A Taste Of Buenos Aires in Birmingham

Fiesta Del Asado| Birmingham| Argentinian  

I first discovered the Epicurean pleasures of steak and Malbec while travelling in Argentina, a carnivore's paradise. 

I always considered myself to be a 'well done' girl but before my trip I was warned that Argentinians have a tendency to over cook their meat. It’s better to make it clear to your waiter you want to see blood on the plate!  

So I came to appreciate the melt in the mouth joy of a medium rare steak served with Argentinian chimichurri sauce (a relish like sauce comprising of parsley, garlic and olive oil).  And I was also introduced to Malbec wine - the true superstar of Argentina.

Since moving back to the UK, I’ve made it my mission to seek out similarly joyous meat and Malbec experiences.  Fiesta Del Asado is an Argentinian restaurant in Birmingham and I was recently invited to lunch there with my friends, Paul, The Birmingham Mail columnist and restaurant critic,  and Muriel, a brilliant blogger more widely known as the French Yummy Mummy!

 The restaurant is owned by Jabbar Khan and Aktar Islam (the successful creative partnership behind Birmingham's award-winning Indian restaurant Lasan) and has been a welcome addition to Brum's thriving foodie scene.  

Asado refers to the Argentinian barbecue technique - placing the meat on a grill called a parilla and lowering it over embers of applewood chips to give the meat a distinct smokey taste. 

Fiesta Del Asado has a very traditional homely Argentine feel, but I knew for sure I was in for a truly authentic time when pretty much as soon as we sat down,  a plate of empanadas was served.  

During my backpacking adventures,  when I wasn't feasting on glorious meat, I stuck to my budget by living off very tasty Argentinian pastry snacks called empanadas - which came in a range of fillings; beef and potato, cheese and spinach, and chicken and sweetcorn. It was good to see that Fiesta Del Asado had every filling covered.   

For the main event, Muriel and I left the ordering to Paul ( a Fiesta Del Asado regular)  and he didn't let us down. We enjoyed the most juicy, flavoursome medium rare rib-eye steak, served in typical Argentinian fashion -  with salad and chimichurri sauce. 

The first bite of my steak, which was perfectly pink inside , dipped into the chimichurri, transported my tastebuds straight back to Buenos Aires. Our wine accompaniment was of course Malbec -  sweet and spicy La Colonia from the Mendoza region.  

We didn't really need any sides - steak this good should be enjoyed simply but as the Malbec was going down a little too well (!) we also ate creamy spinach with garlic and the most delicious roasted potatoes tossed with paprika and oregano.

I was too full for dessert but couldn't resist having a couple of bites of the churros (Spanish donuts, served with chocolate sauce) ordered by Paul and Muriel.  We eventually concluded our feast with strong black coffee! 

Thanks Fiesta Del Asado for keeping my South America memories alive. 

Fiesta Del Asado

229 Hagley Rd

Edgbaston

B16 9RP

Tel: 0121 455 9331 

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A review of Fiesta Del Asado Argentinian restaurant by Sanjeeta Bains on The Pleasure Principle