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Carlitos Gardel

7963 Melrose Ave. (N. Hayworth Ave.) Send to Phone
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Argentine cuisine accompanied by an impressive wine list.
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Carlitos Gardel, West Hollywood, CA

Carlitos Gardel Restaurant Review

: Family-owned and -operated since 1996, Carlitos Gardel offers the robust beef- and garlic-centric cuisine of Buenos Aires. An air of romance is created by low lighting and a live keyboardist playing Tango music on weekends. For a light beginning, share the refreshing ensalada de la casa, a platter heaped with diced cucumber, hearts of palm, raw onion, tomato, egg and organic greens, all tossed in a Parmesan-herb dressing. There's also a slew of traditional plates like empanadas, hongos and chorizo, as well as pastas. One dish truly captures the spirit of Argentine dining: la parrillada, a mixed grill of skirt steak, beef ribs, chorizo, blood sausage and veal sweetbreads, best accompanied by skinny fries and copious amounts of chimichurri sauce. (Gardel's Fine Foods Chimichurri, a jarred version of the restaurant's recipe, can be found on Amazon as well as at Whole Foods, Gelson's and Bristol Farms.) The signature dessert is a multi-layered white cake topped with peaches, meringue and dulce de leche. What helps set this place apart is a wine list that not only includes a notable selection of Argentine wines, but also boasts an impressive array of French and Italian bottles.

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Best Restaurant on the Planet!!
by fancybeast on Sun May 03, 2009 10:29 pm
 
This 12 should be a 21!!!

Carlito's Gardel is easily the best restaurant on the planet!

I've been going here as often as possible for the last 5 or 6 years, and that's a big part of why I wake up every morning. From the first piece of bread to the last bite of the peach-meringue-dulce de leche cake, Carlito's doesn't miss a beat.

Sometimes, restaurants have really good food, and some menu items aren't always that great, and maybe the service isn't always up to par, but this place blows everyone out of the water because they have it covered from end to end, and they NEVER miss a beat! Everything on the plate tastes like they picked it out back. There's a to-die-for chimichurri sauce that I always take home in a jar, and perfect empanadas with chicken, beef, or spinach, and salads and calamari and golden, crispy, french fries with garlic and cilantro, and a giant portobello stuffed to the brim with cheese and spinach.

But without a doubt, the pièce de résistance is the skirt steak, cooked not a moment too long, dripping with a little bit of blood, and framed by a pumpkin mashed potato worthy of sharing a plate with that beef.
I could always die happy after my steak, but, of course, there's more. The dessert wine pairs perfectly with one of the fresh, homemade dulce de leche or chocolate desserts, and the live music and impeccable service only complete the experience.

Los Angeles has a boatload of restaurants, new and old, but Carlito's Gardel is, without a doubt, in a class of its own. Carlito's proves that a restaurant can be flawless from top to bottom. Don't waste your time eating anywhere else!!
 
Authentic Argentine experience
by jimwondering on Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:59 am
 
Authentic Argentine experience. Extensive winelist with knowledgable, and experienced Sommelier. Attentive and warm staff. AMAZING steaks! Overall wonderful dining experience!
 
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