Revisiting one of my all time favourites - San Telmo. Fine dining, rowdiness and great food all in one place. Lets see if this testament to Argentinian food has stood the state of time.
The restaurant is busy from the get go so get in early and ALWAYS have a booking. The open kitchen and general playfulness of the restaurant make it so welcoming and perfect for a fun night out. Be aware it isn't the quietest place so private conversations are off the menu at this place.
First up for our entrees we had Tartar (O'Connor's flank tartare, egg yolk, chapa) and Mejilla de Cerdo (Braised Berkshire pork jowl with crackling). Both were very meaty dishes and filling but packed full of flavour and spices that took me back right back to Europe. The tartare is smooth and pure beef, unlike the french version which is quite creamy. The pork jowl was simply fattening but mouthwatering. I would say it is the epitome of indulgence. A MUST TRY.
For mains we shared the Entrana (O'Connor's premium pasture fed flank steak) which was cooked to perfection - medium rare with a perfect sear. The Argentinians/Spanish really know how to cook their steak. On the side we had the Papas (Crushed potato, olives, parsley and garlic aioli) which was so crispy that I thought it was a triple cooked chip for a second. Droolworthy.
Though we didn't have it this time I've had the Flan (Dulce de leche crème caramel with salted peanut praline) and Alfajor (Argentine cookie filled with dulce de leche). Both are great and I highly recommend having a bit of each especially if you're a fan of caramel.
I never thought you could go wrong with a night out at San Telmo - and its proven me right once again and I couldn't be happier for it :)
Presentation (5): 4
Taste (5): 5
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 4