FOOD & DRINK
Argentina Grill review
Words by Nathan Irvine
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Walking through The Pointe to get to the Argentina Grill on a Thursday evening felt odd. What is usually a place that’s bustling with energy felt flat, with multiple restaurants almost entirely empty. Obviously, Covid has impacted the F&B industry and this was our first experience of it in a while. But Argentina Grill was different. It was packed in the terrace area with tables filling up inside too - an outlier at a time when those around it are struggling. It was actually pleasing to see that this steakhouse was so lively.
For a brief moment, it felt like things were back to normal. Or as “normal” as perspex screens creating socially distanced tables can be. Argentina Grill was easily the busiest of its neighbours. And it’s no wonder really, consider the range of delectable meats it serves up.
Argentinian fare is known for being hearty and delicious - something the kitchen of Argentina Grill delivers well. From the tasty salt encrusted pimientos fritos (fried mini peppers) to the show-stopping bife de Costilla (800g dry-aged, bone-in steak) the menu is stacked with delights.
One of highlights was how well the charring was handled. Now, you might think that adding a bit of crispness to food is a straightforward affair for a steakhouse, but you’d be surprised by how often venues over do it. Not at Argentina Grill, mind, where even the mixed vegetables side dish has a perfect char that elevates the flavour and texture.
Although giving is their game, it’s always worth going off piste to see how skilled the chefs are at a restaurant. The very Italian pasta con trufa (truffle pasta) was the test on this occasion, which Argentina Grill passed in style. The creamy tagliatelle hit the spot nicely with just the right amount of rich ingredients used to create a balanced and flavoursome dish.
By the time the desserts rolled around, the recommended tarta helada de lucuma (fruity cheesecake and sorbet), our hunger was well satisfied. But this light pairing was easy on both the palate and our stomachs - an ideal end to a great meal then.
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