Constancia Argentine Grill

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Venue says: "Now open for lunch with a great menu! The tastiest Patagonian lamb as a daily special! Get 10% off your lunch by mentioning Time Out offer!"
Bermondsey

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.

 

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Constancia Argentine Grill says
Constancia is an independent, family-run Argentine grill and steak house, located in the middle of Bermondsey's former tannery and leather district.

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.
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Venue name: Constancia Argentine Grill
Contact:
Address: 52 Tanner Street
London
SE1 3PH
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 12:00 - 15:30 & 18:00 - 22:30 Sat 12:00 - 22:30 Sun 12:00 - 21:30
Transport: Tube: Bermondsey tube or London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.75-£25

Average User Rating

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Carolina

This restaurant is great, the empandas are yummy and the owner is there to look after you and recommend you steaks and salads from the menu, making it a very personal experience. Not that busy, but reasonably priced and good wines.

JCF

Very Disappointing. The place seems to run by students. The steaks look impressive but they DONT have any flavor! I don't eat with salt but I had to add plenty of the white stuff in order to get some flavor. £60 each bill, don't bother, go to Gaucho up the road, you will be so pleased. #neveragain

LovingFood

I went there with my boyfriend and another couple and the food was just a dream!! We all had steak and a few starters as well as desserts and everything was just tasty. We had a really nice waitress, she also told us that we should not order as many sides as we planned to do as it would be already enough for the 4 of us. How often do you meet a waitress that is so honest and customer oriented? And she was right at the end! All in all we had a wonderful evening, we spent nearly 3 hours there, spend a lot of money but it was really worth every penny. We will come back!

Bubble girl

I think the place is great!!! Great service and food, im going back as soon as i can!!! Love it!!