad either. The Provoletta on the other had was excellent and we really enjoyed this. This is a huge round piece of provolone cheese grilled in a cast iron pan and melted but maintaining it's shape. It was very good. This is a classic for me and I thought they did a nice job with this.
We then ordered the parilla - a collection of various meats and sausages which we ordered for 4 people.
It came fairly quickly, about 15-20 minutes. They place a portable gas cook thing on the table and bring the meat on top to keep it warm.
This was a major disappointment to us. The plate had 2 sausages, lots of chicken breast pieces and NO morsilla - the blood sausage that was clearly spelled out on the menu as to have been included. So right off the bat they didn't bring us what were were most expecting to try. They had no more apparently. Are you kidding me?
The meat was ok - i enjoyed the Vacio the most. The little cuts of ribs were of really bad quality - mostly fat all over them. The chicken was plain Jane rubber chicken and I didn't even bother trying it. It came with sides of "home made" fries, which were anything but homemade, and a sweet potato mash that was very tasty and good.
We then ordered the white chocolate flan for dessert. This was the most tasteless dessert i've ever had in my life. It was terrible. Next time they should stick with the regular flan as that's next to impossible to screw up.
Would I return or suggest it to my non-argentine friends to experience good argentine food? Absolutely not.
We spent $220 for 4 people with some wine - Malbec of course. They had none of the good wineries from Argentina i was hoping to find. Only cheap brands unfortunately.
So plan to spend $50 per person and not eat anything special. You can do better for this money else place in the city.
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