The South American culinary craze has well and truly swept across Asia with the recent openings of Hong Kong’s Chicha
, Bangkok’s El Gaucho, Shanghai’s Ceviche
, and now, Beijing’s newest Argentinian (and first Argentine-run) restaurant, Che Diego. From Diego Kuo comes this simple and chic ode to his homeland, and he attempts to infuse as much of his native country into the restaurant as possible. As a result, not only is the key ingredient of beef imported from Argentina, but also top line Mendoza wines, an authentic parilla (open-fire grill), plus extras like music, which serves as the scene-setting soundtrack.
From chefs Maria Olivera and Luis Garcia, the menu reads like a culinary introduction to Argentina, featuring the country’s greatest hits like barbecued meats, empanadas, locro stew (a traditional thick cheese and potato stew that’s considered a national dish), and of course – Argentinian steak, served with the obligatory and delectable chimichurri, salsa and persillade. Country-style toast, chorizo and morcilla sausage, and homemade dulce de leche round out the menu offerings, and naturally, a wine list heavy on South American labels is fit for the pour. The only thing missing? The air of the Andes…