Leña Restaurante – Ginger Yerba Mate Tea

Lena-tea

About the drink: Absolutely loved that it came in a pot! The places that do this are the best 😀 Because it came in a steel (?) pot, the tea remained warm for a long time.

Being the great tea lover & drinker that I am, 1 cup is never enough. This tea was of good quality. I could taste the matcha and ginger, but I would say that the ginger was more of a latent, subtle flavour. Good if you’re looking for mate tea with a twist (and health benefits!) Ginger is amazing for digestion and colds, and yerba mate helps focus.

About the place: See post Leña Restaurante – Charred Veal Carpaccio.

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Leña Restaurante – Albacore Tuna

Tuna

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About the meal: Ingredients – salt-roasted potato, caramelized onions, olive

The tuna was not served very warm. I also think there could’ve been a little more seasoning on the fish prior to cooking. I personally quite enjoyed the way it was cooked, seared on the outside and raw on the inside – I personally prefer tuna cooked that was, I find that the rawness adds juiciness and chewiness. Cooked tuna looses some of its flavour. I have to admit though, this is not for everyone (and the waitress didn’t ask me how I wanted my dish cooked, so some of you might be surprised!)

The potatoes and caramelized onions were a good side for the tuna, and the drizzle of olive oil also added a flair of mediterranean flavour. The mashed olive flesh was an interesting feature to add, and to my surprise went really well with the tuna – almost like it gave it more character. Very unique!

I wasn’t a fan of the accompanying greens, they were quite bitter; but I’m sure it was a very healthy option!

About the place: See post Leña Restaurante – Charred Veal Carpaccio.

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Leña Restaurante – Panqueques

Panequeques

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About the meal: Ingredients – dulce de leche crêpes, crème fraîche, charred orange

This was a good idea, whoever came up with this. I wasn’t a fan of the crepe texture, it didn’t taste like it was fresh out of the pan, probably preserved in the fridge. But I loved the fact that the dessert wasn’t too sweet. The oranges weren’t sweet but rather bitter, kind of like marmelade made with orange skins. I’m not sure whether this was intentional but I found that it killed the taste for me. Conclusion, maybe the orange would’ve been a better complement if it was infused in the dulce de leche? My suggestion to the chef 😉

About the place: See post Leña Restaurante – Charred Veal Carpaccio.

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Leña Restaurante – Charred Veal Carpaccio

CHARRED VEAL CARPACCIO

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About the meal: Ingredients – charred veal, roasted red pepper, pickled pearl onion, jalapeño & caper crema.

The veal wasn’t very flavourful, I could almost taste the raw meatiness of it. However the caramelized onions & pickled vegetables added a sweet and sour twist that went well with it. The creaminess was also a great complement and made the dish more savoury. The peppers gave the dish a bit of a soggy texture, but added a necessary umps which elevated and paired very well with the pickled taste.

About the place: I went alone and was given a seat with a large table and a great view of the whole restaurant – amazing for people watching or reading! It’s a great place for a business lunch or to bring a date, but it was a tiny bit loud if you’re trying to have a conversation without yelling. The decor was amazing, everything looked clean and in its place, and the servers were well mannered. I was seated in the dining area during this visit.

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