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“Brilliant little bistro with great food and wine.”
Review of Dada Bistro

Dada Bistro
Ranked #53 of 5,538 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Retiro
Reviewed October 10, 2012

We had been tipped off by a colleague that this place did exceptional food and not to worry about it looking a little tired on the outside. This was spot on advice. From the outside it looks like a small bar with a few tables that might do for a quick beer before heading off to a "proper" restaurant for a big steak. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When you go in the ambience quickly becomes apparent. Latin style music plays (not too loudly) and the waitress greets you in a friendly and informal manner. We were seated and pretty soon had a bottle of excellent Malbec in front of us.

If I had to find one fault I would have to say that after we ordered is was a pretty long time before the food arrived. But on the other hand the company was good, the place made us feel relaxed and welcome and, most importantly, the food was really worth the wait. I had the Lomo dada which came with a creamy mustard sauce and potato dauphinoise. It was delicious, and cooked just right. I've had plenty of good steak in Argentina, but this was a little bit different and really special. The others had a rib-eye steak which, unusually, came with a salsa style sauce on top which they also highly commended.

So I would thoroughly recommend the "Dada bistrot" (sic). But don't go if you are in a massive hurry or if you are a big group, since it works at its own pace and is only small.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We went on a Friday night so we were glad that that we had been in earlier to make a reservation - not least it got us that window table. This offered some respite from the local people that followed - by 10pm the place was rocking. Our waitress was accommodating and assisted us with clarification on one of the dishes. We were encouraged by the small menu - small menu done well - what could be better? The reality was disappointing. When we saw humus on the menu there was much excitement - one of our favourite dishes. What came was inedible - wrong texture, wrong flavor and by our reckoning without the key ingredient of tahini. Even though we sent it back effectively untouched, there was no adjustment for this on the final bill. The Milanesa was good. Unfortunate that the salmon also had to be sent back due to lack of cooking. When it returned it was still a little underdone but by then hunger had taken over and it was eaten. Always prefer to have food served on a warm plate and all components at the same temperature. This was not the case. The desert of chocolate fondant tower with ice cream was also disappointing. Good news was that Dada was just four doors from our apartment - at least the walk home was perfect.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This was a good off the beaten track local restaurant. I simply wanted a good steak for lunch and that is precisely what I got. Dada has a very nice atmosphere and is filled mainly with locals catching a bite to eat for lunch. The service is friendly, relaxed and attentive. All the food that came out of the kitchen seemed to be very good quality and was certainly enough to satisfy anyones hunger. Overall this was a good restaurant which I would recommend. The steak was very good but not exceptional compared to other Argentinian steaks, which is the reason for 4 out of 5.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Really good place - excellent waitress spoke good english. Lomo Meditterean was like a giant tournedos rossini, and cooked to perfection. Lomo Dada maybe had too much sauce. Great atmosphere in a tiny little venue - highly recommended

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Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

read the reviews and decided to go, when we arrived I didn't quite tought it was a good idea because of how the place looks, but believe me, it is one of the best meals I' ve had in a long time, chicken fricasse was freaking awesome, and for dessert a wonderful dulce de leche volcano, super-friendly service, seriously thinking of kidnapping the freakin' chef!

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