I just happened to be walking to a birthday party at The Stamford last week when I was distracted by the wonderful smells of barbecued meats coming from La Boca. In the same location that was formerly Swish, is a newly opened Argentinian restaurant that specialises in cooking meats over the asador (fire pit). The dishes on the menu use locally sourced ingredients with the meat coming from Coonawarra.
The decor at this place reminds me of being inside a western saloon. The timber finishes, the polished concrete floors and the abundance of natural light coming from three frontages makes this place very warm and cosy. The venue is considerably spacious with various seating options available. The highlight for me were the funny cartoons on the communal benchtops.
Prime cuts of meat are cooked on the parilla (barbecue) for about 8 hours. It certainly is interesting to watch and the large rangehood has a powerful enough suction to prevent customers from smelling like the food when they leave.
Today, we were here for the $15 Express Menu which includes a glass of wine or beer with the meal. Additional sides were available for an extra $5 each.
For lunch, I ordered the Chivito Uruguayo which is a traditional beef fillet open faced sandwich. The meal was ready after a 15 minute wait and was beautifully presented. The beef was lean, tender and succulent. The capsicum was chargrilled and had a wonderful natural sweetness. The was balanced by the saltiness of the olives. The combination of ingredients worked really well although I did think a bit too much olive oil was applied.
I’ve had the Deep Fried Sweet Potatoes elsewhere before so it was nothing new, but it was still well executed. The sweet potatoes had firm crispness on the outside and were soft and fluffy on the inside. They had a nice natural sweetness about them which was balanced by the salt.
The Ruccola Salad looked a bit simple but it tasted surprisingly good. I love my parmesan cheese and think that it goes well with just about anything. The combination of parmesan with the rocket and dressing was absolutely delicious.
My friend had the Lamb Asado and said the meat was perfectly cooked. Her only criticism was that the onion skin was left on the onions.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, and the service was exceptional. Drinks were constantly refilled, meals arrived on time and plates were cleared as we finished. The pricing is quite reasonable considering its Argentinian food.
This place did pretty much everything right and a wonderful dining experience was had by all. Will definitely come back to this place.
WHERE: 150 North Tce, Adelaide