The term ‘Cholita’ is not uncontroversial. A Cholo or Chola (feminine) is a mixed race person, with part of that mix being South American Indian/indigenous.  However, the diminutive form (the addition of ‘ita’ or ‘little’) has been reclaimed as a badge of honour. The BBC has an article about it here.

Quite what this has to do with naming a steak restaurant by-passed me utterly.  Was this maybe a fusion place, or was there a mix of ethnic foods available? Not that I could tell.

While my dear chums at the Apart San Diego hotel (chums we were not) would not check me in to my noise-infested hovel/room until after 2pm, some nibbles were the order of the day.

First impressions are pretty good – it’s a long, high room and the red and yellow colour scheme is appealing in Spanish sort of way.

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Like many restaurants on this street (Rodriguez Peña), there are baskets full of crayons for anyone to draw on their tablecloth. They’re paper so it’s all good :).

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There is a cubierto or cover charge of about $40 pesos (£2 / $2.50) and for that you get an enormous and very heavy bread roll with a small pat of butter. If you like doughy white bread, you’re all set.

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I ordered a glass of red wine and it came in a penguin pitcher, a pinguino!  Apparently it’s a ‘thing’ in Buenos Aires.  They come in various sizes (enough for a glass, carafe, bottle) and are fairly charming (even if I struggled over Snapchat to work out with friends which animal was being represented!).

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This is what jet lag will do to you!

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Since it’s Argentina, I ordered steak.  In fact, this was the only time in TWO WEEKS that I had steak.  The meat was great, don’t get me wrong, but it was so overcooked…

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Steaks are served as part of a carb fest – chips and rice with tiny veggies.  That was the best bit, to be honest. Hmmm, maybe I’ll go back one more time?

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I struggled with the waiter to have him understand my attempts at ordering a coffee so I left it to his judgment and a coffee did arrive, sans milk, but that’s okay too!

Overall… this was just OK.  It’s pretty poor to overcook a steak when you have a steak restaurant.  It’s kind of your thing.  I say 3 stars out of 5. Sigh.  I feel bad. But not that bad.

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