Quaint Icon Village in Tanjong Pager has seen quite a few additions, most interesting is SALTA Argentine Parrilla & Grocer. With mainly Italian grocer restaurants prevalent, SALTA is a nice change as it’s the first Argentine grocer in Singapore. Brought in by Far East Organization’s food and beverage arm – Kitchen Language, SALTA is named after a picturesque Argentine city famous in South America for its food, especially beef. Of the seven fires of Argentine cooking, SALTA brings you the Parrilla, a five-metre long charcoal fired grill standing as the spectacular centerpiece of the restaurant. SALTA wants to bring vibrant Argentine culture and food for diners to experience a culinary taste of this fascinating country.
Start your meal with a signature Argentinean dish, Empanadas ($8, three pieces) which are pastries filled with meat and vegetables like ham and cheese Pollo chicken, lamb and tomato or roquefort cheese and celery. If you have a bigger party, you can go for an empanadas basket , Cabasta de empanadas ($20/8 pieces, $40/16 pieces), which includes nine different flavours. If you like sausages, have the Variedad de Chorizos ($30 or $18-Half portion). The grilled pork, veal and spicy sausages with marinated capsicum, arugula and lemon vignaigrette are tasty and great as a starter for sharing. Other starters include home-made chargilled foie-gras terrine of Terrina de Foie-Gras ($24), 50g Jamón Ibérico ($23) Iberian ham, Matambre ($16) stuffed beef roulade with mushrooms and Mejillones al Vino Blanco ($20) black mussels in white wine, garlic and cream sauce.
Meats are the star here. Enjoy premium Argentine beef which are directly imported in generous portions. Tuck guilt free into free range grassfed healthier meat with less saturated fats, packed with cancer preventing Vitamin B and other nutrients. Take your pick of 300g Lomo ($38) tenderloin, 300g Ojo de Bife ($37) ribeye, 350g Bife de Chorizo ($35) sirloin and a whopping 400g Tira de Asado ($38) beef short ribs. Served with only a touch of salt and olive oil to better enjoy the full natural flavour, the succulent juicy lean beef is a delightful treat. If you want gamier meat, go for the Costillas de Cordero ($35) lamb chops.
Another taste worthy dish is the excellent Solomillo de Cerdo ($28). This black hog pork loin is grilled to juicy robust perfection, almost as satisfying as having a steak with the same nice chargrilled flavour. For the carnivore who wants a bite of everything, the Parrillada ($81 for 2, $145 for 4) will be the dish for you. It’s a platter of mixed grill of short ribs, beef skirt, chicken, black hog pork, mixed sausage, lamb rack with vegetables and potatoes, enough to feed two to four people. If you prefer something extra to go with your meat, you can add Complementos ($3-4), a light flavourful toppings of iberian ham butter, blue-cheese butter or porcini mushroom butter. Round off your meal with a side of Batatas Fritas ($5) or savoury sweet potato fries ($5).
If you can still have room for dessert, you don’t want to miss the signature Argentinean sweets like Panqueque ($14) crepe with vanilla ice-cream, creme caramel Flan de Dulce de Leche ($12) and the home-made Ice Cream ($8, 2 scopes) where there’s an unusual goat cheese flavour for those with an adventurous taste buds.
SALTA is a nice and cosy restaurant tucked in one corner. It also has two private dining rooms that seat 10 people and can be combined to host 24 people, for private parties and events. Besides good food, we also like their no service charge policy. And if you decided to try your hand at cooking up an Argentinean meal at home, SALTA also has a grocer where you can buy some Argentinean products home.
SALTA Argentine Parrilla & Grocer
#01-56 Icon Village, 12 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078877
Tel: 6225 8443
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12.00pm-2.30pm, 6.00pm-10.30pm
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