I also don't understand why they only offer one red wine by the glass. Lots of people don't want to order a whole bottle and we are used to having at least 3-5 wines by the glass in restaurants these days.
It didn't feel special at all and it's nowhere near as good as Gaucho Grill, who I still think offer an example of service that few others can match.
All in all very poor.
We were seated right next to the sliding toilet door - not a huge problem, but the door was either left open by the constant stream of users or banging off its hinges.
I had the 8oz sirloin, which was excellent. Cooked just right and very thick and juicy. The chips are really good and the grilled red peppers with garlic were tasty.
But, why serve excellent food on a cold plate? - I have got into the habit of always checking for hot plates and boosting my mental score of the place if the plate is hot. My steak was decidedly cool by the time I go to the last 1/4 of it.
Other bits: try the Argentinian beer - very nice.
I will be back, but I really hope someone from Constancia reads this and moves the stack of clean plates next to the hot grill!
Service was OK - waited at least 5 minutes before being offered a drink. Then the waiter got our order wrong (hadn't read back our order, so there was a misunderstanding).
Not as good as Gaucho Grill.
The ribeye is the steak to go for, the more expensive Bife de Chorizo was a little tough for sirloin to be honest, but the ribeye was perfect. Apparently the steak also comes from Argentina, but maybe a they suffer a small amount in a vacuum bag in transit.
In any case, it's pretty good stuff, and the chips are very nice, crispy and fluffy, and they use nice oil with no aftertaste. Use of raw garlic on the sala id OK, but maybe they need to fry it off a little lol! Wine was well priced, predominately Malbec (the perfect combination) and ours at around 14 nicker was good stuff.
All this set in a cool but not overbearing atmosphere with at least 2 waiters from Beunos Aires, and you get a nice addition to SE1.
On the plus side the steaks were fantastic; cooked to perfection and plenty of it. The sides (chips and tomato & onion salad for us) were enough to keep a family of four happy and the chips were that perfect mix of crispy outer & fluffy inside :-)
On the down side the mixed platter of italian meats & cheeses was a big let down. Finally arrived after a 45min wait and turned-out to be a small bowl of cheese cubes and a few slices of salami together with a double helping of ready salted crisps.
Staff were friendly enough and overall atmosphere was ok but have to admit that we were both feeling a bit jaded after the poor start so we were probably not in the best frame of mind. Luckily the quality of steaks help recover things and we'll definitely be back... just might leave it a few weeks until things settle down.
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