A few weeks ago, when the summer weather was first starting to get into full swing, Kate and I decided to finally check out Libertador – it’s right next to our apartment and we’ve been talking about it forever. We decided it was time to carpe diem and head alllll the way downstairs (don’t judge, 4 flights of stairs seems like a lot) and grab some dinner on their outdoor patio since it was a nice night.
When it’s nice outside, this restaurant is always PACKED – table inside and out are always full of people hanging out, drinking and eating really delicious looking Argentinian food. So, we claimed a table outside and started flipping through the menu. I’m not super familiar with Argentinian food so I wanted to venture a little bit outside my comfort zone and order something new. But, since everyone at Libertador is always boozing, we figured we should start there and ordered a pitcher of something yummy.
To be honest, I have no idea what the name of this drink is, or what really was in it besides white wine and St. Germain. There was mint, and fruit, and some sort of juice (maybe orange juice?) but there’s no drink menu posted on their website, so I can’t look it up. If you ever go to Libertador, I’d maybe recommend something else. This drink was way too sweet – and I love anything sweet, so that’s saying something. We had our waiter bring some more wine to add in, which helped cut the sickly sweet flavor, but it still didn’t do it for me and I ended up only drinking about a glass, and we left a decent amount of the pitcher untouched. Lesson learned.
On to the food. Since I love empanadas (really, how can you go wrong wrapping cheese in dough and cooking it?) we decided to split an order – we went with a real crowd pleaser, ham and cheese and they were delicious. The dough was nice and crispy on the outside and the cheese was melty and gooey and delicious on the inside. The ham flavor was a little lacking, but there was so much cheese that I didn’t mind too much. These made me wish I would’ve just ordered only empandas for dinner. So good. So cheap. So worth the calories.
For entrees, Kate and I both got the same thing – not shocking, since we pretty much have the same of everything (clothes, books, etc.) already anyway. We went with the milanesa – a traditional Argentinian dish that is basically a piece of beef pounded flat, breaded, and pan fried. The beef was served with some delicious french fries, topped with minced garlic and parsley. The meal was good, but a little bland in my opinion. The only overwhelming flavor was lemon juice (because I squeezed lemon allover everything) and the garlic on the french fries. I should’ve went with my gut and ordered a salad and empanadas – always go with your gut. The meal wasn’t bad but not what I was in the mood for at the time.
And in the name of the blog, we also got dessert. I’m a huge flan fan, so when I saw that on the menu I knew I’d get it immediately. The Jello-meets-pudding consistency strangely appeals to me, and it came with dollops of dulce de leche and some fresh strawberries. Really yummy, and a satisfying end to a meal. I was glad to finally check Libertador off of my long list of places I want to try – and I’ll probably be back again soon for a second visit.