One of the things I have been most looking forward to is eating the legendary meat in Argentina! And already, I can see menus are dominated by all kinds of grilled meats.
First dining experience was the with my small tour group (15) at the Buenos Aires Grill in Recoleta near our hotel.
I decided to go all meat on meat with this experience, choosing the Chorizo y Morcilla Bambon to start. One link of chorizo sausage (unbelievably moist and delicious), and one link of blood sausage. I have never had that before, and as I ordered it, the waiter told our guide, “she is the only lady to order that, I don’t know if she will like it!” As it turns out, it wasn’t my favourite, but I ate most of it as a spread on bread and that made it more palatable for me.
Second course was 1/2 Bife de Chorizo – basically a steak I ordered medium (Apunto). I impressed the waiter by adding that little “Apunto” to my order. All of us who chose steak agreed it was one of the best steaks we have ever eaten! I spread some of the great dips with it – chimichurri, chile and garlic/peppers – all so tasty!
The grilling technique in Argentina is unique, and the reason the meat is so great here. At this restaurant, the grill is in the centre and the meat cooks slowly on the sides. The flame never touches the meat (unlike our grills back home). Fascinating and fun to watch!
Our last course was a wonderful lemon ice cream (more like an icy sorbet) – with the sprig of mint on top it reminded me of a mojito (not a bad thing at all).
As most of the ladies left, I stayed behind with a couple of new friends and our guide Kris. We finished up our wine, and were surprised with a piece of chocolate and champagne by our waiter (for being so awesome of course). I had a LOT of fun on this first night, and really enjoyed the food. Apparently the food experiences are going to just get better and better as we move down to Patagonia!