Las Cañitas . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 70%
- Service 70%
- Food (Execution) 70%
- Creativity 80%
- Value 90%
Telephone: +54 911 4772-2133
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Burgers, Tapas - Finger Foods Price: $$ Hours: Mon - Wed 1 pm - 10:30 pm[/types] Thu - Sat 11 am to 2 am[/types] Sun 11 am to 10:30 pm[/types]
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Antares is Argentina’s biggest local producer of artisanal beer and was likely the first to bring the microbrewery / restaurant concept to Argentina. They brew about ten varieties of beer, ranging from nondescript lagers to stouts.
There are about 20 or so of these microbrewery style brewpubs spread across the country. I’ve been to the Antares in Mendoza and the locales in the Buenos Aires aren’t much different than that one. They all are big and nicely decorated as you’d expect from a rather sizeable restaurant chain in this class.
The menu is pretty typical bar food although there’s quite a bit more to choose from than the typical menu. There are appetizer bruschettas, charcuterie platters, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and a host of entrees, many prepared with beer as part of the cooking process. I will say that the menu items are all low-priced. Extremely reasonable. About half the menu items were under US$8 and the vast majority were under US$10 (160 pesos).
On the big-screen TVs? Old alien invasion movies instead of Sunday night football. Darn. I was hoping to see the Cowboys beat the Eagles.
Antares is a bar. And in the evening, it’s a busy bar at that. Service was a little lacking although not anything that caused alarm. The waitress was covering a lot a ground. They could likely use a slightly larger crew of waitresses on a busy night like the one on which I was there.
The sandwich had potential. A nice ciabatta bun, a moist pulled pork. But there was no rich sauce nor reduction from the braising liquid on the sandwich. Serving it with a bit of the sauce would have put the sandwich over the top. The French fries fell a bit short too. Not really very crisp and they were a tad starchy on the inside. They weren’t served very hot so they quickly were less than desirable in that regard. This could have been a great sandwich. As it turned out, it was just another good sandwich.
For a bar serving food Antares is still a top choice with such a wide choice of both high-quality beer and an equally impressive menu. We’ll be back to try a few of the entrees prepared with beer. I’d like to try the German sausage plate and possibly the chile nachos. Just a unique enough menu to make exploring it worth a few more trips back.
Maybe I’m just looking for an excuse to guzzle down another pint of Antares Porter.
Antares - Las Cañitas