I had been living in the Queenstown Road/Clapham area for some time and when we moved in we came across Santa Maria Del Sur which was situated a few minutes walk from our flat. However, for whatever reason, I never found the opportunity to enter the restaurant and now (1.5 years later), it was my final night in Clapham which was cause for a special meal and after hearing many great things about this place, I finally stepped in.
Verdict Santa Maria Del Mur is a great restaurant that specialises in Argentine steaks and serves a variety of food. However, their Prime Fillet Steak fell a bit short on this occasion. Website: santamariadelsur.com
Price range: £££
Telephone: 020 7622 2088
Address: 129 Queenstown Rd, Battersea, London SW8 3RH
Nearest Station: Queenstown Road, Battersea Park
Santa Maria Del Mur is a great restaurant that specialises in Argentine steaks and serves a variety of food. However, their Prime Fillet Steak fell a bit short on this occasion.
We decided to only order a main with some sides and decided to skip Starters on this occasion. The waiter later told us that it would be a 45-minute wait for our meal to be ready, so we did deliberate for a while, whether it was worth getting starter as we were massively hungry and the idea of waiting 45 minutes did not seem like a good idea. Shortly after however, the waiter presented to us two complementary pieces of bread with butter, which we and our bank balance were incredibly thankful for. Although small in size, the bread was fresh and definitely helped ease our appetite for a little while longer.
We ordered one of the mixed grilled options to share and decided on the Parrillada Deluxe option which comes with a 250gram Grilled Prime Fillet Steak, an Argentine-style Sausage, Mixed Vegetables (in exchange of the Black Pudding), and Provolone Cheese, with a side of hand-cut Chips.
The Meat and Cheese were presented on a miniature BBQ grill placed on our table, the Meat was still sizzling on the charcoal grill which always adds that extra special flavour so I got quite excited by this novelty.
The Grilled Prime Fillet Steak was very tender, cutting quite easily on a not-so serrated knife, and was a tasty eat. However, I am not sure if this was a case of over-expectations, but from all the raving reviews I had heard about their steaks we couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed. The Steak was ok but that was that, and with the price tag on the expensive side coupled with a relatively small portion, this taste of the steak needed to be out of this world….which sadly it wasn’t.
The show-stealer was actually the Argentine-style Sausage. The Sausage was fat, succulent and exuberated an excellent hint of charcoal taste. The hand-cut Chips and Mixed Vegetables rounded the meal very nicely.
Service & Ambiance
The restaurant is of a fair size and having walked passed it most days for a whole year, it always seems to be heaving with people. We arrived towards the end of closing so we got a seat straight away, but I would advise booking a seat in advance for most cases. The setting is very living room-esque, the walls are stoned/painted and decked with pictures and mirrors, and when we arrived there were three separate parties going on and they all had 6+ people at the table, which really added to the homely, family feel.
All in all, the meal at Santa Maria Del Sur had great food, service and atmosphere, but for me, it was missing a slight WOW factor. Which given the value for money at this place does mean I would have to reconsider if I would get the steak again or go for something else on their menu.