Buen Ayre in Hackney was the first Argentine charcoal grill restaurant in the UK, and has become the ‘thinking person’s steak restaurant’.
It’s rare that I get to review a restaurant ‘hot off the press’. No celebrity or Michelin star openings for this reviewer. I’m not cool enough.
Sometimes places surprise you. When my friend offered to buy me dinner I was excited. When she mentioned it was at a Marriott hotel, I was less so.
I mean really, have you ever had dinner at Gaucho or the Hawksmoor and not had steak left over? Whether you bring it home or not might be the better question.
With a sunny weekend ahead, I needed inspiration, even though grilling season really only just began.
Every Londoner knows about Smithfield’s carnivorous heritage. With the 800 year-old meat market at its heart, and a history enriched by a reputation for hosting the greatest cloth fairs, lavish jousting tournaments and even the odd execution of heretic.
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Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest. Le Relais de Venise embodies that spirit by taking a formula that has worked in Paris for more than 50 years, where customers come to enjoy one meal: a green salad with walnuts dressed with mustard vinaigrette followed by steak frites, served with a secret sauce.
Argentina inspires emotion. The home of the tango, Eva Peron and Che Guevara - not to mention Diego and his Hand of God - this is a country positively dripping in passion.
Going out with your work mates can be a challenge. Going drinking is easy. You just pick the bar that is the least offensive to the majority of the imbibers. That’s how All Bar One, Corney and Barrow and other chains operate - by offering a safe, if not slightly boring, environment. Dining with your colleagues is different.