STEAK house

The sizzle, the steak and the setting of Argentina by Owen Rice


what’s so refreshing about the SE1 steakhouse, Constancia, is that they are experts in great Argentinian beef, grilled over charcoal and served with authentic steak garnishes.

Most pubs and restaurants offer a standard range of English and international dishes but it’s worth visiting a specialist when you really know what you want.

Walking along Tanner Street the scent of summer drifted up from sun baked paving stones and I realised it had been some time since I had enjoyed this kind of heat in London. At the corner of Tanner Street and Tower Bridge Road I stepped inside Constancia and instantly knew that the steak here was going to be a cut above the rest.

Classic Empanadas, gently fried with the subtle flavours of beef, olives and chopped egg, make for a fresh and light starter. Meanwhile, the sausage black pudding is an incredibly moist and zingy option, served with apple and green leaves. Following the range of delicate starters, prepare yourself for a real meat feast.

When the 11oz rib eye steak arrives on the table it’s juicy, tasty and perfectly seasoned. Argentinians know their beef.

Sebastian, the owner from Buenos Aires, spent a few years working at Borough Market after completing his degree in Argentina. He knows his suppliers as friends as well as colleagues – and their fresh fruit and vegetables are an asset to the menu, as is the house wine; a strong, full of flavour, heady red from the high altitude vineyards of Mendoza.

Constancia’s interior is refined yet relaxed. Families drop in and take their regular tables and you can tell that this place has got its proposition just right. That’s why people keep coming back. You know what you’re going to get, you know it’s going to be a good price and the ambiance is pure Steakhouse.

A dessert of the toffee cheesecake accompanied by a Monmouth roasted espresso completed the picture, and my fill. As the scent of another tender steak sizzling on the grill wafted over I wished I had room to order another, but alas I didn’t have the time, or the space!

52 Tanner Street
t: 020 7234 0676

“Juicy, tasty and perfectly seasoned

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