October 7, 2019
A little touch of Argentina in the heart of chic Connaught Village
This was my second time visiting the truly authentic Casa Malevo, located in a luxury shopping quarter called Connaught Village. Connaught Village has over 45 independent shops and restaurants. This elegant premium London village is located in one of the most prestigious post-codes in London. Connaught Village has a wide variety of independent high-end brands and great food establishments.
Connaught village offers so much for a truly luxurious and unique shopping experience. I was very excited to be invited for a second time to dine at Casa Malevo, with a new concept and menu. The menu features traditional Cocina Argentina dishes along with dishes that would excite the vegetarian and vegan audience.
Tucked away behind Georgian squares and a short walk from Marble Arch and a stone’s throw from Paddington is luxurious Connaught Village. An exclusive shopping and lifestyle location, the perfect mix of residential and independent, specialist and designer boutiques. Connaught Village is a place to escape for a peaceful setting to shop without fuss and dine with friends and loved ones. The native Londoner or International traveller, if you want to experience the quality and get away from the noise of London, Connaught Village this is a fantastic choice.
Dining at Casa Malevo
Casa Malevo is a rustic Argentinean restaurant located in the heart of Connaught Village, Central London. Casa Malevo offers Cocina Argentina, serving popular dishes from the different regions of the country offering an opportunity to experience dining the Argentina way. The dishes are freshly prepared using only the best products and are cooked on the premises. The entire wine list is from Argentina, with the majority available by 375ml carafe, allowing guests to sample different wines throughout their meal.
Greeted by the owner, Roberto Tavoloni who showed us to our table and explained the story behind Casa Malevo. Roberto then introduced us to the host for the night that made recommendations for food and wine. We had a busy week so I was looking forward to relaxing at one of the most talked-about Argentina restaurants in London.
Casa Melevo has a new head Chef José Cacciavillani and he has created a very special menu. José Cacciavillani has done Casa Melevo proud fusing his native Argentinian cuisine with techniques and flavours from the Med and Asia. José Cacciavillani worked with the Michelin Star Chef Michel Bras, the Roca brothers, and Pratap Chahal, the latter being his biggest influence in the kitchen. He also opened the restaurants of renowned wineries in Mendoza (Argentina) such as Terrazas de Los Andes, Cheval des Andes and Susana Balbo. He started cooking at eight years of age, under the tutelage of his mother Julia.
We were served the most delicious Sour-bread with olives, we had the option of beef butter or vegan butter we decided to try vegan butter it was delicious! We chose a House Aperitif Campari, shaken with fresh lime, lemon, orange and sprite, refreshing and light. We chose our starters; Empanadas Beef, caramelized onions and eggs, Morcilla and green apple, Roasted vegetables and mozzarella, this was truly heavenly.
To accompany the main we were recommended white wine Torrontes La Nubes, Cafayate Salta I must add it’s Vegan, it was smooth fruity and light and worked really well with the steak. For our main courses, we chose Vegan dumplings – wild onion puree, mushrooms and wild garlic oil – very tasty! Bife Ancho 300gr Ribeye steak, the steak was perfect! The side choices were all vegan and they were delicious; Oyster mushrooms, Vegan, Chips Vegan and Hispi Cabbage – vegan crème Fraiche and crispy onions. We just had a room for my favourite course, dessert! Red Fruit Trilogy Vanilla Ice Cream, Strawberry sorbet, red sponge and strawberries. Deconstructed lemon tart, food heaven!
Casa Malevo is a restaurant you will not want to leave, time just passes by. As we dined there was a steady trickle of guests coming and going and most of them looked like regulars. The décor is warm and inviting, exposed bricks, red chairs and wooden tables, evocative pictures adorned the walls. To end our very relaxed Argentinian experience Alberto joined us at our table and we shared a full-bodied dessert wine, Chin-chin! The Argentina way.
Casa Malevo has a Private Room on the lower floor of the main restaurant an intimate space inspired by old sophisticated Estancias dining rooms and holds seating parties up to 12 people. This is a perfect place for an intimate family gathering, a Christmas team dinner or a wedding or baby shower.
Casa Malevo was real authentic Argentina cuisine, rustic and warm with a great atmosphere, attentive and knowledgeable hosts and food cooked to perfection. Casa Malevo is opened for lunch and dinner Monday to Sunday so a perfect destination after some exhausting but fun retail therapy. The warmth is felt from the moment you enter and will bring you back for more.
A: 23 Connaught St, St George’s Fields
W: Casa Malevo
W: Connaught Village
Written by Rene Byrd for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International