When it comes to Argentinian restaurants, the first thing you think of is succulent steaks. Constancia, which opened just over a month ago, carries on this proud tradition: steak is definitely the main attraction. The house specialty is Parrillada, grilled steak with chorizo and provolone cheese, served with French fries and fresh bread. Delicious.
It should come as no surprise: the owners of the restaurant, brothers Santiago and Sebastian, who’ve lived in London for the past five years, brought over an aunt of theirs who is an expert in Argentinian cuisine to take charge of the restaurant kitchen. The result is an array of mouth-watering dishes such as home-made chorizos and tasty empanadas; and pasties made with a special pastry filled with minced meat. The wine list is also superb, with a wide variety of options to suit all budgets.
The restaurant’s atmosphere is very pleasant and the décor conjures up an Argentinian country estate, managing to be both sophisticated and cozy at the same time. The music is all Latin, and features not only tango, but also Brasilian artists such as Rita Lee and Os Mutantes (the owners are fans of Brasilian MPB). All this, together with the restaurant’s first-rate service, mean that even Brasilian customers put old rivalries to one side and end up feeling right at home.