It’s all set up so nicely for a steak joint, in theory. There’s the Tanner Street location, with its bovine connotations, while the ‘olde London’ Southwark atmosphere seems just right for meats grilled on an ancient-looking parrilla grill. Yet Constancia’s bland exterior, wedged beneath a modern residential block, accurately set the tone for the evening. Decor is as you’d expect from a homely Argentine restaurant: wood, raw brick, a few gaucho allusions (mounted horse head, lasso) and that hefty grill. With its chains, encrusted bars and blackened brick surround in plain view, it promises big flavours. Yet while a couple of chorizo criollos were fine (it’s hard to go wrong with sausage), an ojo de bife (ribeye) was stringy and light on flavour. Coming after appetisers of dry, shreddable serrano ham, and a basket of poor-quality sliced baguette, it was a deal breaker. Constancia charges less than many of its competitors, but that hardly makes it cheap – it would be worth raising prices by a few quid if the result was meat with that true Argentinian magic.
Doors opened for the first time in 2009 and we quickly gained a reputation for the excellent quality of our food, the friendly and attentive service, and the laid-back atmosphere. Our homemade empanadas are the most delicious you'll find in London and have been featured in Paul Hollywood's 'Pies & Puds' on the BBC.
Prime Argentine beef is cooked in an authentic charcoal parrilla delivering the most delicious, tender, and mouthwatering steaks you'll try. We are passionate about food and work with the noblest ingredients (many sourced from Borough Market). Our menu is not extensive but it includes Iberico pork chops and Patagonian lamb. Fresh salads and chunky chips adorned with garlic and parsley make addictive sides, and if you have room for dessert you won't be disappointed with, for example, our gooey homemade chocolate brownie with dulce de leche, which is as decadent an ending as you'd expect from a truly Argentinean restaurant.
We have an extensive list of Argentinean wines, which includes Malbecs of every region, and are a match made in heaven with our menu.
If you happen to be in Shoreditch you can find 'Constancia on the road', our vintage Citroen van serving the best steak sandwiches, sausage rolls, Quilmes beer, and wines from Bodega Escorihuela Gascon.