Argentinian Steak

One of the biggest highlights of visiting Buenos Aires was getting to try the famous Argentinian steaks. We asked around and were given a handful of good steakhouses. We were able to try two of them, both in the Puerto Madero area.

The first one we tried was Estilo Campo. We were told it was a very good steakhouse but lower priced than most.

Estilo Campo in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Estilo Campo

We had a group of three that all ordered the same steak – bife de chorizo – with a side of mashed potatoes and Caesar salad. I had mine medium rare. It was one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten.

Bife de chorizo at Estilo Campo in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bife de chorizo

Bife de chorizo at Estilo Campo in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Bife de chorizo

We enjoyed a nice Argentinian Malbec with the steak. I chose the Noble Baron 2008 from Mendoza. I’m no wine expert but it was a very high quality wine.

Noble Baron Malbec at Estilo Campo in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Noble Baron Malbec

We also ordered dessert which wasn’t that great. Josh and I each had a brownie à la mode while Yvette had a crème brulée. Neither were very good. Skip dessert here.

We split the cost in three and it all came out to about US$60 each. That’s amazing considering the amount and quality of food we ate. Service was also very friendly and attentive.

The second steakhouse we tried was Cabaña Las Lilas. This was a little more of an upscale place than Estilo Campo, but were still able to get a table wearing shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops. Mike ordered the filet mignon, Yvette and I ordered the ojo de bife (rib eye), and Josh got the Wagyu rib eye. My steak was rare and it was excellent. The others enjoyed their steaks, but Josh thought his Wagyu was a little too fatty.

Ojo de bife at Las Lilas in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ojo de bife

Ojo de bife at Las Lilas in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ojo de bife

The meal came with some starters of salmon, beef, mushroom patê, and bread. We ordered sides of mushrooms, mashed potatoes, and corn. All were very good. We also had a bottle of organic biodynamic Malbec, Buenalma from Mendoza. It was very good but I enjoyed the Noble Baron more. We opted not to try the dessert, but were all eyeing the panqueques con dulce de leche. We split the check which came out to about US$85 each.

Buenalma Malbec at Las Lilas in Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenalma Malbec

We all agreed that the overall experience was better at Las Lilas, but the steak was better at Estilo Campo. There was no dress code for either place. We all got in with shorts or jeans and a t-shirt.

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