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Argentine in TO?

hungry_pangolin May 16, 2007 09:23 AM

Does anyone know of any good, traditional Argentine restaurants in Toronto? I'd be especially interested if they have a serious wine list, as I'm keen on (old-style) malbec. Cheers, 'hounds!

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  1. mikeb RE: hungry_pangolin May 16, 2007 10:01 AM

    Sky Ranch is on Dufferin and Castlefield. I haven't been for a while, but it was good.


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      hungry_pangolin RE: mikeb May 19, 2007 01:56 PM

      Thanks, mikeb. I just checked the website, which didn't offer much detail. Do you remember anything about the wine list?

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        piggywiggy RE: hungry_pangolin Jun 1, 2007 04:28 PM

        I would love to hear about it. The question is whether they serve proper grass fed Argentine beef. With all the crazy beef bans going on, it's unlikely.

        Perhaps they get their beef from some of the ON farms that do grass only.

        1. re: piggywiggy
          YummyYummy RE: piggywiggy Jun 2, 2007 01:41 AM

          Yeah, I believe it's just Argentinian cuisine with the Latin barbecuing secrets of the grill. The beef is definitely Canadian graded.

          I was hoping to have an amazing backyard BBQ when I came back from South America and was spoiled with the most delicious Argentinian steaks there. Honestly, I've had absolutely no luck finding grass-fed Argentine beef in Toronto. Spoke to several experienced butchers here and learned that the Government of Canada does not allow Argentine beef into our country.

          If anyone knows any secret loopholes around this. Do tell...

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            piggywiggy RE: YummyYummy Jun 2, 2007 05:57 AM

            Check out www.eatwild.com/products/canada.htm

            It lists some farms in ON that produce grass fed beef. That will taste more like the beef you had in Argentina. But we do have different cattle breeds too.

            1. re: piggywiggy
              YummyYummy RE: piggywiggy Jun 2, 2007 08:47 AM

              The link above doesn't seem to be working. :(

              I actually have a BBQ to go to tonight and I'm probably gonna picking up some grass fed beef at either Cumbrae's on Church Street or The Healthy Butcher on Queen Street West.

              1. re: YummyYummy
                jayt90 RE: YummyYummy Jun 14, 2007 03:34 PM

                It's not necessary to spend a small fortune on the cuts Cumbrae's keep up front. I ask for a thick cut shoulder steak, near the rib, and they cut it in the back, at $10/lb. Delicious.

        2. re: hungry_pangolin
          mikeb RE: hungry_pangolin Jun 2, 2007 10:13 AM

          Sorry don't remember much about the wine list. When we chatted with the waitress she mentioned that they were going to try to source or make their own wine made from Argentine grapes--kind of like a lot of Ontario non-VQA wine.

          For those who are looking for beef, you could try http://www.naturalbeefdistribution.com/ They are from Argentina's neighbour Uruguay and their beef is grass fed etc.

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            piggywiggy RE: mikeb Jun 2, 2007 10:40 AM

            Looks like they have a shop at 1244 Yonge (Summerhill). I'm definitely going for grass fed tri-tip!

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              YummyYummy RE: piggywiggy Jun 3, 2007 08:37 AM

              Yeah, I first heard about this store with beef products from Uruguay from this article:


              I'm definitely going to try this place as a substitute for Argentinian steaks for the time being.

              Yesterday, we spent a fortune at Cumbrae's buying local grass-fed beef products. It was alright, but I'm still trying to find the orgasmic perfect bliss I remember from the delicious taste of Argentine steaks in South America.

              Can't wait to try this beef from Uruguay. Hopefully, it'll bring me back to heaven...LOL

              If anyone tries it before me. Please give us all a review. Thanks! ;)

              1. re: YummyYummy
                piggywiggy RE: YummyYummy Jun 3, 2007 08:50 AM

                YY: Did you have the fried egg on your steak in AR? That's one of my fondest memories: steak with a fried egg on top, fresh cut fries and a cold beer. It was 1988, I was 15 and I can still taste it! I think it cost about 2 bucks.

              2. re: piggywiggy
                YummyYummy RE: piggywiggy Jun 11, 2007 11:04 AM

                Oh man, I'm so pissed off!!! I dropped by the 1244 Yonge Street store and they are friggin' out of business. CLOSED. :( I was really looking forward to trying the beef from Uruguay to perhaps substitute and recapture my fond memories of the best steaks I've ever eaten in my entire life.

                Who can help me now???

                BTW, yeah I did have some of my Argentinian steaks with a fried egg and beer. LOL

                1. re: YummyYummy
                  estufarian RE: YummyYummy Jun 12, 2007 04:14 PM

                  No they're not closed. They're renovating and the temporary store is just north (opposite the Summerhill Liquor store) in a temporary building. They will be open from Thursday.

                  1. re: estufarian
                    YummyYummy RE: estufarian Jun 14, 2007 10:14 PM

                    BTW, both his Toronto and Mississauga business phone lines are out of service. Only way to try this beef from Uruguay is by home delivery and calling his cell.

                    I got an email reply from the owner Daniel Zefferino just yesterday...

                    I'll just cut and paste what he sent me.

                    Hi, thank you for your email and your interest in our beef.
                    Yes. our store in Yonge, are closed but I have a HOME DELIVERY, please give me a call back to my cell: 647-999-9549 for information,


                    1. re: estufarian
                      Snarf RE: estufarian Jun 15, 2007 06:05 AM

                      I think you must be thinking of Olliffe, which is temporarily housed in a portable unit in Scrivener Square with All the Best, while the thieves' building is being renovated. The Argentine place was north of the bridge, and is definitely closed.

                    2. re: YummyYummy
                      mikeb RE: YummyYummy Jun 14, 2007 09:58 AM

                      As estufarian says, they are still nearby. You can also call their Mississauga line.

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