A New Breed of Steakhouse
Sep 19, 2017 08:17AM
● By Ashley Pape
The upscale, 10,000-square-foot establishment is the first Argentinian steakhouse in Big D. It’s also the first location in the United States for the family-owned steakhouse, which operates six restaurants in South America. After a meal here, we think you’ll agree: Argentinians know how to get their meat on.
Corrientes 348 captures the essence of Latin American dining—meat, more meat and plenty of fresh vegetables to share among friends. The meaty eatery is basically the opposite of a tapas restaurant. Instead of small plates, the steakhouse rolls out massive specialties to share with the table. Whether you opt for the half or full portion of any particular dish, you can count on classic Argentinian fare prepared family-style with only the best ingredients. “We hope people fall in love with our unique Argentinian concept,” says Sidiclei Demartini, co-owner of Corrientes 348. “We intend to make this culture known in Dallas and bring a different atmosphere to the steakhouse concept.”
The restaurant hits the high notes in every respect, from the regionally sourced prime beef to the outstanding sides to a first-rate wine list, which spotlights malbecs from Argentina and cabernets from Chile. The central theme, though, is definitely meat, with menu options ranging from sirloin, rib eye, leg of lamb, pork chop and boneless chicken legs. The $75 bone-in tomahawk steak is a meaty masterpiece that gets rolled on a cart to your table and carved in front of you.
Corrientes 348 is undoubtedly a carnivore’s dream, but the side dishes are also worth celebrating. Nearly every dish is made from scratch, including the dough used in the restaurant’s signature potato dish, Papatasso. One of the restaurant’s standout starters, Empanadas 348, will send your taste buds into overdrive. A freshly made empanada is filled with beef, egg, green olive and fresh herbs for a tantalizing taste of South American cuisine. It’s flaky and light, and a good sign of the meal to come. Other indulgent sides include Pure de Papas (puréed mashed potatoes with roasted garlic, ground black pepper, Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs) and Papatasso Provenzal (crispy smashed potatoes topped with garlic and parsley). As for the vegetables, don’t miss the Cebolla Parrillera (grilled onions with fresh chimichurri) or Zapallito Parillero (grilled squash with garlic and herb sa uce).
Whatever happens to be on the table in front of them, Demartini wants guests to enjoy the entire experience. “We want you to feel like you’re part of the Argentinian culture,” he says. “Mostly, we want you to feel at home and to have lots of fun.” It’s impossible not to enjoy yourself here; the restaurant pours on exquisite service, steaks and wine. The space, designed with natural woods, interesting textures and pops of bright color, pays homage to the restaurant’s namesake: a famed street in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The food is similar to what’s served in the restaurant’s South American locations, but the Dallas restaurant is much more focused on the bar and kitchen, Demartini notes. Both are open so guests can enjoy the view and have the full experience of seeing chefs in action. The chefs appreciate the open concept, too. “Preparing and sharing traditional recipes and seeing the delight on our guests’ faces brings an incredible amount of joy not only to me, but to our entire team,” says Demartini. “We are very proud of our high-quality steaks.”
Should you save room for something sweet, Corrientes 348 pulls out all the stops with traditional desserts such as tres leches cake and flan. We recommend the dulce-de-leche-stuffed Argentinian crepes. This dessert is guilty pleasure at its finest.
Corrientes 348 has a welcoming, comfortable vibe, but the menu prices definitely move it into special-occasion territory. Whether you stop in for lunch or dinner, the experience is worth every penny—everything at this Argentinian steakhouse is a wow.
1807 Ross Avenue, Dallas