Norberto's Buenos Aires is located on the classy side of town, in fact it is located on Hutt Street. A street on the east side of the city with many nice restaurants and cafes. Norberto is the chef there and he's the first chef to bring Argentinian food to Adelaide. He created Gauchos on Gouger Street, taught the people there how to cook and then came back. In fact he's so good that he's opened his sixth Argentinian restaurant in Adelaide. The restaurant offers a mixture of cuisines, Spanish, Italian, French and of course Argentinian.
We had made a reservation earlier on, and lucky we did. It was jam packed within a few minutes we arrived. There were quite a few tables inside the restaurant, but they were put fairly close to each other, so there was not much room to move around. There were a couple of waiter and waitress working on the night, and they weren't sure of a few items on the menu nor how to deal with BYO, I was sure they must have been new staff members, at least they smiled the whole way. All the other staff members were very friendly.
There was a nice list of wines to choose from and the bottles weren't too overly priced. The menu was like reading a book, it was very extensive and you could spend ten minutes reading the menu.
Not long later, the waiter came to tell us the specials for the night. A lot of the main courses could be served as entrees.
We ordered the octopus as an entree, as you can tell by the picture, it was a quite small serve. Octopus tentacles were chargrilled with chimichurri, an Argentinian sauce made of olive oil, lemon juice, fennel and garlic. We could slice our knife right through the tentacles, they were just so tender and sweet. Two of them were just not enough, we wished we ordered the main course to have as entree. I must say the food there was a little over priced. Two of the tentacles which were shorter than the palms of my hand costed us $24.90. For a lot of places, that would be the price that you pay for a main course. I suppose sometimes it's the quality and not quantity. The tentacles were delicious though, a great way to open up our appetites.
Yummy homemade chimchurri sauce!!
Both the steak and the chicken were served on wooden chopping boards. The steak was a 500gm quality marble T-bone. I deliberately didn't request any special sauce on the steak. Fresh garlic and herb were sufficient enough to bring out the taste of the T-bone. It was cooked to perfection, medium-rare and just how I liked it. There was chimchurri sauces on each table, a savoury and a hot one and we could have as much sauce as we wanted at no extra charge. This saved around $8.00 for each of the sauces if we would have had to order some other sauces. Of course the chimchurri sauce was available to buy to take home.
Half a chicken was also marinated with chimchurri sauce, the meat was very juicy and tender. It was very pleasant to eat. I couldn't get more than enough of the chimchurri sauce. It was just so tasty.
Just the meats would have been a bit bland, so we decided to order some stir fried vegetables. It also came with spanish chips, they were chucks of potatoes chopped up to cubes. All of them were seasoned with Spanish Parika, garlic and rock salt. They were very generous with the servings. It was full was colours and I really enjoyed eating it.
Last but not least, there was always room for dessert. The presentation of the creme brûlée was not exquisite as I expected, but it was lip smacking good. The layer of hard caramel on top of the creme brûlée was crispy burnt and it was very thin. When I used the spoon, taped it gently and I was able to crack it open. I have had some at other restaurants were I couldn't even poke through the sugar with a spoon. The custard base was infused with lemon and vanilla essence was nice and rich. This dessert was irresistible.
The restaurant served high quality food, and do come prepared. They offer a BYO option and it was only $15. If you don't want a big hole in your wallet after you have dined here, one of the tips would be to bring you own bottle of wine. It is definitely worth it.
Despite the pricey meal, I loved it and I am sure I will go back and dine again in the near future.