There’s nothing I love more than discovering hidden gems around the city – especially in our small Lebanon where people are programmed to think that they already know everyone and everything in the country. Little did I expect to find a little piece of Argentine goodness discreetly tucked away in the heart of Gemmayzeh. Its sister venue, El Gardel, is certainly popular among bar-hoppers – especially Salsa dancers, but La Estancia is the one that won my heart because of my love for good food. I was surprised that not much people know about it, so I decided to give you a glimpse of what to expect when you go there because you simply can’t miss out on this restaurant.
Meat lovers will cherish this place and congratulate themselves for trying it out. It’s a dimly lit, cozy little venue right above El Gardel with a charming rooftop terrace that opens up during warmer seasons. Its earthy colors make you feel right at home and it’s as comfortable as can be. This is good news for those of you who want to treat your palate to something spectacular without having to endure two hours in a stuffy and pretentious setting. The staff is extremely welcoming and friendly; don’t hesitate to let your waiter recommend certain specialties for you – you won’t regret it.
The food is simply sublime! La Estancia is a steakhouse that specializes in Argentine cuisine, with top quality Argentine meat and ingredients. After ordering a nice bottle of Argentinean red wine, I recommend that you don’t waste time ordering appetizers, but go straight to ordering the meat assortment platter than can feed up to three people. Indulge in different cuts of beef, pork and lamb. Simply remembering how delicious it looked and how succulent it tasted makes my mouth water. The grilled veggies on the side are very tasty as well. Leave room for the dessert though, because the Dulce de Leche pancake is the one dessert that I can truly call orgasmic! You will not resist expressing how much you’re enjoying it and you won’t care how many people may hear you. It’s simply heavenly!
This venue is laidback, casual, cozy, comfortable and overall enjoyable. Whether you choose to go there on a date, with friends or with family, you are sure to enjoy it – as long as you’re a carnivore! I recommend you try it out for dinner, after which you can hop to the nearest bar for a drink and make a night out of it.
Dress code is smart casual
Price per person is approximately 60 USD.
For Reservation: +961 1 448 447
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