At the start of this week I was invited to Fiesta Del Asado. This Argentinian restaurant is part of the Lasan Group, along with Raja Monkey Cafe which I visited earlier this year for my birthday and absolutely loved. So a fantastic experience at Raja Monkey Cafe coupled with all the great things I’d heard about Fiesta Del Asado led to me having very high expectations when I visited on Monday night, which they more than exceeded…
When we arrived we were greeted by a friendly member of staff and the delicious smells coming from the kitchen – a great first impression which continued throughout the night! The restaurant was so warm and inviting, and we instantly felt relaxed and welcomed here. There was a great bustling atmosphere, almost like a buzz as everyone waited for or tucked into their huge juicy steaks! And so I felt a million miles away from the bitterly cold Birmingham night outside as I delved into the menu.
The service was flawless too! Our waitress was fantastic – professional yet friendly and attentive, leaving us to enjoy the atmosphere and food whilst checking on us at appropriate times. She asked if we needed any guiadance with the menu, and helped us pick something that suited each of our tastes using her excellent knowledge of the menu, different cuts of meat and how they could be cooked.
We decided to skip starters so that we had plenty of room to enjoy the steaks we had ordered for mains..a choice that proved wise when both of the huge steaks arrived! I opted for the Bife de Angosto – “16oz single muscle taken from the loin, great texture and intense flavour”. Never has a piece of steak been so tender, full of flavour and just delicious! It was cooked perfectly so that it was nice and pink in the middle too, just how it should be. It was easily one of the best steaks I’ve ever had! A big statement, but a steak worthy of that title in my opinion!
My Dad likes his steaks medium to well-done and so although the steak he wanted is normally served medium-rare, our waitress told us that they were able to cook it to his liking due to the nature of the cut. So when my Dad’s Agujar sin hueso – “14oz chuck eye steak. Cut from the forequarter, with great texture and great flavour” – arrived, it was also cooked perfectly for him! A longer cooking time meant that the fat had rendered down and it was really tasty, as well as being just as tender and fantastic as mine too. My Dad enjoyed his steak just as much as me! And we really were blown away by the quality and cooking of the steaks.
We also ordered a few sides to accompany our steaks too, starting with the Papas fritas con perejil y ajo (fries with parsley and garlic). These were really great crispy, tasty fries, and made a nice addition alongside the salad and roasted carrots that already come with the steaks.
Whilst the Papas criolla (roasted potato tossed in paprika and oregano) reminded me of patatas bravas and were equally delicious, with a fluffy centre and flavoursome, cripsy coating. At only £1.99, both potato dishes were great value for money as the portion sizes were more than enough for one person. Other options included vegetables, salads and sweet potato mash.
I can’t order a steak without a steak sauce. So I also had some of their Bernaise Sauce on the side which was really flavousome and creamy, and for me it just completed the dish. Saying that, the steaks were just so tasty that they were fantastic alone and had I not ordered the sauce, I wouldn’t have felt that I ‘needed’ one at all!
Although the desserts sounded delicious (I really fancied the Empanada de Manzana!!) and the selection on offer was great, I was just too full to squeeze one in. Maybe next time…
The bill came to just £30 each, which for an amazing steak plus some tasty sides and a few drinks is great value for money, and it really is worth every penny.
You can’t really ask for much more in a restaurant than delicious food, friendly staff and a great atmosphere, and Fiesta Del Asado excels in each of them. Managing to create a restaurant that delivers the highest quality food, but still maintains a warm and welcoming atmosphere without the slightest trace of pretentiousness, Fiesta Del Asado has shot up the list as one of my new favourite places to dine in Birmingham. And I can’t wait to visit again very soon!
Disclosure: I was invited by Fiesta Del Asado to review their restaurant, and all food and drinks were complimentary. But as always all opinions expressed are honest and my own, and I was not required to write a positive review