The star rating system on here makes you choose between average and very good. That's quite a big gap - this place is somewhere in between. But worth a visit all the same, but take my advice when choosing your steak - don't go for the small sirloin.
I'll explain - but first, a bit about the place itself.
So, it's a smallish restaurant, previously was an Italian deli I seem to recall. It's in a suburb of the city very popular with students and it's not pretending to be a top restaurant, so let your expectations be set somewhat by that.
The decor is pretty basic with smallish wooden tables and chairs and a bit of a South American ranch theme to it.
As you go in the first thing you'll notice is a charcoal barbecue grill, upon which our maestro is flame-grilling his steaks. Well, I like that personally. It's not often you come across places that serve up genuine charcoal grilled steaks - especially in this city - which is why we gave it a go.
There were a group of us and we ordered some sausages and a cheese selection for starters. Personally I'm not keen on cheese to start a meal, but it was nice and the sausages were very good too. They were a bit mean on the accompaniments mind you. They brought one tiny dish of a kind of salsa - I think it was meant to be Chimichurri although it was a pretty basic attempt - a bit low on the spicing and herbs - mostly chopped tomato and there was about 2 tablespoons of it between 4 of us. To be fair, they willingly brought more upon request.
We all went for steak - that is, after all, the main reason for going to a place like this (unless you're a veggie of course). The results were varied. There was quite a longish wait for the food to come - one gets the impression they were a little bit overrun and not coping too well in terms of getting the food out. But let's not forget, they are cooking it all fresh in front of you on the barbecue grill and you might expect to have a wait when they are busy.
However, what they should be able to do is bring all the meals out at the same time. And they didn't. One of our group, who had ordered the 8oz sirloin, was waiting for a further period whilst we all sat looking at our steaks waiting to get started. When it came it looked nothing like a sirloin of steak. More like a rib-eye, very round in shape and very fatty. Contrast that with the 12oz sirloin ordered by another of our group and it was like a totally different steak altogether. The 12 oz was a nice long flat, almost oblong, piece of very lean meat. The difference was explained to us as just the different way in which the steaks were cut. It seems hardly plausible because the texture of the meat and the fat yield was completely different as well. But, if true, then maybe they should start cutting it the same way as the 12 oz sirloin because they aren't going to win many friends with the way the 8oz is served if that's the standard to go by.
There was quite a lot of variation in the way the steaks were cooked compared to what had been requested. The 8oz sirloin, which had been ordered "medium" was almost blue! As we had been waiting extra minutes for this one to arrive we didn't want to send it back and make our unlucky guest wait a further period - so we ended up swopping steaks so we could just get on with having a meal together.
It was therefore a bit of a mixed experience. A bit disorganised. A feeling that they had almost forgotten one of the steaks and then rushed to cook it quick after realising that one of us was sat with an empty space in front of them, whilst the others were staring at a meal going cold. And inexplicable inconsistency between different weights of the same sirloin.
The wine was excellent by the way. We chose an Argentian Malbec - it was not only delicious but very reasonably priced too.
Would we go back?
Yes. We would. But we might try and avoid a weekend evening in order to give them the best chance of not being too busy to miss important details.
Would I recommend it to others?
Yes. Given the reservations expressed here. Which, let's face it, ought to be easy to fix and therefore would be deserving of a proper 4 star rating on here - and not the one with exceptions that I've just told you about.
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