Back when it first opened, I went to Fiesta del Asado for a meal with family to celebrate my birthday and had a fantastic time. I’d been meaning to go back for a while, so when the opportunity to visit this Argentinean steakhouse again arose, I decided to see if it was as good as I remembered, literally by ordering the exact same three dishes as before.
With a monsoon-like downpour releasing itself from the skies, it was nice to walk into a restaurant that felt warm, friendly and vibrant. As a contrast to when I visited years ago, all the tables were full, but the staff still checked our table was suitable – it was by a radiator and having been stood outside in the wind and rain, I considered it the best table in the house that night. We were given menus, which were reassuring familiar so I decided to see if they’d managed to sustain the excellent standards I’d experienced on my birthday and ordered the exact same three courses as before.
After taking our orders, bread and vinegar and oil were brought to the table for us to nibble on before our starters arrived. I had the Chistorra Artysan, lean pork flavoured with smoked paprika and garlic. Pork and paprika are always a good combination and this was no different; the sausage had a nice texture and wasn’t too fatty, although had a lovely amber-oiliness from the paprika. Andrew had the Morcilla curada, a traditionally-smoked black sausage with paprika and sweet caramelised onion, which he too said had a nice flavour.
For main I went for the grilled rack of lamb, Costillas de cordero. I like my lamb a little pink and I was pleased to see this is how it arrived – although last time I was here a family member requested for it to be cooked a little longer and they were happy to oblige. The lamb had a lovely seasoning which complimented rather than overpower, and the meat effortlessly came away from the bone. It was as good as I remembered. Andrew’s steak was also beautifully cooked too, medium-rare as he’d requested. We shared a portion of fries with parsley and garlic, and vegetables between us, which I think was ample given we were having three courses.
For dessert it had to be the Santiago Tart which was a mix of almonds and amaretto that you’d think might be overkill but had a lovely flavour, and whilst the pastry was crisp I did find the filling a little sticky, which I’m not entirely sure I liked. Andrew’s empanada dessert was a little on the small side compared to my tart but plenty flavoursome.
Whilst the weather outside may well have been frightful, the trip to Fiesta del Asado was indeed delightful. The atmosphere has a great sense of conviviality, the staff are hospitable and knowledgeable without being patronising, and the food is excellent. Similar to its sister venue Raja Monkey, this Argentinean steakhouse might not be located in the most interesting of places in Birmingham but it’s the sort of place you could happily spend the evening enjoying their hospitality.
Disclosure: I was invited to Fiesta del Asado by their PR team, with the meal being complimentary in exchange for an honest review – I wasn’t obliged to write anything positive. The PR team definitely didn’t pay for my birthday dinner years ago, that was my mum and her husband and they certainly don’t make me say anything nice unless I mean it. Which you can imagine makes for great entertainment round the dinner table at Christmas.