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Fans of Argentinean steak house will want to check out this top 10 guide to the best Argentine restaurants in London. This South American niche cuisine has been growing in popularity across London over the last few years with the sweeping meat crazy that you and all those around you have adopted. If it's meaty (and probably beef), an Argentine restaurant will be grilling it somewhere in London. And let's not forget about the big, bold South American partner to steak: the Malbec wine. Two of life's best treats all readily available at London's best Argentinean restaurants.
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Marylebone / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
This is the first joint venture from renowned Argentine chef Diego Jacquet and restaurateur Alberto Abbate. Diego Jacquet has worked in a string of top restaurants including El Bulli in Spain. Despite the exclusive location on Connaught Street, the restaurant has a friendly and homely vibe; there's an ornate dresser as you arrive and there's a back conservatory overlooking gardens and a children's playground. The kitchen aims to offer simple and honest food exploring various key regions from the Pampas to Mendoza. Their superb steaks as well as their other dishes aim to highlight the richness of their culinary heritage.
Marylebone / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
Run by renowned Argentine chef Diego Jacquet, Zoilo is a showcase of the finest of Argentine food and wine in the UK. It is located in Marylebone, Central London. The main design is a long seated bar on the ground floor and a fully open kitchen downstairs. They also have a beautiful private dining room next to the open kitchen. Its main emphasis is on small plates rather than larger dishes, so guests can try more of the cuisine. The wine list is all Argentinian with much offered by the carafe.
Mayfair / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
Part of the incredibly successful Gaucho group of restaurants, the Piccadilly branch of this steak house is tucked away in the quiet pedestrianised section of Swallow Street near Piccadilly Circus. They offer a wide range of Argentine delights, but the highlight here is undoubtedly their beef steak. The waiter comes and explains in detail which cut is best suited to your taste. All their beef comes from carefully selected farms in Argentina with the cows fed on premium Pampas. All their food is carefully sourced and they have one of the most extensive wine menus of any restaurants in London.
Blackheath & Eltham / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
CAU Blackheath is part of the restaurant group that offers contemporary cuisine inspired by the vibrancy, colour and cultural diversity of Buenos Aires. CAU's uncomplicated, all day menu features steaks, burgers and sandwiches as well as a tempting selection of moreish comfort food, such as pasta, fish and salads, fusing Italian and Spanish influences with a distinctive Buenos Aires twist.
Santa Maria del Sur
Battersea / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
Co-owner Alberto Abbate knows a thing or two about Argentine food having had a hand in restaurants like Zoilo and Casa Malevo. The restaurant is decorated tastefully with raw bricks and warm coloured wood. Pictures of bulls on the wall make no mistake that this is a restaurant for meat lovers. The steaks here are well known to be flavoursome, lean and juicy accompanied by perfectly cooked chips. They have a wide selection of wines, but their house wine, a beefy Malbec go extremely well with their world famous steaks.
Whitechapel & Wapping / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
At CAU in St Katharine Docks near the Tower of London, grass-fed Argentinian beef is prominent on the all-day menu, but it also includes twice-cooked pork belly, fresh market fish and a moreish chicken salad amongst other dishes that are influenced by the melting pot that is Buenos Aires. CAU is not your everyday high street restaurant, from the quality of the fresh produce, daily on-site preparation of all elements, to the design and fit out of the restaurant and kitchen (a coal fired oven forms the center piece of the CAU kitchen) to the CAU own brand wines.
The Bull Steak Expert
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
Situated close to Gray's Inn, City of London, this delightful two-storey boutique restaurant offers the best Argentine beef and specialties such as the sausage platter with Argentine chorizo, morcilla and romero pepper. The steak is carefully prepared by Master Griller Daniel Veron, who has had over five decades of experience including acting as a consultant for the Gaucho group. They also have an extensive wine collection to match their steaks with a particular strong selection from Argentina, especially robust red wines from the Mendoza region. The décor is red and black and goes suitable well with the overall Argentine vibe.
Hackney / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
In the laid back atmosphere of Broadway Market is chef and proprietor John Patrick Rattagan's answer to the casual neighbourhood Argentine Grill. It's a no frills, simply furnished single room experience with the sizzling parrillada grill as the centrepiece. Portion sizes are chunky from the pampas-reared beef to even their chips. All their wines are exclusively from Argentina and competitively priced. The restaurant has been frequented by well-known faces from actresses like Keira Knightley to footballers like Carlos Tévez. They often have art exhibitions going on at the same time in the restaurant.
City of London / Restaurant / Cuisine: Steak House
One of an eight strong chain of restaurants, specialising in steak and reportedly offering 'the ultimate Argentine experience', this Argentine restaurant near Mansion House is all about the beef. Think of a happy free cow roaming the pampas, and then look down at the juicy steak and enjoy. A good selection of cocktails and wine, at not too high a price, means that it may have a city location but avoids being a 'City' restaurant. Enjoy.
Angel & Islington / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Argentinean
Garufa is so authentically Argentinian that the person in charge of the restaurant's website keeps on forgetting that they are writing for an English audience and descends into Spanish at random. La Camida, sorry, I mean the food, is unsurprisingly heavy on the steaks but there is a bit more variety in the starters with empanadas, and Mancilla (black pudding). The three chefs who have come together to create Garufa have an impeccable Argentinian pedigree, having grown up in various region of Argentina before coming to the UK for your dining pleasure, and if you can't trust a steak from a real Argentinian, who can you trust?
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