La Brigada, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This is THE land of meat and honey! With steak of legendary renown and, of course, the wine needs no introductions either. Buenos Aires is a city that absorbs you, falling more and more in love with it with each passing day. As far as the food is concerned, there is an eatery to suit every taste, but really, what one should be eating, is all matter of  the moo-cow, and there’s one restaurant that will put even Fergus Henderson to shame when nose to tail eating is concerned. La Brigada in the neighbourhood of San Telmo is full to the brim of locals who come here for the only offering on the menu – carne! Not to mention the astounding wine list of bottles from every bodega in the country. The restaurant too, is a delightfully cosy and comfortable space full of pictures and football memorabilia and extremely friendly waiters who carve the meat with a spoon (yes! a spoon – tender beef or sharp spoons? I think the first option is definitely the case!)

Lambs Feet
Kids sweetbread
Beef testicles

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Lambs feet  are definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but they definitely float my boat. There’s not a dot of meat on them – just cartilage and bone which thanks to long slow cooking has become gelatinous, soft and crunchy. A nice sharp dressing makes the whole affair a finger licking one.

Kid sweetbreads that came and went in a flash is all you need to know! A squeeze of lemon was in that equation too.

Beef testicles are surprisingly small! And lots of them! They’re like natural sausages, except with a very light, almost mousse like meat inside. Again, a squeeze of lemon and a clean plate followed.

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Morcilla
Beef

The Morcilla (black pudding) is another revelation Bursting open the sausage reveals another mousse like and creamy pudding inside that is laden with celery. I think I licked every last piece of it clean.

Not wanting to depart without trying a steak from the ridiculously extensive beef menu, this giant piece of meat, glazed in chorizo appeared before me. I couldn’t finish it, as I’m sure you would have guessed, but what they say about Argentinian beef is true!

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Overall experience: 8
Food: 7
Recommend you go: 8

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