The well-known empanadas (Argentinian homemade pies), which could easily make a whole meal, offer a variety of fillings: 100% beef and red peppers; free-range chicken and spices; ham and mozzarella; and mozzarella, basil and tomato. Ordering from the entradas (starters) is recommended. In fact, a visit is incomplete without trying the provoleta, a decadent Argentinian smoked provolone cheese, served on a pesto sauce with pepper and salsa criolla and the grilled chorizo, which pops in your mouth, filling it with flavours of paprika, parsley and pepper, and served with a tomato salsa.
Naturally, the main attraction is the meat, which is sourced from the Midlands in KwaZulu-Natal. Simply and lovingly cooked on the grill with coarse salt, the meat offering includes short ribs cooked on the spit for four hours, rib eye, and fillet steak on the bone. But really worth trying is the Aranita steak. Known as prime meat and often reserved for the butcher, the spidery-looking cut comes from the inside hip and is as tender as it looks. Once you’ve tried it with chimichurri sauce on the side, you’ll want to take a whole bottle home, which you can for R65.
Do ask about the tapas menu for small plates of ceviche, grilled tuna and pork belly. On the dessert menu, the Flan del Rio de la plata is a chef’s special – a perfect portion of cream caramel served with the restaurant’s signature dulce de leche, a Latin-American speciality made from slowly heating sweetened milk.
The waitrons can recommend beautiful Malbec wines to complement your meat. Enquire about the cocktails – the mezcal margarita made with mezcal, Cointreau, chilli and lime juice is a great way to open up your palate.
Personalised and attentive service from both the owners and the waitrons.
It feels like a secret spot that no one except those in the know know about.
A mid-week dinner for two.
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Barbara Aubert Casas
One of my fabourite places in Johannesburg. The kitchen, the atmosphere, the wine and the service are amazing! Che has the perfect Argentine asado with a twist that makes it so worth it! Of course, the reasons for going to Che go beyond the food: the entire experience and the incredibly cool owners takes you straight back to Argentina! All in all, Che is an absolute must in the city.
Best place in Johannesburg. Food is really good, specially meat.
Beatiful place. I've heard Che is moving to another neighbourhood.
Oustading kitchen, perfect atmosphere, great service and the most amazing owners! Che has an authentic argentine asado but going there is much more than food, it's a fantastic experience that takes you straight to Argentina!
Love this place and the food is amazing! I really enjoyed the experience. I will come back for sure and I highly recommend it!
Experience an authentic Argentinian culinary adventure at Che. The ambience is amazing. I love that the clientele is so varied with many expats and we always seem to meet new people as well as enjoy the delicious food and cocktails. I always HAVE to have the empanadas- and as for the chimmichurri it’s the one and only. No other has even come close to Che’s. The owners are warm and friendly and all in all if you want excellent food and good company and a warm and friendly South American experience then this is the place for you to try. You won’t be disappointed.
My new favourite meat place in Joburg. I had empanedas as starter and they were deliciuos, but the "molleca" was really the best starter ever! Also the rib eye was amazing, tender and juicy. Loved the ambient. Authentic. Will go back for sure.
Muy buena la comida y el ambiente. Muy buen asado y el flan con dulce de leche. Cada tanto tienen buena música también:)
Che restaurant is outstanding, looking forward to there new spot , awesome vibe and food.... super staff aswell.....
Amazing place to try Argentine food! amazing the staff and the
ambient! Let the successes follow ! we wish to be there! and enjoy in che...
Loved it! Great food, great service, and great vibes. A Must have the empanada with red wine. Definitely a come back for me.
This is the place to go for fantastic meat.. The best Asado this side of the Atlantic!! The service is always friendly and welcoming. The Empanadas is a must and do try the Flan for dessert. They have some great Argentinian wine as well.
Fantastic place, the food, the attention of all the staff and the atmosphere cannot be better! My favorite place, no doubt:) Thanks Che
Fantastic restaurant. Held a party for 70 people, it was run smoothly and professionally despite a power outage for the evening and the main restaurant full. Have been many times and will keep going back to their new space. Well done Bernado. See you soon
My favourite restaurant in Johannesburg! Great atmosphere and succulent delicious food! The place to be!
Best argentine restaurant in South Africa. Excellent for meat lovers. You can have a dinner and see a wonderful show or live music.
Hi there. Very nice place, nice people, and excellent menú. I’d love to try those morcillas and chinchulines again. Be there soon indeed. Love you guys.
Consulate of Argentina
From the Argentine Consulate in South Africa we highly recommend the Che Argentine Grill. On serveral occasions members of this office have been delighted with the fantastic atmosphere and its delicious food. We are proud to continue supporting the success of this restaurant.
best meat the best people the best place . I’ll be back soon for more
Had an amazing experience, food was delicious, definitely coming back for the tastiest steak in town ;) I went on tango night show and with the ambience of the place all together it was like being out of joburg. highly recommend, looking forward to visit the new place.
We had the parrillada and it was the best meat we’ve ever had. The restaurant has a warm ambience that make’s you feel at home . Excellent service. We’ll come back soon!
I love the friendly and great quality service , the set up is unique! The food is worldclass. I will definitetly come back soon!
Loved the vibey, festive buzz and we were delighted with the warm welcome and excellent service that we received.
The steaks were beautifully cut and perfectly cooked, the sides yummy and all was presented attractively with fine attention to detail.
Thanks for a most memorable evening!