Restaurant Review: El Camoati
El Camoati is a cozy, authentic and attractive Argentinean Restaurant located in La Latina. The cuisine offers delicious traditional dishes offered in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Owners Fran and Julian have been friends for life from Buenos Aires. After traveling Europe and living in Paris, they decided to move to Madrid. They immediately begin thinking of opening a restaurant that reflects the flavors of their homeland. They found the perfect location, an old abandoned restaurant and after a quick 3 weeks of self-renovating, El Camoati opened to the public in September 2007. The word Camoati is the common name used to designate several species of wasps in Argentina and Uruguay. It was in a book that Julian read and it immediately stuck.
Upon arrival, a complimentary dish of crudites with a homemade spiced dip was served with our drink:
For the starter, we had the Fuegolone – a dish of melted provolone cheese and jalapenos “fired” with tequila, an entertaining procedure to watch.
Followed by a unique presentation to the classic Caprese Salad with whole tomatoes, mozzarella and basil leaves. For the main dish, we had the homemade fresh ravioli with tuco sauce followed by the traditional Argentine skirt steak Entraña accompanied with chimichurri sauce, a side salad and creamed potatoes au gratin.
The dessert was a coconut, dulce de leche and Baileys coulant a la mode with a stream of cinnamon.
Everything was exquisite and the service was attentive. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and highly recommended.