Food & Drink
[Review] Los Fuegos: eat like a gaúcho
The capital gets a tantalizing new Argentine barbeque restaurant
Hanoi’s gentle sweep towards international city status has seen the new opening of another dedicated Argentinian restaurant. Los Fuegos is a steak and grill specializing in the asado style of cooking (and eating), with stacks of dry wood used to fuel a large hand built oven and grill, to slowly cook prime cuts of meat. This barbeque style has been used by gauchos roaming the plains of La Pampa for hundreds of years, and we certainly appreciated the pared down simplicity of the restaurant’s food and style.
The restaurant, only two months old, has been two years in the making under the guidance of gregarious owner and manager Milo.
Open-plan with lots of exposed brick-work and wood, Los Fuegos provides a low-key, casual ambiance ideal for small groups, with just the right amount of mood lighting to make it work for a date. The menu is straightforward and meat heavy, led by cuts of steak imported from Australia, from 200 grams of wagyu rump at 280,000 VND to tenderloin at 650,000 VND for the same amount. For those not feeling beefy, Iberico pork ribs and lamb shoulder steaks are available.
“Los Fuegos provides a low-key, casual ambiance ideal for small groups, with just the right amount of mood lighting to make it work for a date.”
Only in the mood for snacks, we opted for the buffalo skewers, which were tender and juicy (70,000 VND) and the wagyu meat balls (90,000 VND) to start. The food was a touch under-seasoned presumably to let the meat ‘speak for itself,’ but this was offset by a good range of chimichurri sauces made on-site, given generously alongside every dish.
This was followed up by a portion of bacon and cheese empanadas (45,000/85,000 VND). We also ordered the beef ones, reminiscent in taste and look, of miniature Cornish pasties. It was all washed down by a couple of liters of Czech lager served in ice-cold metal flagons (100,000 VND per liter), though dozens of good quality wines are offered.
Considering Los Fuegos has only been open a few weeks, it is doing a superb job and we predict it will become a regular fixture for meat lovers across the city. Recommended.
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