I had not read about Siga la Vaca (Follow the Cow) when researching Buenos Aires steak house options.
In fact it wasn’t until Marcello from Wandering Trader wrote on my Facebook page that I had to go, and Rease‘s friend Jorge saw the note and offered to organize an outing, that I realized the restaurant was a cultural institution.
This is not your typical steakhouse experience. A tenedor libre it is favoured by locals because the all you can eat location is absolute carnage.
For $29 each person gets one bottle of red wine and all you can eat meat. There is a salad bar but no one bothers with it.
While I have eaten more than my fair share of steak, it appealed to me because Argentina has many more different cuts of meat than in Canada.
At Siga la Vaca they offered beef, pork, chicken along with chorizo and blood sausage with generous portions of chimichurri sauce.
Men stand at a counter and you order whatever you like and can come back as many times as you want.
And I went back many, many, many times.
I don’t recommend the pork.
I have been spoiled by delicious pig and it doesn’t come close here, but then again it isn’t called Follow the Pig. I didn’t bother trying to chicken, I know what roast chicken tastes like.
But I ate an incredible amount of meat: asado, vasio, matambre, colita de cuadril, pechito, lomo, the list goes on and on…
They aren’t the best cuts of meat but they are good, and if you want pricier cuts like bife de chorizo you can simply ask for a special order at no additional charge.
And then I hit a wall.
I tried the kidney, when I know I don’t like kidney (there are only 4 things in the world I don’t like: green peppers, eggplant, liver AND kidney).
It smelled like death and tasted awful.
As the others continued along happily the smell and look of meat absolutely repulsed me.
I realized I had gorged on enough at this Buenos Aires steak house and it was time to make a dent in my bottle of wine.
The night ended with chocolate mousse for dessert and my meat repulsion subsided.