The Burgers at Lobo Cafe

Puerto Madero . Buenos Aires

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Overall Rating

  • Meat 80%
  • Bread 80%
  • Condiments 70%
  • French Fries 70%
  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 60%
  • Value 70%

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Restaurant Details
The Burgers at Lobo Cafe

Locale: Puerto Madero
Address: Pierina Dealessi 1330

Telephone: +54 xxx
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining
Cuisine: Burgers
Price: $$$
Hours: Sun-Sat 8 am to midnight[/types] [/types] [/types]

Summary of Review
We decided to give the burger at Lobo Café a chance to earn a spot on our top burgers list in Buenos Aires. And guess what. The burger was one of the most unique and tasty burgers we’ve encountered.

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Restaurant Review for The Burgers at Lobo Cafe

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Rating: 3.8 stars
Review Date:
11/15/2016

There are so many upscale restaurants overlooking the harbor in Puerto Madero. Finding a steak or plate full of ravioli is certainly not a problem. Finding somewhere to have a quality casual meal in your Bermuda shorts is quite another story.

There a few fast-food restaurants peddling burgers, like Mostaza. There’s a couple of chain-restaurants like Friday’s and Il Gatto. But if you’re looking for something that wasn’t stamped out with a cookie-cutter the options are pretty slim.

But I recently stumbled onto Lobo Café while riding my bike on the boardwalk (it’s really concrete but serves the same purpose) running along the back side of the harbor in Puerto Madero. Lobo Café lies at the far east-end of that string of restaurants on the boardwalk.

Open from 8 am in the morning until XX, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. The breakfast menu has a bit more variety than your typical café in Buenos Aires. And they’re open seven days a week. You can read our read review about breakfast at Lobo Café here.

The wait staff is all young females. In accordance with Argentine custom, they aren’t very attentive, taking the accepted Argentine stance that if a customer wants something they should wave to get the waiter’s attention. But other than this typical custom of ignoring the patrons (which foreigners perceive as inattentive service) the service was great. The waitresses have always been both informative and friendly.

The décor is contemporary with natural stained wood paneling on the front of the counter and tables. All bench seating and chairs are painted stark black and the floors are painted with black lacquer. The café is professionally lighted with spots and chrome pendants.

We decided to give the burger at Lobo Café a chance to earn a spot on our top burgers list in Buenos Aires. And guess what. The burger was one of the most unique and tasty burgers we’ve encountered.

Typically, a really good burger has a medium grind with a fat content of about 25% to 30%. That’s what gives the burger that “juicy” goodness, that when combined with a smearing of mayonnaise or mustard and a big slice of cheese, make it the best thing in the world between two slices of bread. We constantly complain about restaurants that think they can improve a burger by using a more expensive (and less fatty) cut of meat. Nope. It just doesn’t work that way.

But at Lobo Café they seem to have moved in that direction without ruining the burger. I don’t know what cut of meat they used but it was much leaner than my guideline above. It was an extremely thick grind, almost like hand chopped beef, but had enough fat to bind it and when cooked to a true medium or medium-rare, still slightly pink in the middle, it was still juicy and moist like it should be. It sort of tasted like a cross between the famed Lomito sandwich at La Rambla and the juicy burgers at Banco Rojo or Perez H that have the higher fat content.

Prices are a bit on the high side. But not unusually so for this neighborhood. The French toast cost about US $12 (185 pesos). But that included tea or coffee and orange juice. The overall experience was unique enough and pleasant enough to put Lobo Café high on the list for breakfast in Buenos Aires. And probably top of the list in Puerto Madero.

We constantly complain about restaurants that think they can improve a burger by using a more expensive (and less fatty) cut of meat. At Lobo Café, they seem to have moved in that direction without ruining the burger. I don’t know what cut of meat they use but it’s much leaner than the ideal mix for a burger of 70/30, lean to fat ratio. The meat patty on this veal burger is an extremely thick grind, almost like hand chopped beef, but has enough fat to bind it and when cooked to a true medium or medium-rare, it’s still juicy and moist, like it should be. Service is hit or miss, but this is, hands-down, the best choice for a burger in Puerto Madero.

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