On visits to the Leather Lane market well before the Covid lockdown I had seen the Argentalia market stall a few times, but had not bought lunch there, though I did quite fancy the concept.
So on a recent visit a couple of months back, I had the opportunity to try out the stall. I went with the Argentalia Barbeque Box, which comes with Asado (ribs), Vacio (flap meat), Chorizo (sausage), Morcilla (black pudding), Pollo (chicken), Pork with chimichurri and variety of salads or fries.
This had the potential to be outstanding box of food, but alas it wasn’t meant to be.
The salad was flat and insipid.
The fries were okay, but nothing special.
So what of the main attraction, the barbecued meat?
I think if the meat had actually been barbecued then this would have made the dish so much better than it was. The problem with the meat was that it was quite tough and chewy. It was almost braised, steamed rather than grilled.
I am not even sure I got everything on the list.
Overall I was looking forward to a great box of barbecued meats, what I got was frankly rather disappointing.