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Perched on Jan Smuts, Che presents quite a stark first impression: plain dark wood tables and chairs and not much in the way of the curated decor so trendy right now. That said, when all candles are aglow and the muted rugs and exposed brick come together, you’re met with rather a dramatic finish, which creates a great foundation for the star of the show – the open flame grill.

If the weather is playing ball, make sure you book a table outside. Outside, you ask? In Parkwood? True as bob, at the back of the building there’s a tiny elevated, stepped garden complete with a bar – as many as six tables can be accommodated. Here you can sit beneath fairy-lights which are strung through a large central tree and enjoy the sunset and the company of a visiting Siamese cat.

Founded by an Argentine and a Uruguayan, Che is true to its gastronomic roots – serving the most succulent meat cuts – all grass-fed and ethically raised – cooked on an open flame. Veggies fear not, for you have been catered for with delicacies like mushroom croquets and spinach empanadas as well as a full, well-considered list of sides – like red cabbage, cashew nuts and Chinese sprouts or roasted sweet potato in honey – with which to create your own tapas board.

Chances are though, if you’re at a grill you’ll be transfixed by the page of vaca (beef ). We recommend the lomo con hueso (fillet on the bone) medium rare with a side of baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, brandy-soaked pears and crispy bacon bites. Another fabulous addition is the homemade chimichurri sauce which you can take home with you for your own steaks at just R65 a bottle.

You’ll be charmed by the service which is elegant and informed and if you’re lucky you might meet one of the owners who often stop for a little chat as they do their rounds. All in all, Che is a fabulous choice for a celebration, a great spot for a date, and with its hearty food and great red wine selection, is sure to be a firm favourite once the cold of autumn sets in.

In your hood: Parkwood
Che Argentine Grill | 066 362 2864 | cheargentinegrill.co.za