Casa Malevo is a new Argentinian restaurant in the newly coined area of London, Connaught Village. Since the Blairs moved around the corner to Connaught Square, this are has been trying to reinvent itself into something other than Little Beirut.
This new Argentinian restaurant is a new venture by Alerberto Abbate, of Santa Maria del Sur in Battersea and chef Diego Jacquet who has worked at El Bulli and Aquavit in New York. They aim to introduce Argentinian cuisine to London.
The restaurant has very casual decor, bare brick walls hung with some old pictures of the family, wooden floors and unadorned tables. We were sat in the private dining room downstairs which was very cosy for a private dinner.
Up to this point, the only thing I knew of Argentinian food is the great steaks. The menu here is quite simple and our menu took us on a journey through the most popular dishes like grilled Provolone cheese, empanadas and chorizo.
The grilled cheese was served in a hot pan which it seems is a really common dish in South America. The empanadas were tasty but a bit dry.
The main courses were chunks of meat like this sirloin steak and some lamb chops. The steak was juicy and was served with jars of chimichurry sauce, made of garlic, shallots, parsley, olive oil and herbs. I expected the sauce to have some kick or add some zest to the meat, but it didn’t really do much. The accompanying fries were nice and crispy.
The wine experts we were dining with approved of the extensive wines available and they approved of the availability of wines below £30.
For dessert, we had both the Pear Tart and the Dulce de leche creme brulee, which was quite a big serving but was terrific and was certainly the biggest hit of the evening.
Casa Malevo is a nice casual restaurant for an honest piece of Argentinian steak, some good wines and friendly service, makes this a great addition to this neighbourhood. Don’t forget to try the Dulce de leche creme brulee, exceptional.