Puerto Madero . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 80%
- Service 80%
- Food (Execution) 80%
- Creativity 60%
- Value 70%
Address: Alicia Moreau de Justo 380
Telephone: +54 11 4314 3710
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Cuisine: Grilled Steaks
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30 am to 1 am[/types] [/types] [/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for La Cabaña
Rating: 3.7 stars
It seems like when there’s one pair of twins there’s always one in the limelight, stealing the show. One with a little more personality and pizzazz, that becomes the Hollywood actress while her sister remains back in the hometown working as a librarian. They’re both beautiful and special in their own ways.
So it is with La Cabaña and Cabaña Las Lilas. As much a La Cabaña’s propaganda would lead you to believe that they are the patriarch of parillas in Buenos Aires, when the limousines of the visiting dignitaries and celebrities pull into the driveway in front of the restaurants running along Alicia Moreau de Justo in Puerto Madero, they more often stop in front of Cabaña Las Lilas. But I’m not Justin Bieber and you’re not Barrack Obama, so none of that really matters.
We recently went to La Cabaña for dinner. Ordering a steak at this place is expensive. Almost as expensive as spending time with the twin sister down the street. A regular strip steak or rib-eye will run you about US$28 (ARP$335). I say regular … it is Black Angus beef so it’s already a notch above what most the steakhouses are serving in town. The same cut of dry aged beef will run you about US$40 (ARP$504). That’s about twice what you’d pay at La Dorita, which serves up a pretty darn good slab of beef.
But you can’t really compare the two experiences. La Cabaña sits, along with another fifteen or so equally expensive restaurants, with the terrace facing the boardwalk along Puerto Madero. On a cool evening, the lights from the buildings across the channel reflecting off the water and the tiny sailboats clanking in the water create an ambiance that you just can’t find anywhere else in the city. The photos in the slider say it much better than I can describe it. It’s a truly nice experience.
And the service and execution of the steak are flawless, as would be expected.
As expected, the waiters and attendants will bring out a basket of bread with a delicious pate for spreading. And on our visit we were given a little amuse-bouche. A trio of a cream cheese canapé, a little spoonful of tongue and a pint sized beef empanada. My personal favorite of the trio was the empanada.
Since we’ve already confirmed that you and I are not Justin or Barrack, unlike those guys, you might be on a budget. My recommendation, if you’re with a companion, is to order up the Chateaubriand. It’s a 600 g beauty, that when cut in half by the waiter tableside is the perfect steak for both you and your companion. And it includes a side dish (sautéed mushrooms on our visit). That, along with all the little goodies that preface the meal, is enough for two normal appetites. That Chateaubriand was less than US$48 (ARP$595). Also, we were not charged a “cubierto”. Of course you’ll also have to pay for drinks and a tip. But we were pleasantly surprised with the amount of the total check.
And of all the steakhouses we’ve visited, La Cabaña was the only one with a papier-mâché cow staring out from behind the sign at the entrance. To see that alone is worth a visit.