Casa Malevo brings an exciting taste of the verdant Argentinean pampas to London’s chic new dining destination, Connaught Village. Behind the venture are native Argintineans Diego Jacquet and Alberto Abbate.
Head chef, Jacquet cut his teeth at Ferran Adria’s renowned El Bulli in Roses Spain and more recently New York’s Aquavit and London’s Trafalgar and Zetter Hotels. “I have spent the past 15 years cooking at some of the most exciting restaurants in the world with some fantastic chefs – but I do miss the food of my homeland,” he says. “It has always been my dream to open an authentic Argentine restaurant and when this opportunity arose I had to jump at it.”
Restaurateur, Alberto Abbate created restaurants Santa Maria del Sur, which was a runner up for Best Local Restaurant in Gordon Ramsay's The F-Word, and Garufa, runner-up for Time Out’s Best Local Restaurant award of last year. The duo were inspired by the desire to bring honest and truthful ‘Cocina Argentina’ to the UK, opening up the different regions of the country from Patagonia and Salta to the Pampas and Mendoza.
Expect a delicious array of empanadas salteñas – savoury pastries, mollejas al verdeo – grilled sweetbreads with spring onions, bacon and lemon and, of course, plenty of prime Argentine beef. No Argentine menu would be complete without traditional dulce de leche which the boys serve crème brulée style with banana split ice cream. All wines are produced in Argentina as well and the majority will be available by the 375ml carafe so guests can sample a variety of the country’s grapes alongside its cuisine.
Chris Kearns of ck-id is responsible for the décor at Casa Malevo and scoured the country’s markets for unique feature items that reflect Argentina’s cultural diversity of with its eclectic mix of European and South American heritage.