We’ve been frequenting Ponsonby Central’s El Sizzling maybe a little too often since its opening a few years ago—their authentic Argentinian BBQ is something out of a meat-lover’s dream. So when we heard they had set up shop in the new K’ Road Food Workshop we rushed down there faster than you can say “Lomito”.
And what is Lomito we hear you ask? Well, good question. Reigning supreme as Argentina’s most ubiquitous and beloved “fast food”, they’re best described as sandwiches. But not just any sandwich, oh no. These creations are piled high with perfectly BBQ’d cuts of premium meat straight from the wood-stoked grill and layered with complimenting accompaniments sitting pretty between sliced freshly baked bread.
The open plan kitchen sets the scene, while the sizzle of the grill primes your taste buds for what’s to come. There’s a few large shared tables or pull up a pew and watch the skilled chefs cook your meat to order.
The steak lomito is a classic full of perennial favourites—charred steak with generous amounts of melted emmental cheese, onion, red capsium escabeche, homemade aioli and crunch from iceberg lettuce. The grilled pork scotch plays on traditional South American flavours with accompanying salsa criolla, fresh cilantro (coriander for those that don’t watch Food Network), fried kumara and homemade chimichurri mayo. If you’re a sucker for classic flavour combos, the Lomo De Cordero should be on your hit list—prime lamb steak served pink is paired with melted blue cheese, caramelised onions, poached pears and fresh peppery rocket. And for those animal-loving diners, there’s of course a vegetarian version—grilled provolone cheese with caramelised fennel, onion escabeche, barbecued beets, salad greens and even greener chimmichurri sauce.
Each Lomito has a recommended beer match, and if you happen to be dining during the day, keep your ears pricked for their daily specials. A little birdy tells us you can feast on a sandwich and wash it all down with a frosty ale for a measly $15—bargain.
Open for both dinner and lunch we suggest you get down there quick smart. Casual dining with friendly and warm service at its finest—our first visit has given us a severe case of Lomito-fever, and we’ve been told by Argentinian locals: it can only be cured with more.
For more details on El Sizzling Lomito, including opening hours, click here.
Image credit: Lauren Matilda Matthews