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La Gran Hollywood - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 60%
  • Service 70%
  • Food (Execution) 70%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Value 70%

Details for Location Reviewed
La Gran Hollywood - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood Address: Bonpland 2206

Telephone: +54 11 4776 6687
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Cuisine: Grilled Steaks
Service Type: Table Service
Price: $$$
Menu items offered: Coffee, Desserts, Grilled Steaks
Hours: Mon-Fri: 12pm to 4pm & 8pm to 1am Sat-Sun: Closed

Restaurant Details
La Gran Hollywood - Buenos Aires

Locale: Buenos Aires, Palermo Hollywood Address: Bonpland 2206

Telephone: +54 11 4776 6687

Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Cuisine: Grilled Steaks Service Type: Table Service Price: $$$ Menu items offered: Coffee, Desserts, Grilled Steaks

Hours: Mon-Fri: 12pm to 4pm & 8pm to 1am Sat-Sun: Closed

Summary

No frills steakhouse in Palermo Hollywood catering to locals that are too lazy to walk to Las Cabras. Pretty good steaks at a reasonable price. Clean and pleasant dining both indoors out but it suffers from a lack of personality.

Resumen del crítica

No frills steakhouse in Palermo Hollywood catering to locals that are too lazy to walk to Las Cabras. Pretty good steaks at a reasonable price. Clean and pleasant dining both indoors out but it suffers from a lack of personality.

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Restaurant Review for La Gran Hollywood - Buenos Aires

 

Review by: Ollie O
Rating: 3.3 stars
Review Date: 03/28/2015

Having just visited Las Cabras and the more expensive El 22 within the previous week. I thought I’d try one of the more traditional neighborhood type steakhouses in Palermo Hollywood. Some random Google searches led me to La Gran Hollywood. This is the quintessential Argentina steakhouse ... the one locals frequent, mostly because it’s cheap and has consistently good food.

You can sit in the indoor dining room. It’s nothing elaborate but it’s actually pleasantly decorated and furnished. Slightly better than the average corner steakhouse. Our you can sit outdoors on the sidewalk which is what I chose to do, where I was presented with the typical leather covered menu with plastic covered pages in no logical order ... typical “parilla”.

The waitress in her green “La Gran Hollywood” t-shirt (the restaurant uniform) promptly brought out a basket of bread (the typical almost stale baguette slices) and a seasoned pizza dough flatbread. A salsa of pickled eggplant. It was good but not as addictive as the same type of salsa I’d been served at El 22. The only décor out on the sidewalk are the passer-bys and the two pretty girls having a bottle of wine and French fries at the next table, with their poodle and pit-bull terrier at their feet.

Let me digress. I was thinking about steaks. Each one has its own personality. You can go to the same steakhouse twice during a week, order the same cut of meat and get a totally different steak. One might be tenderer. One more flavorful. And depending on the butcher, the cut of the steak might be slightly different. Now in expensive restaurants that buy product from high quality, reliable sources, this variance might be nearly indistinguishable, but it is there, nonetheless. Here’s what provoked this insight.

On this visit I ordered the ½ Bife de Chorizo at $85 (about US$6.75). The same steak I had ordered at El 22 a few days earlier at 2/3 of the cost. This was a very different steak than the one I’d received at the restaurant down the street. The more expensive steak at the nearby El 22 was slightly tenderer and seasoned a little more than this one. But this cut of beef had the cap of fat along one edge that I typically see on a New York strip steak in the USA. With the fat left on by the butcher and being a fairly decent quality of beef this enabled me to slice through the steak and take a small cut of the buttery fat with each bite. Now every steak connoisseur has his (or her) favorite cut of steak. My personal favorite is a rib-eye. Not as tender as filet or strip steak but full of that buttery fatty flavor that I prefer. Well with this particular steak I was getting a delicious, melt-in-your mouth bite of that little bit of fat with every slice. It really made this an excellent steak despite the low cost.

I’ve mentioned my frustration with how boring the side dishes are on 99% of the menus in Buenos Aires. Potatoes done five ways, none of which are particularly impressive and a boring salad of lettuce, tomato and onions with an even more boring salad dressing of oil and balsamic vinegar. Well two items in the side dish section of the menu caught my attention. One was baked potato cooked in foil stuffed with a Roquefort cheese and the other a sweet potato cooked in a similar manner with some type of honey involved in the preparation. Well this interested me and being a blue cheese fan I ordered the former.

When the food arrived I was treated to a huge baked potato, easily big enough for two, steaming hot and stuffed full of the creamy cheese. I didn’t ask but I think that possibly these were baked over the coals as each bite had a very mild smoky flavor. Or maybe it was just that my table was sitting next to the window from which the smoke of the parilla was faintly billowing and that aroma affected each bite. Either way, it was a pleasant alternative to the bagged fries you typically get at a steakhouse. The cost of this huge potato was $50 (about US$4). Not bad and when you consider it was easily big enough for 2 or 3 people it was quite a value.

This was no fancy dining experience but was a good value and being close to my apartment I’ll likely be returning soon to sample that sweet potato.

With a high score for value and admirable execution and service this restaurant actually outscored the fancier El 22. But the ambiance at Las Cabras kept its score slightly higher than this one. If your just out for food and want to the avoid the circus and the wait at Las Cabras ... La Gran Hollywood is not a bad choice.

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