Friday, 8 August 2014

Comedor Grill and Bar, Islington - Restaurant Review

Wine Wednesday. What better incentive for a choice of restaurant for a midweek catch-up with friends? Located on the Highbury end of Upper Street, Comedor Grill and Bar is unintrusive and you could walk past if you weren't headed there intentionally. I had booked ahead, as off the back of the recent World Cup Brazilian frenzy I had heard great things about South American steak. Billed as an Argentine Restaurant, serving a range of classic and modern South American dishes we were quite literally drooling over the many cuts of steak available on the menu - from classics cuts such as fillet and sirloin, to Comedor cuts like Churrasco and Assado, cooked using traditional Argentine methods, marinated in the chef's own marinade, brushed with chimichurri, and cooked to your liking with a sauce of your choice.
 
I couldn't fault the starters; a traditional empanada for me, the traditional Argentinian pastry, filled with spicy beef and served with an aji sauce (a hot pepper sauce) with lime. Exquisite empanadas. One just wasn't enough; crispy baby squid wrapped in mooli radish and served with chilli jelly. Succulent on the inside with a light crispy batter; and seared tuna - thinly sliced tuna splashed with soy sauce, ginger, chilli and sesame. Simple yet tasty. All served up on long white plates, giving the dishes a contemporary feel.



squid
Baby Squid with Chilli Jelly
Seared Tuna

Spicy Beef Empanada

Main course options were varied and set apart from the steak menu. The fillet, although relatively expensive, was large, cooked perfectly and eaten with large hand-cut triple-cooked chips. The Chicken Aji Panca was a lighter option, succulent and juicy chicken in a milder chilli marinade, and the Entrana (sliced rare steak) and Goat's Cheese Mash was soft and creamy as promised, the distinctive goat's cheese flavour was subtle yet palatable.


Fillet Steak

Chicken Aji Panca
Entrana and Goat's Cheese Mash
For dessert, we all went for the Ecuadorian Baked Dark Chocolate Torte. A warm mousse-tart served with pistachio ice cream, there were actually moments of quiet as we indulged in this divine dessert.



Ecuadorian Baked Dark Chocolate Torte

The service was excellent, friendly, attentive and good-natured, particularly when asking for our free glass of wine with our main course! Every Wednesday Comedor offer a glass of wine with every main course ordered - you do need to ask specifically for the #WineWednesday offer! Ah, the power of Twitter...
There is also a great offer on Mondays - 50% off all steaks. Certainly worth another visit very soon.

 
176 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1RG 
020 7354 2843
 
Open Daily: Mon-Fri: 5pm - 11pm / Sat-Sun: 12pm - 11pm
 
 

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