08 Sep 2013 • 1 review • 0 follower
my partner is argentine, so we decided to give salta a shot since the last time we were in argentina was 3 years ago.
we started with the empanadas, provaleta, and a salad.
the empanadas were of the puff pastry variety, which was a pleasant surprise; we're used to pastry dough varieties, but like well done versions of either. the fillings were generous (celery and roquefort and beef fillings are highly recommended).
the provaleta, which stars in my fevered food dreams about argentina, was adequate. the flavor of the spices was fine, but the true character of a provaleta comes from the browning of the cheese, with the accompanying grill marks. if you like gooey, unctuous cheese to slather on bread, it's still satisfying enough.
the salad was fresh enough and dressed well, but nothing special. it's not why you go to salta.
for our main, we shared the mixed grill (parrillada). the server asked us how we wanted our steak, which not all steak restaurants do, unfortunately; probably best we didn't say "jugoso" or juicy, but we like our meat on the rarer side. the quality of the beef was good; not the best we've ever had, but we're from texas and argentina.
to be honest, i love chinchulínes (intestines) and morcilla (blood sausage), so it was disappointing not to have them in a parrillada, but i understand why they're not served in singapore. that said, all the meat was grilled well and served hot, which is often overlooked with platters of meat. a small quibble was that we went for the half off parillada special, only to be told that we could not take our leftovers with the deal, which wasn't mentioned at the beginning. fair enough, we should know the terms, but it would've been nice to have that explained at the beginning, and in the end we were happy to pay full price.
we did order desserts; the flan, which was smooth and creamy but otherwise unremarkable, and the panqueque, or crepe, with dulce de leche, which was excellent.
for a place with no service charge, we had few complaints about the service. our glasses were refilled promptly, which is more than i can say for many other establishments. our courses were paced well, they were friendly and attentive, even with the dining room mostly full.
in the end, the mark of an experience is whether you would go back, and in salta's case, we decidedly would.