The best of Argentine restaurants in Milan, Don Juan, pays homage to its national dish, the steak – and carnivores. Here you’ll find 100% Argentinian beef cooked and served up by Argentines in an authentic South American ranch-house setting.
All manner of cow paraphernalia – cowhides, cowskin drums and horn hooks carrying cow lassoes – hang from buttercup-yellow and rust-coloured walls. Of the four dining rooms, the best table (and service) is in the grillroom, close to the action of the glass-fronted kitchen.
Beef can be cooked in any of 25 different ways here, but its speciality is on the parrilla, or coal grill, which produces succulent, tender steaks the size of tree trunks, perfectly crisped on the outside. Be sure to save some space for their ambrosial dulce de leche desserts. A vegetarian minority is catered for, as are children, not least the (Italian) owner’s son whose name was the inspiration behind calling the restaurant Don Juan.
It’s massively popular – there’s a considerable Argentine ex-pat community in Milan, and the meat-heavy fare is not so far removed from Milanese tastes – and has opened a younger restaurant, Don Juanito (Corso di Porta Vigentina, 33; tel: 02 584 312 17).