2 days ago we wanted to have a real "Parilla" close to where we live, in the Belgrano district of Buenos Aires. And we've had it ! "Parilla" means BBQ. In Argentina or Uruguay, this is how they usually cook the meat, fish, cheese ( provoleta ) or even the vegetables.
El Pobre luis is an Uruguyan restaurant, managed by Luis Acuna for many many years. Most of the staff is from Uruguay. The service is "impeccable" which will instantly make you happy. The place is pittoresque and full of football shirts as Luis is a soccer fanatic. The atmosphere is very friendly and family oriented. All generations are represented.
We've ordered an excellent provoleta to start with. And obviously meat to follow : one "bife de chorizo" for my wife, "costilla de lomo" for me. Both very tasteful and tender. Count approximately 50 to 60 AR$ ( or 12 to 15 USD ) for any piece of meat you'd like to order. Wine was a bit expensive so we've decided to order a 10 USD bottle of Familia Gascon from Bodega Escorihuela Gascon. Rather sweet, round and well on the fruit.
All in all we've eaten for 100 AR$ or 25 USD each. This is not cheap for Buenos Aires. But we've had a great moment and food. So worth once in a while. In the next couple of weeks, one of our missions will be to find unkown and kept secret "Parillas" where to eat excellent meat for half that price. So stay tuned !
El pobre Luis :