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

    http://skyranch.sites.toronto.com/hom...

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    1. re: mikeb

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

      1. re: hungry_pangolin

        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

          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...

          1. re: YummyYummy

            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

              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

                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

          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.

          1. re: mikeb

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

            1. re: piggywiggy

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

              http://www.torontolife.com/features/h...

              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

                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

                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

                  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

                    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,
                    Rgds

                    Daniel

                    1. re: estufarian

                      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

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