Constancia Argentine Grill

Critics' choice
© Ed Marshall
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.

 

Venue name: Constancia Argentine Grill
Contact:
Address: 52 Tanner Street
London
SE1 3PH
Opening hours: Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Meals served 1.30-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Bermondsey tube or London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Main courses £9.75-£25

Average User Rating

4.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 1 star:1
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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!!