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Charcoal fired grill Medium Rare Lomo (beef tenderloin)

March was an extremely MEATY month! Slabs of thick, chunky red meat, oozing with drips of fresh rare blood. A good piece of properly cooked steak is high on the ranks of things I truly enjoy. Hunting down good meat is always on my agenda.

Within the span of 2 weeks, I spent two occasions at SALTA Argentine Parrilla. A well hidden Argentine gem in the heart of Tangjong Pagar within the quiet alleys of ICON Village. And both Mondays (driving away those Monday Blues...) that I was there, I was surprised that the warm and modern restaurant packed in many tables.

I was excited to dig into some fine authentic Argentine specialty. And before I jumped into the char grilled main course, I was open to any recommendations from the menu. Unfortunately, the staff were not well versed enough in the cuisine and types of meat. The Indian service staff attending to me didn't even eat BEEF!!! A very different experience from Bedrock where I feasted on a 1.7kg of TOMAHAWK steak! I walked away from Bedrock learning more about meat than I ever knew.

I muddled my way to ordering (fortunately) some pretty interesting Argentine favourites.

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What the service staff called the "curry puffs"!!! Empanadas (turnover with filling). I picked a piping hot Roquefort y Apio (roquefort cheese & celery). It was blue cheese gone bad, acquired taste which I could accept

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Another Argentine signature - Matambre (stuffed beef roulade with mushrooms, watercress & balsamic reduction)

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Mejillones al Vino Blanco (black mussels in white wine, garlic & jalapeno sauce). A simple and light starter spoiled by the over powering wine

The meat cooked on the five-metre long parrilla were the star of the night. I tried two different cuts - Oje de Bife (beef rib eye) and Lomo (beef tenderloin), of which the rib eye with it's added layers of fat provided a very juicy texture. Both cuts were cooked very well, lightly rubbed with sea salt to keep the natural flavour of the meat.

When feeling carnivorous - I'd say GO for the SGD$30 (for me with an added discount) South American steak.

G'day Mate, throw another shrimp on the barbie!

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