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Love East Nov 2015 Buen Ayre review

Elite Travelers World’s Top 100 Restaurants

”Expect warm service, fine Argentine
wines and the best steak you’ll taste in the capital.”

Harpers Wines & Spirits – 23 September 2011

”John Rattagan always wondered why there was no authentic 
Argentinian grill in U.K..”

Radicchio Mio – Monday, 27 June 2011

”Buen Ayre consistently serves excellent food with a great relaxed service.”

Time Out’s Eating & Drinking Guide 2011

Time Out’s Hot 50

Essex Eating – 27/4/2010

”…rampant carnivores would do well to make the pilgrimage to eat here.”

Luiz Hara, The London Foodie

“… a steak house will need to be truly outstanding to impress me, and Buen Ayre has certainly ticked most boxes.”

Lugares de Viaje (
Tour gourmet: sabor argentino en Londres

ViewLondon Review – 4/02/2010

“Forget travelling to Argentina for the best steaks in the world. Buen Ayre is a bona fide parrilla, just as good as one you’d find in South America.”

Hardens’s – UK’s Most Authoritative Restaurant Reviews

“Deepest Hackney masquerades convincingly as Buenos Aires”, at this “cracking” ‘parillada’ (grill restaurant), which serves up “huge” and “perfectly-cooked” steaks at “bargain” prices.”

10 years of London Food / Evening Standard

Fay Maschler mentions Buen Ayre as one
of the best things to happen to London in the 90’s

See Buen Ayre in the BBC’s Olive magazine. December 2009 issue
“Celebrate Christmas the Argentine way”

Para Ti (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – 3/07/2009

”Una parrilla very british (spanish)”

London Evening Standart, 27/02/2009

”Best BBQ’s in London”

The Times (London) – 27/09/2008

“This is the Buenos Aires expat John Rattagan’s temple 
to quality Argentine steak”

Channel 4 – 16/07/2008

Chimicurri sauce recipe

Channel 4 – 27/06/2008

10 things you’ve never cooked on a barbecue

Time Out’s Eating & Drinking Guide 2008

Time Out’s Hot 100


Recommended by Square Meal

The London Paper, 14/11/2007

“The best restaurant to eat steak”
 Feargus O’Sullivan

The Independent (London) – Saturday 25 Nov, 2006
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Our critics choose their favourite places of 2006

View London – Monday 9 Oct, 2006

”This steakhouse is the closest London gets to Argentina.”

The Independent (London) – Saturday 3 Jun, 2006

“The end of my quest took me to deepest Hackney in search 
of the legendary Santa Maria Del Buen Ayre”

Metro Life (London) – Friday 15 July, 2005

”When that meat-eating itch needs scratching, Santa Maria
is a pretty good place to do it.” Charles Campion

Metro (London) – Wednesday 1st June, 2005
“A massive bife de chorizo (sirloin) and a fillet were both resoundingly good: deeply flavoured, wht the yielding, velvety quality of the well-hung.” Marina O’Loughlin

The Independent Magazine (London) – Saturday 7 May, 2005
“They’re the kind of places you can go into in bloody overalls and expect a friendly reception and the Argentinian staff here certainly manage that. ” Thomas Sutcliffe

Telegraph Weekend (London) – Saturday 23 April, 2005 

“We love the bowls of chimichurri sauce…” Jan Moir

Evening Standard (London) – Wednesday 13 April 2005

”Santa Maria del Buen Ayre adds its particular ethnicity to a burgeoning 
group of restaurans in Broadway Market” Fay Maschler

Time Out (London) – Issue no.1806, March 30/April 6, 2005

“There are few worthwhile Argentinian restaurants in London, 
and this one’s a purler.” Ruth Jarvis