Clasico Argentino — a new restaurant brand from Paris, specialising in empanadas and ice cream, has opened in central London. The new site, which has been opened in partnership with Gaucho Group — the Argentinian steak chain — is situated on Swallow Street, just off Regent Street in one of the capital’s busiest shopping districts.
Clasico Argentino was founded by two Argentinians; Enrique Zanoni, “multi-faceted entrepreneur and traveler,” and head chef Gaston Stivelmaher. The first location, in what will likely be a roll-out (seven have opened in Paris in five years), is next door to Gaucho’s Piccadilly restaurant.
The brand launches with 12 different homemade empanadas “based on authentic recipes from Buenos Aires.”
Zanoni says that for many Argentinians, Europe is seen as “home,” and is excited to “bring back” a typical example of his country’s street food: “Londoners love to embrace food from around the world. And whilst our empanadas are as authentic as they come, there’s a satisfying familiarity to our buttery pastries. They are filled with a choice of fresh, seasonal ingredients including tasty meat, cheese or vegetables or fish. We shape and crimp them, and bake until golden brown.”
As well as empanadas, the restaurant will serve its own helados (ice cream) “using traditional production methods and natural ingredients such as real vanilla, fruit purees and whole milk.
The location has 18 covers inside, 16 outside, and will offer takeaway, and delivery through Deliveroo, natch — it’s 2017, in the world of fast casual in London.
A Clasico Argentino food truck based next to Gaucho in Broadgate in the City is also planned. Said truck will be available for private hire and events across London.
Clasico Argentino is open from 8am until 10pm, seven days a week.