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Che Argentine Grill

Che Argentine Grill
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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Special occasions
Food
Argentinian, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

Food

Situated in the trendy hub of Maboneng district and set in a rustic restaurant space, Che Argentine Grill bagged a highly commended award in the Best Steakhouse category of the 2016 Eat Out Mercedes Benz Best Everyday Eateries. It is, without doubt, a meat lover’s dream, says Eat Out critic Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine.

If it’s your first visit, a great entry point into the meaty menu is the parrillada (mixed grill) for two or four people. Charred on a wood-fired grill and served with your choice of salads, vegetables and/or ‘cheeky fritas’ (thinner-than-ordinary fries), generous cuts of pork belly, chicken, and rump are plated up for you to sample.

The meat is prepared simply, allowing its true flavours to be the hero – so you won’t find basting or sticky sauces here. What you will get, however, is a side sauce of Che’s home-made chimichurri (cilantro, garlic, parsley and oregano) that you’ll want to pour over everything.

Starters include a selection of platters for sharing. The Picada De Campo, for example, features Italian-style salami, olives and cheese. And then there’s the very rich Provoleta, which is the trademark Argentine smoked provolone cheese served with pepper and salsa, tomato, red onion and parsley. Also delicious is the ossobucco (marrow bone) served with toasted garlic bread.

Definitely try the empanadas, for which Che garnered a following at Maboneng’s Market on Main. The filling options range from chopped beef, onion and red pepper to ham, mozzarella and oregano.

If you’re there for lunch, try the pork belly or rump steak served with salad or chips for R85.

Still have room for dessert? Try the flan, the very light pancakes, churros with ice cream, or the cremoso, which is a yoghurt dessert with white chocolate mousse.

Drinks

There’s a great selection of local wine, but it’s best to let your waiter suggest an Argentine malbec or shiraz to complement your mains.

Service

Service is quick and efficient. Waiters know the menu inside and out and are confident enough to recommend certain dishes.

Ambience

Even though it’s set in a rustic, slightly industrial-look space, complete with lace curtains, long wooden tables, mismatched chairs, and projected images of early Argentina on one wall, there’s a certain easy elegance you experience when dining here. It’s almost as if you’re part of a group who are in on the best-kept secret in town.

And…

Phone ahead to find out when Che is hosting live bands. The private dining room upstairs, which seats around 20-25 guests, can be reserved for functions.

(July 2017)

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User reviews

  • Good food, great service and an even better Ambience with their heritage from Argentina comes through in the cuisine and decor. I’ll be back soon for more😋
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  • Amazig place, great ambience, unbelieve meat
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  • The food is good, if not amazing. Much as you might expect , although proper vegetables not creamed spinach and butternut is a nice surprise. Wine list good. Great decor.Anntentive staff. Worth a visit. I would gladly encourage my friends to visit this steakhouse.
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  • Terrible experience, hassle back potatoes bland and undercooked, pork belly (rasher) poor and Fillet Steak had gone off, with the manager unable to taste problem. Would never go back.
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  • Okay, so we waited a bit for a waiter to adopt our table, but from that moment onwards our experience at Che just improved. A relaxed, yet busy atmosphere, with the usual Argentinian tunes in the background. Open fires create expectation. Try the empanadas, and share a few sides with your choice of meat. I was very impressed with their food. Service can definitely be improved, but it didn't spoil our evening.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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