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Villa del Sol Argentinian Restaurant

Victoria Libin | Aug 7, 200302:07 PM

Yesterday Melanie Wong, a friend of hers, my husband and myself ventured out to try this little known Argentinian place tucked away in South San Francisco. We did not know what to expect.

Overall we were pleasantly surprised and thought that the quality of food to price ratio was very high.

We ordered 2 types of empanadas: 1) The traditional ground beef filling and 2) Humita which is a corn and cream sauce filling. The meat was particularly good with a tender crust and a savory meat filling redolent of cumin. We also sampled the potato and onion tortilla which is basically a Spanish omlette. It was prepared quite well and served with a red pepper mayonaisse like sauce. My favorite of the appetizers was the meat empanada.

For a main course we shared the parillada which is a combination of grilled meats that included NY steak, Hawaiin style short ribs, flank steak, beef sweet breads, blood sausage, chorizo, pork chop, and a grilled chicken drums stick. The meat was well seasoned and of good quality. We had ordered them medium rare, but they came out more on the medium side. The sweet bread was amazing. Firm, yet tender with no strong odor. One of the best sweet breads I have ever had. We ordered some fries on the side which were crispy on the outside and tender inside. Well made. The parillada came with a simple lettuce and tomato salad dressed with wine vinegar and olive oil--typical Argintinian salad.

The house chimichurri was very flavorful with a good balance of herbs, acid, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Overall, the food was authentic and good. Service very friendly. It is a husband and wife team with the husband working the floor and the wife cooking.

Definitely worth a try.

I will defer to Melanie to discuss the wines that we drank.

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