Buen Ayre Restaurant Review: Argentinian Steak Restaurant in Hackney

Mar 16

Buen Ayre Review: Buen Ayre restaurant review hackney

You’ll find Buen Ayre on the uber-trendy super-foodie Broadway Market, just off of London Fields. It’s an Argentinian steak restaurant with a genuine Argentine in the kitchen – chef John Patrick Rattagan.

Decor & Atmosphere – 6/10

Inside Buen Ayre is surprisingly small, with around 10 tables, so booking is essential on the busier nights of the week. We went on a Sunday night and the majority of tables were reserved. Presumably for east London party goers that needed a serious protein boost after a weekend of less than healthy exploits. Well that’s why we were there anyway. The decor is simple but pleasant with a few large colourful prints on the walls and wooden chairs and tables. The atmosphere is buzzing but not too much so.

Food – 5/10

The menu is fairly small, offering a few traditional starters like Empanadas (Argentinian pasties) and Provoleta (grilled Argentinian cheese) and then all the steak and Argentinain sausage dishes for the main event. We went for Berenjena al escabeche (preserved aubergine) to start, which was sweet and vinegary with a touch a spice – something fresh to cleanse the palet before the impending meat feast.

Pushing the boat out, we had the most extravagant platter on the menu, the Parrillada Deluxe which comes with a 14oz Sirloin steak, 11oz Rib-eye, two Argentine-style pork sausages, black pudding and the provolone cheese. Gluttinous. The steaks were cooked exactly to our specification and had a chargrilled flavour to them. However, the Rib-eye was very greasy (I know that’s kind of the point, but the fatty bits hadn’t melted as much as I’d have liked) and the black pudding a little greasy too. I’ve definitely had better steaks in London. The sausages were tasty but it was disappointing that all this meat didn’t come with any grilled vegetables to break things up. There are salads on the menu, but we hadn’t ordered any as we were expecting some kind of respite with the platter.

Garlic and parsley chips were average too, a little too much crunch on the outside and not enough soft potato on the inside, and the chimmichurri sauce had too much vinegar in it and not enough garlic.

Service – 8/10

Service at Buen Ayre was great. We were seated quickly and given very knowledgeable answers to all of our questions. We weren’t rushed (despite their strict first and second sittings policy) and dishes were brought to us with a smile. Drinks were served promptly after ordering and courses were brought in good time but not too quickly.

Price – 6/10

I’ve had better steak for the price, but the wine list had some reasonable variations of Argentinian Malbec on it. A steak platter for two, 1 starter, 1 side and a bottle of red cost £90.

Verdict – 6.25 / 10

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