Restaurant review: Buenos Aires restaurant, Purley

By - Wednesday 14th January, 2015

Anglo-Argentine Croydonian Anne Giles enjoys authentic cuisine on a day of national tradition

6-8 Tudor Court, Russell Hill Road, Purley CR8 2LA

Time from East Croydon: 15 minutes /  25 minutes 60 or 466 or from Purley station:  3 minutes


Sirloin steak with French fries.
Photo author’s own.

My husband Steve and I decided to celebrate ‘The Three Kings’ on 6th January. This is a day which is celebrated in all Spanish-speaking countries, when children are said to have presents left inside their shoes by the Three Wise Men from the Christian story of the nativity of Jesus. There is also a special cake made too. We decided, therefore, that the Buenos Aires would be a good place to eat out.

There is a new manager there now – an Ecuadorian by the name of Diego Parra. He greeted us in Spanish as soon as we walked in and asked us where we would like to sit. He was very chatty and friendly. The lady behind the bar also spoke to us in Spanish. She was from Mar del Plata, one of the most upmarket seaside resorts in Argentina.

Creme caramel with dulce de leche. Photo author’s own.

Initially, we asked for two tonics and Diego also brought us their usual bread rolls and chimichurri. This is a sauce made from chopped fresh parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes. One puts a little on the bread, but it can also be used on the steaks as well. We never ask for any of their starters, as the main courses are very filling. We therefore went straight for the steaks – bife de chorizo, which is a sirloin steak, cooked medium rare and accompanied by French fries. They were incredibly tender and almost melted in one’s mouth. These were washed down with a glass each of Tapiz malbec/shiraz – our favourite red wine.

We always ask for the same dessert – flan con dulce de leche (crème caramel topped with caramel spread) and they brought us very generous portions.

We finished with an espresso each and a free glass of port! The total bill came to £73.70, which also included the service charge. I can’t wait to go there again.

Anne Giles

Anne Giles

I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the daughter of an Anglo-Argentine mother and English father. I went to an English school and worked for a British company out there before coming to live in the U.K. I spent many years teaching Spanish in adult education in various centres in Croydon Borough and have got to know so many different areas – North and South. We have been living in Selsdon since 1989 and I love it. I feel passionately about Croydon and have spent many years writing blogs – firstly for the Croydon Advertiser, then the Croydon Guardian, and eventually my own blog entitled “The Good Life in Croydon”. I am very much involved in the community, attending regular meetings with the Croydon Community Police Consultative Group and am also a member of the British Transport Police PACT (Police & Community Together) Team.

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