Friday, 5 March 2010

Buen Ayre

Argentinean steaks are the best in the world. That's a fact. Argentineans are not known for their bashfulness, but when they tell you this they are not just showing off. I have been meaning to write about this place for ages. Buen Ayre is good, really good. And I am not even much of a meat eater. I suggest you kick off with empanadas (kind of mini South American pasties) to share as you don't want to spoil your inevitably enormous main course. You can't go wrong with any of these which are basically lomo (fillet), churrasco (sirloin), or parrillada (mixed grill) – although I wouldn't bother with the vegetarian options. Don't forget to order chips for a side and a portion of delicious, spicy chimicurri sauce - here's the chef's recipe, should you be inspired to make it at home. Wash it all down with a beer from Cuba, Belgium, Peru, Spain, or stick to the Argentine theme and order a Quilmes beer or a smooth Malbec from the long and purely Argentinean wine list, perhaps followed by a trago (shot) of a South American spirit. Buen Ayre really is a little piece of Argentina in Broadway Market and, as they say themselves: 'the one and only' – there are no others. Just make sure you book and arrive hungry.