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 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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4.4 / 5

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Having an Argentine partner he is very discerning about his steaks. As a result we have tried most steak restaurants in which he has left more than unimpressed (Gaucho grill and CAU included in this list). 

This is the only restaurant we have sampled which has the real Argentine grill in which leavers are used to ensure the meat is cooked at the proper temperature. The empanadas are good and so is the provoleta (you get provoleta with the main meal but I could never get enough melted cheese).

The place shines when you order the Parillada delux, in which my boyfriend states is as close as you can get to the real argentine BBQ experience in London. As they serve you a selection of meats, now if we were to be purists it would been better for them to bring it out in batches, however this might cause timing constraints. 

We had the dulce de leche flan for desert, again lovely, and you leave stuffed!!!! 

It is a laid back atmosphere and I would come here more frequently if I did not live is south west London. However if you do live in south west London, I would say this place is worth travelling accross London for!


This is my favourite place for steaks! Occasional Hawksmoor is amazing too, but if you want a chilled out atmosphere and prefer to stay/live around East, then this is it. 

My usual order for two is as follows:

Starter: 2 Empanadas

Main: Parillada Deluxe for sharing, usually switch one of the steaks for fillet. Fillet cooked rare and the other cooked medium rare (the small grill it comes on can usually cook the steak for you if you'd like it cooked more). Parillada also comes with pork sausage- probably the best sausage you will ever taste! Melted provolone cheese is best when slightly caramelised on the grill. And finally the black pudding- so creamy and so tasty!

A side of PAPAS FRITAS A LA PROVENZAL is a must!

Wine: They have an extensive list Argentine wines, my favourite is a bottle of Privada.

Dessert: By this time, you really don't want to stuff yourself with anything else because you are satisfied and so full! BUT if you still have space- their pancakes with dolce de leche is incredible!

Perfect when you reaaally have that steak-craving in a relaxed atmosphere. Service is also one of the best I've experienced in London!

Sara C

The most authentic Argentinian steak house in London.  The food is good honest and flavoursome and the service charming.  The wine list is worth the visit alone.  Highly recommended.

Mike J

I stayed on a Gaucho ranch in Argentina, where I had some of the best steak i've ever had. Buen Ayre is the only place I have found since that comes even close to that. I love the fact you have to book weeks in advance, I love the fact it's small and quirky, and I love the cheeky, fun staff, but most of all I love the quality Argentinian steak they do. As a professional rugby player, I eat a lot of meat, and have been to a few more famous steak places, but Buen Ayre blows them out the water. Fantastic place, even better food. 


very nice place quality food worth a try .

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Great Steak, good service and great atmosphere, not cheap but good price for a quality steak.


The only thing this place has going for it is a cool sounding name and a great location. Don't be sucked into it. Horrible service on the three occasions I've been, one woman in particular is incredibly ignorant and non-chalant, and for the prices it's plain unacceptable. You have to chase the waiters down for a drink. As for the food, the steaks are average (sirloin was flavourless which is usually an oxymoron for that cut. Don't waste your money, you will feel cheated.


Odd vibes on these reviews. Great vibes at buen ayre. I guess the polarising issue is cash. You will pay £25 per person on pure meat. You can pay as much as you like on malbec. Took my Dad here for his birthday and he loved it. So will you. If you're reading this you're clearly tempted, so stop wasting your life and go beef up

Maria F

Was there for dinner 9 months ago, was there today for lunch. Best Argentinean food, and it is not just about the bare steak on a plate: Parrillada, berenjena al escabeche, empanadas, CHORIPAN! Super nice staff, super nice atmosphere, great music! Tastes and feels like home!


Went to Buen Ayre for the 2nd time last night and still cannot fault the place. My steak was done to perfection, as was my girlfriend's, and the chips were sublime! We used to frequent Gauchos as our little Argentine getaway, but got tired of the extortionate prices and variable quality of meat. If you're looking for a beautifully cooked steak in a nice atmosphere with helpful waiters (who let you get on with your meal, rather than hanging on your shoulder all evening), go to this restaurant!


We took a couple of friends, who were visiting London for the weekend, to Buen Ayre. I had read good reviews about the food and I had to book 2 weeks in advance to get a table. So I was expecting a good evening and delicious Argentinian steak. What a disappointment! The first thing at struck me was the sheer foul mouthedness of the staff. It was "eff-ing" this and "c-ing" that between themselves - and making comments about customers and their orders - eg references to the kebab looking like a big d**do. I'm not hispanic, but having lived in Barcelona for a good number of years, I understand both Catalan and Castillian very well. Perhaps there were some cultural references I didn't understand, but I doubt that this language would have been used had we been obviously Spanish. The food was nothing to write home about, and the huge steak dishes could only be described as average. I seriously doubted that it was Argentinian beef, at all. I certainly have had a much better steak at the Cat and Mutton. If I am paying over £70 a head for a two course meal with wine, I expect to have a clean knife and fork with each course; and not to be made to feel as though the staff are doing me a favour by allowing me to visit their venue. Overall, it is an average restaurant serving average food by poor staff. Needless to say that we have not gone back, as there are many more and much better places to eat in Broadway Market. Best to be avoided.


Very friendly staff and the food is just amazing.. Would definitely recommend it

Rachel cleverton

We went last night for a friend's birthday. The food was great, the staff were friendly and dimmed the lights, brought the cake out and got the whole restaurant singing happy birthday. Best service and steak ever!


Highly recommended. I heard about the restaurant here and have now made the long trip from south west london quite a few times in the past year to have dinner at Buen Ayre. The first two times I went, we ordered the parrilladas. Those are fun, especially if you're with someone who hasn't been to an Argentine place before. Last time we went, I wanted to try the fillet so just ordered a single steak with chips on the side. It was the best, biggest and juiciest steak I've had in London. All the meat tastes even better with the chimichurri sauce (they give you in a little cup on the side). The chips are great too, especially if you get them with the garlic and parsley topping, which is heavy on the garlic if you're into that. Service was good every time. Very unpretentious atmosphere. We will be going back again soon.


I´ve obviously had a very different experience than some of the reviews below, I have been to Buen Ayre quite a few times now, and always thought that the food, the atmosphere and the staff were SUPERB. That´s why I keep going back! Every time I get visitors, family or friends and want to show them what a real Argentina "parrilla" is like, I keep choosing that restaurant over all others to take them to. Considering that good quality meat is not cheap in the UK, I´ve always felt the food there was very fairly priced. And the atmosphere is great, and the staff certainly extremely friendly!! In sum, I love it!


WOW! BEST STEAK I'VE HAD IN MY LIFE! HEAVEN!!!! I would defo recommend it and will come back very soon Super cool, thank you for being at Broadway Market...!!! :D

martine meulert

went with my friends from marseille and we had dinner in the backyard, with the candles and a very nice wine ! the waitress was lovely ( she had been to marseille actually ! ). they give you bread with butter and english cheese as free starter.then we had 4 churrasco, and one bowl of french fries. you dont need salad coz the churrasco come with free salad and Chimichurry sauce. also I had Flan with the Dulce de Leche !


Robbed. Go to the supermarket and buy cheap steak that nobody wants, cook it badly and get your neighbour around to be rude to you; that's the experience you are looking at. Poor food, poor service - overpriced (chips for a fiver - although they were the highlight) Worst of all, they didn't even care.