Puerto Madero . Buenos Aires
- Ambience 90%
- Service 90%
- Food (Execution) 90%
- Creativity 80%
- Value 80%
Address: Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 876
Telephone: +54 11 4331-0454
Restaurant Type: Steakhouse
Cuisine: Grilled Steaks
Hours: Sun-Fri Lunch 12:30 pm to 3 pm[/types] Mon-Thu Dinner 7 pm to Midnight[/types] Fri-Sat Dinner 7 pm to 1 am[/types]
Summary of Review
Restaurant Review for Le Grill
Rating: 4.3 stars
Le Grill is the steakhouse owned and operated by the same owners as Chila, one of the most highly rated and expensive restaurants in the city
The steakhouse is located on the Puerto Madero boardwalk along with about two dozen more of the city’s most reputable restaurants, including another five or so steakhouses.
Le Grill is a very different steakhouse than the competitors on the strip, being a mix of fine dining and casual bistro. It’s a clean, modern take on the traditional Argentine steakhouse. None of that hokey mid-century ranch (“estancia”) décor. Everything is sophisticated and elegant, but slightly minimalist at the same time.
In keeping with the modern day bistro décor that is taking the world by storm there are no tablecloths at Le Grill. Just fancy paper placemats with geometric cut-out designs. But they do have expensive white cotton napkins. They couldn’t totally throw out the past. There are still reminders in the décor that this is, in fact, a steakhouse. The contemporary seating is all upholstered in a coffee colored leather. There are heavy columns of honed stone and stone floors. This restaurant reminds me of my favorite steakhouse in Santiago de Chile, Ox. Understated elegance that bridges the rural roots of the steakhouse with the modern day world.
The waiters are true to form. Black slacks and aprons and starched white shirts. Classic American crooners singing lightly in the background. Perhaps Frank Sinatra will never really die. At least not in Buenos Aires.
Following the style of its contemporaries in New York and Los Angeles, Le Grill offers both traditional beef and three dry aged cuts. The steaks are quite reasonably priced compared to competitors in close proximity.
Le Grill offers a sampling of a standard (non-aged) steak, a steak dry aged for 45 days, and one for 100 days, each of 100g each, enabling the diner to compare the difference the aging makes. But the sampling is more expensive than any of the individual aged steak cuts that are all 300g so it doesn’t make much sense to pay more for a sampling that includes an inferior steak, unless of course, you’re totally intrigued by the difference the aging makes. You can take my word for it. The aged steaks will be noticeably tenderer.
I confess. I made a mistake. I ordered the aged rib-eye. This steak has more fat and is somewhat tenderer than the New York strip or the T-bone and therefore benefits less from the aging than the other two cuts. My only excuse for this mistake is that I’m a rookie food critic. But lesson learned. Hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to remedy my mistake soon.
The aged steak was thick and buttery soft. Although the waiter switched the knife from a standard table knife to one a big wooden-handled steakhouse variety at the start of the service, I could have easily cut this chunk of meat with that table knife. It was cooked just about the way I like it with a red center moving to a pink at the seared exterior. It was good but there was a just a little bit of that fat and tissue that is characteristic of a rib-eye that I would have avoided had I ordered one of the other two aged steaks.
I ordered a side of artisanal new potatoes. They were tossed in fresh herbs and small bits of pancetta. Very good. And it was easily enough to share among two diners.
Décor, service and execution were all spot on. And the pricing, although expensive, was either competitive or below that of the nearby steakhouses. All in all, I think this was my favorite of all the high-end steakhouses in Puerto Madero, slightly edging out another close-by favorite … Happening.
Unless you’re wanting some of that touristy mystique that surrounds a more traditional steakhouse like nearby Cabaña Las Lilas, Le Grill is, in my opinion, a classier and more reasonably priced option.