Buen Ayre

Restaurants , Argentinian South Hackney
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Broadway Market’s atmosphere of laid-back revelry should make it the perfect spot for Buen Ayre, chef-proprietor John Patrick Rattagan’s attempt to bring casual Argentinian meat feasting to London. The layout is right – one small room, simply furnished, with the asado grill the focus at its centre.

The beef on our ‘deluxe’ mixed grill (£53 for two, plus £4.50 for a side of above-average chips) certainly looked every charred, sticky inch the parrilla victim. Yet it didn’t elicit the gushing response that other steak specialists in the capital can. What felt more appropriate to the no-frills set-up (and service, it must be said) was breaking into the crumbly black pudding, scooping up the oregano-sprinkled provolone and pricking the excellent sausages.

Cheaper steaks are available, and one of those, the sweetbreads or a couple of chorizo would have suited our overall sense of the place better than that expensive parrilla. Wines are exclusively Argentinian, and desserts are the usual super-sweet selection, including assorted ice-creams, pancake with dulce de leche, and flan (crème caramel).


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Buen Ayre says
Buen Ayre is an Argentinean restaurant specialising in beef. Born in Buenos Aires, chef John Rattagan offers a concise choice of grilled steak dishes in a variety of cuts. A typical menu may include beef carpaccio, Argentine fillet steak, sharing dishes and authentic desserts.
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Venue name: Buen Ayre
Address: 50 Broadway Market
E8 4QJ
Opening hours: Mon to Fri Lunch: noon until 3pm Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm Sat and Sun Open all day, from 12pm to 10:30pm
Transport: Tube: London Fields rail or bus 26, 48, 55
Price: Main Courses: £13 - £26.50 Set Meal (noon-3pm, Mon-Fri) £9 2 Courses
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