Miranda Parrilla Argentina – steakhouse [Buenos Aires]
Monday November 8th was my birthday (and I’m not going to disclose my age). I was thrilled to be in Buenos Aires and be able to celebrate it with my loved ones. But on that day it was just Sean and I and I wanted to go somewhere special.
It was raining very hard but Sean worked his magic and an empty taxi appeared from nowhere. We gave the driver the address of one of my favourite restaurants, Olsen. With all the excitement I’d forgotten to call in advance. Big mistake. As it turns out, it closes on Mondays –especially rainy Mondays.
After some deliberations, we went to Miranda Parrilla Argentina. Yes, yet another steakhouse but we just can’t help it. We’d never been there before but I read good things about the place, like this New York Times review.
Considering it was a Monday night- and did I mention the rain? – the place was full. Most patrons were foreigners; the staff and I were outnumbered!
Now to the food. We had a provoleta al oreganato to start. It consists of a thick slice of provolone cheese sprinkled with oregano and grilled until golden and crispy and absolutely scrumptious.
I had the Patagonian lamb with rosemary roasted potatoes, aubergine puree (smoky, tangy and delicious) and a rather sweet dipping sauce. The first bite of lamb almost brought tears to my eyes. Although it hurts to admit it, the second piece of lamb was slightly overcooked. Sorry Three Forks [Dallas], I found my lamb paradise.
Sean had a lovely, juicy, medium rare spot of beef with roasted potatoes, chimichurri and a very clever side: grilled egg. How on earth does one grill an egg? Easy: inside half a red bell pepper. Ingenious and very tasty. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal.
We washed it all down with Las Hormigas malbec. No room left for pudding so we had coffee instead.
Aaaaah! I love my country.
Miranda is located on the corner of Fitz Roy and Costa Rica streets.
Opening hours: every day from 9 am to 1 am, Fridays and Saturdays until 2 am.
MIRANDA UPDATE: I met up with a friend there for dinner last night. I had their “cazuelita de calabaza y choclo” (butternut squash, sweet corn and cheese casserole). It was sweet and satisfying, ideal for a winter night. My friend had tira de asado (shortribs, sort of) with the grilled egg. Very tasty!