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Sibling to Highbury steakhouse Garufa, this ‘Argentine kitchen’ offers a broader menu of regional specialities – although the menu is still dominated by the parrilla grill and authentic meaty cuts with names like lomo, cuadril and vacio. The kitchen also delivers four kinds of empanadas (try the version with roasted ‘brined’ chicken, spring onions, raisins and cumin), plus lots of “genuinely interesting” small ‘platitos’ for sharing – from fried squid, chorizo and rabbit croquettes with smoked cauliflower purée to roast partridge with black pudding and potato stew. Sides, sauces and breads also do the business, while desserts are dominated by dulce de leche.  A thoughtful wine list includes some surprises, as well as excellent samples by the glass. Sadly, recent reports of sloppy service, “careless” cooking and poor housekeeping suggest that Garufa may be struggling in an increasingly crowded Argentinian marketplace.
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Garufin

8b Lamb’s Conduit Passage ,London WC1R 4RG

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Very Disappointing

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Mar 2015

I had a late dinner here with a few workmates on a Tuesday night. It was very quiet - fair enough, late on a Tuesday night. The cellar room has a slightly weird feel to it. Awkward, and lacking in cosiness. Service was attentive and swift, though without any helpful advice. The croquettes and empanadas that we shared to start were very good. I ordered rib-eye steak for main. This being an Argentinian steakhouse I had reasonably high hopes. The misshapen, grisly, small cut of meat I was served was...

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 3
  • Value: 4

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Garufin

8b Lamb’s Conduit Passage ,London WC1R 4RG

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Disappointing

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Jan 2014

On entering, it felt a little empty and brightly lit. Then found the toilet door was hanging off its hinges and the glasses on the table were dirty. Despite my better instincts, soldiered on but unfortunately it didn't get any better. Many of the dishes we tried to order were not available, and the house and the next wine on the menu were also not available, making the cheapest red wine on the menu £32. Starters were genuinely interesting, scallop pasty, and lamb meatballs, and steaks were well cooked,...

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Hungry Horace's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 2
  • Value: 2

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Garufin

8b Lamb’s Conduit Passage ,London WC1R 4RG

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Garufin - hidden Argentinian cellar

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Oct 2013

Short walk from Holborn station entering through a narrow door down the stairs lays a welcoming and intimately lit Argentinian restaurant. Greeted by the barman behind beautiful brick walls, we enter into the main dining room. Garufin is one of the most charming restaurants I’ve seen in London – black and white tiled floors, high ceilings and wooden tables. It felt like we were sitting in a stylish wine cellar which made sense looking at the extensive wine list. Argentinian cuisine is well known...

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Pass The Truffle's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 7

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  • Address: 8b Lamb’s Conduit Passage, London WC1R 4RG
  • Telephone: 020 7430 9073
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  • Opening Times: Mon-Fri 9am-3pm Mon-Sat 5-10.30pm

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