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).
|Venue name:||Buen Ayre||Contact:|
50 Broadway Market
|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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Average User Rating
4.8 / 5
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- 4 star:2
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- 1 star:3
Just the best priced for the quality of Argentinan steaks offered. Simple, but friendly service. Located in a great part of Hackney as well, with lots of great nearby bars.
Friendly staff, good wine and AMAZING STEAK! The garlic chips are unbelievably tasty too. I would eat here every night, if I could. Better than Gaucho and Hawksmoor put together.
The staff at Buen Ayre are always welcoming, helpful and friendly. The food is and has always been consistently amazing.
Best tasting steak in London at a price that doesn't break the bank. Lovely rustic setting with great sides and wine. Ticks every box for me (although if I am being awkward I would like mashed potato as a side option)
I've never had a bad meal here - in fact every meal here has been exceptional. It's me and my husband's absolute favourite place to eat for a date night. The blue cheese butter is worth being fat for. Adore!
Fantastic place, food and People!!! Only one visit is worth a journey from Sweden. Love the ambient!
Incredible food, great atmosphere and friendly staff. Half the price of usual steak houses but no sacrifice on the quality of the food.
The best steak I ever had in my life!!!
Please note I'm Brazilian and this is an Argentinian restaurant. If you're not aware, we like to compete in everything, including bbq. So that means a lot coming from a Brazilian! Haha.
I visit the place at least once a week and they never disappointed, always great service, they get the order spot on time and time again and even though they get very busy they always make space.
A great night out and fantastic food.
The go to restaurant for family and friends . Totally full of superb meat and excellent chips
Its been a favorite of mine for the last ten years, and continues to bring great food, no pretention and true Argentinian spirit.
Top quality meat, prepared deliciously, for a fairly reasonable price. A variety of lovely Argentinian wines, palm hearts for starters an dulce de lece pancakes for desert, what else can one want?! Highly recommended!
The best place in London, not just for Argentinians, but for meat lovers. And the attention is more than great.
An Argentine restaurant with great vegetarian and vegan options..? It's worth turning up for the aubergine starter alone!!
Excellent quality of food and wine, truly Argentinian, with a good choice for vegetarian (so you can actually bring your vegetarian friends to this place and they will be happy!), amazing staff!
I LOVE this restaurant for its simplicity, honesty and authenticity, and most of all for its fabulous steaks. Nothing fancy, but a great atmosphere always, a proper understanding of Argentine food, good wine, and very good staff.
The true amazing flavours of Argentina, cooked to perfection and on a friendly and charming environment, full of carácter.
From the steak to the chimichurri to the wine to the staff - everything so authentic and special. One of my most favourite place to visit
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.
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.
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
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!