If you like your Argentinian steakhouses small, animated and personal – with some live tango thrown in – then Garufa may be your thing. Despite the odd jibe about ‘poor service and very average food’, this is a bright, warm, brick-lined venue run by a guy who ‘really knows his cuts and how to cook them’. Empanadas or grilled veal sweetbreads with a black-pudding croquette start proceedings well, before slabs of prime pampas-reared sirloin or mighty ‘parrilladas’ for sharing, loaded with marinated rump, rib-eye, ibérico pork, chorizo and much more. Also try to fit in some excellent sides – perhaps chips with garlic and parsley, slow-roasted spiced sweet potato or grilled provolone cheese. Cocktails and bottled beers are decent value, staff are extremely gracious, and beefy Malbecs inevitably dominate the wine list.
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