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“Great Value in Palermo”
Review of La Carranzita

La Carranzita
Ranked #3,776 of 5,534 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Price range: US$9 - US$20
Cuisines: Argentinian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Palermo
Description: Parrilla in Palermo.
Reviewed 21 June 2012

The first day we decided to eat across the street due to prices being only slightly lower, and we made a huge mistake, as the food at La Carranzita was well worth paying the extra price, although the value was still very good. Their wine selection is great, the beef was up to Argentine standard, and service was truly excellent. We returned the next day for lunch! The desserts are huge as their other plates, and quite good.

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Thank HoracioR
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We were pleasantly surprised by this parilla. The food was excellent and good value and the staff very friendly. We took a chance on it as it was around the corner from our hotel and just didn't feel like going any further afield. We both had steak and it was very good quality and i would recommend it. We went back for our final lunch in Buenos Aires there and again it was superb.

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1  Thank MartinByrne
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

This restaurant was a true disappointment like so many Palermo Hollywood restaurants are. To start we ordered an empanada, which when we ordered we asked the waiter if it was juguso. He replied absolutely juguso, si si. For dinner my wife ordered bandiola and I order lomo "alto". I made it clear I wanted my lomo "alto y a punto" and confirmed with the waiter the parrillero would not, under any circumstance, butterfly my lomo, as why would anyone want delicious argentine lomo butterflied?

The empanada arrived - my wife, preparing herself beforehand for the juice to come dripping out, took the first bite. She then flipped it upside down where she had just taken her bite to see if she could find any juice. Not even a drip of any kind of liquid emerged. It was dryer than the alto plano desert with picada meat inside. Given the price and the reputation of this restaurant we would have expected maybe chopped lomo inside the empanada, or at least some juice with the picada. Further, since it ws so dry the waiter would have done better to tell us the truth rather than deliver something that after two bites neither of us wanted. It could not be construed that there was any juice inside nevermind juguso.

After that came the main event - the lomo and bandiola. I cannot speak for the bandiloa because it did not look like anything I wanted to try and given my wife ate less than 1/2 and thanked me for taking her to someplace new I understand her to mean great company and fun to be out just the two of us i.e. lousy food cannot ruin a nice evening together.

I can speak about my lomo, which when it arrived my first observation was that it was less than 2 cm alto, which is hardly alto. It was also impossible to miss that it had been butterflied, clearly visible were the tell-tale signs like each side mirroring one another held together in the middle by the knife not destroying that final connection.

I said to the waiter who delivered the food that it had been butterflied, to which he responded as if I was crazy, "no." So, I simply took my knife to show him how the parts fold over to mkae one whole, which demonstrated neatly that it was a butterflied piece of "lomo." To this he shrugged and said again, "no esta mariposa." To which I responded, OK, let's talk to another waiter. With a third party now on the scene of the lomo crime we did indeed confirm in fact this skinny piece of lomo priced at 75 pesos had in fact been butterflied.

With my butterflied skinny little lomo on my plate I then asked if I should cut it to confirm it was "a punto" or should we all agree now that this meat could not be "a punto" having been butterflied and grilled on a raging Parilla. They took the bait, I opened it to find to their astonishment, a grey piece of meat inside. Needless to say I sent it back, told them I would enjoy my rucula salad and forget it. Now, having been at Establo the night before I really did not mind missing a night of lomo, but had it been a special evening and one of the few evenings I had to eat dinner in BsAs I would have left right then and gone to a different place, probably the local parilla just down the street on the corner of Cordoba and Carranza for an authentic bife de chorizo among locals would have been the savior.

We will not be going back to Carranzita anytime soon - and I will add that the wine is way over priced. They are serving a 46 peso Trumpeter for 108.... Which had the food been good I would not complain about the price of wine. Although, the night before I did have a DV Catena at Establo for 125 peso. This place gets a zero but given Trip Advisor requires a rating in natural numbers not integers I'll give it a 1, which is generous.

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Thank ciao123bella
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

It was our second evening in BA and the temperature had reached 98 during the afternoon. We wanted to walk to a local restaurant, so at 8 PM, we came across an empty La Carranzita. We should have kept on walking.
Searching out any place with AC, the parrilla did look inviting. We were there for two hours, and no one else came in. The steaks were very, very chewy, and the wine was very, very bad. The service consisted of taking the order, bringing the food and disappearing. If you happen to be staying in this trendy area of Palermo, skip this one.

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1  Thank XinguNorthCarolina
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Reviewed 13 September 2016
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