Che Pibe Argentinian Grill

by KimHo on September 18, 2009 · 12 comments under: Food,Restaurant,Travel

Che, Pibe Argentinian Grill
11040 Pembroke Road
Miramar, FL
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Out of the meals I have had so far in Miramar, most of you might think: “hey, your overall experience was below par, eh?”. Again, as mentioned in my post yesterday of Eddie Hill’s Sushi Thai, there was a great meal and the main dish was ceviche. However, it won’t be blogged for personal reasons. Given the case, I will be straight to the point: the meal at Che Pibe Argentinian Grill was great…

When I read the name of the restaurant, I already had an idea of what to expect: meat. I know, I know, the “grill” part of the name should have told me that already. True; however, it was the Argentinian part that got me salivating. See, despite all the cattle in the US, the Americans are NOT the largest meat consumers per capita. No sir… Yes, you guessed it, Argentinians can claim that title with over 60Kg of beef per capita; while the Americans are way behind with just over 40Kg. So, when you eat so much beef, you ought to know how to cook it, right? Well, yes and no. Depending on how you like your beef, you might be in good hands or it might be a disappointment. In my case, I was in for the adventure!

One thing that can’t be denied from this restaurant is its odd location: it was hidden in the far side of a mall. In fact, I got myself lost trying to get there! Fortunately, I did a U-turn (unlike us here, it seems that is allowed as signs explicitly tells you that) an was able to spot it. Since it is in a far corner, it wasn’t that big (10 or so tables?) but, at least, the decoration made it feel warm (and I am not referring to the 30C/90F outside!).

When you are given this knife as part of the “default” set of cutlery, there are no questions about what you will be up for…

One thing you should notice from the previous pictures is that bottle of wine on the table but, alas, there was none in the table I chose to sat (I was told I could sit anywhere). However, one thing that partially made me shake my head was that bottle of catsup. Now, I am sure it was because *somebody* would ask for it (or its partner in crime, the H1 sauce). But, c’mon, if somebody prepares a steak well (not referring to the done-ness, of course), there shouldn’t be the need for this condiment! Heck, specially considering when the Argentinians have even a better condiment for that! And what that is? Chimichurri!

Yes, that mix of parsley, garlic, chili peppers flakes and olive oil. It is one of those sauces that you can use on almost any meat, heck, even some vegetables like potatoes, and will heighten the output. In this case, while I did not think I tasted too much the garlic; the parsley, at least, was noticeable and gave some contrast for the main dish to come. And, talking about that dish, after making my order (I must add I did not use my Spanish while on the restaurant), I was given some bread.

A quick poll here: how do you like your complimentary bread? Do you like the fluffy light version where you can flatten it or do you like the hard crusty breads? Sometimes it boils down to what you are eating but here it was extremely light. It won’t surprise me if it was loaded with yeast. However, I won’t complain here because of what I ordered. One thing that really caught my attention is that container of butter on the back. While not really noticeable, that was a lot of butter! However, even better, it was soft and easily spreadable. I haven’t had butter like that in a while! Alas, my love for chimichurri was more than what the butter could take and ended up having the rest of the bread with chimichurri! And now, finally, the main dish…

It was so large I couldn’t fit everything in a single picture! Listed as an Argentine Grill/Parrillada Argentina for one, you can call it an asado. OK, that might be exaggerating a little bit as it did not have that endless type of meats. However, it did contain: sirloin, ribs, sausage, chicken, sweetbread and kidney with the option of one side. That one side ended up being yuca/fried cassava (actually, when ordering, I did not care too much about it, as I was all in for the meat. But, ended up going for the yuca because, well, I haven’t had that in a while). If I had to guess, I would say there was easily 700 grams (1.5 pounds?), if not a full kilogram (2.2 pounds) of food. So, after snapping my pictures, I started to dig in…

I started with the sweetbread which is the thymus gland or pancreas of a lamb or calf. Lightly fried, it had a small “snap” while biting into it. And, again, the chimichurri made wonders. Then I sliced some sausage, which ended up being similar to chorizo and it was good, though I wish it was a bit more seasoned. The sirloin, originally they asked if I wanted it well done but I told them medium rare, ended up being on the medium side. No harm, though, as it was still quite juicy. The ribs were a bit fatty so that was a bit of a disappointment but not by much. One thing I must mention here is that the beef wasn’t marinated at all, as a result, it had a bit more of a meatier taste. And, again, chimichurri? :D The chicken, though, was disappointing. It was overdone and lacked much taste. Sure, the chimichurri managed to salvage it; however, I think I would have been fine without it.

Notice something strange? Specifically, notice I made no mention of the kidney. Well, it just happened they ran out of it and, in lieu of the kidney, I was given more sweetbread! Now, if it wasn’t because I ask about it, they would have easily overlooked that part. Slightly disappointed but no harm done. (I will have to say, though, similar to liver, in my experience, kidney is quite tricky. I think if they couldn’t get good kidney or did not have enough time to clean it correctly, it would have been better not to serve it).

While I was a bit hungry that night, even then, I couldn’t finish everything. I did finish the sweetbread and chorizo and a good part of the sirloin and ribs. Chicken, well, not that I cared much. Opposed to that horrendous meal at Sushi Thai, I left really happy – or as we say in Spanish: barriga llena, corazón contento.

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