After a busy Saturday morning hike, Richard and needed to “refuel” as they say (whoever they are). We’d heard good things about an Argentinian restaurant here on the Westside called Cuartito Azul, so that’s where we headed. When we pulled into the small parking lot at a few minutes to opening time (1pm on Saturdays), there were already several people waiting. Good sign!
Right on time, Cuartito Azul opened their door and in we went. With only a few tables, this is an intimate restaurant with a wonderful feel. We loved the ambience right away. The staff was on top of things from the beginning and through the end of our meal. We immediately ordered a glass of cabernet sauvignon and when it arrived, we were very pleased with not only the taste but also the very generous serving for the very reasonable price.
The menu includes a number of Argentinian favorites, including steaks and pastas. We’d read good things about the empanada appetizers and several others in the restaurant ordered those. But we knew if we got those we’d be too full for the all-important dessert course. So we refrained and placed our orders for the “main thing”. Our server brought us some rolls as well as olives and what appeared to be marinated lima beans to tide us over. I let Richard eat up the rolls, which he said were good and tasty.
Richard went for the chorizo steak, which came with salad and mashed taters. It was very reasonably priced, considering both the quality and the quantity of food served. It looked wonderful, and he said that the steak was “a carnivore’s delight …… perfectly cooked and heavenly seasoned”. He also enjoyed the mashed taters and salad, but for him……steak is king and that’s truly what mattered (and he was mighty pleased with this one).
I had the spinach lasagna with four-cheese sauce. It came with a beautifully presented, fresh salad with red wine vinaigrette. Such a simple salad but so,so good. And the lasagna …..oh my. This was yuuuuuummmmmmyyyyy. There were layers of spinach and pasta, along with what tasted like wonderfully crunchy nuts (walnuts, perhaps?), all topped with an incredibly rich and divine-tasting four cheese sauce. I ate every last bite. This was quite a lasagna experience (and that’s saying a lot, because this girl has had quite a few lasagnas in her day).
Ok, dessert time! There were quite a few tempting offerings, including tiramisu and tres leches cake and cheesecake. But of course, Richard had to go with the chocolate cake (which was incredibly moist and chocolate-y). And in my quest for the richest and biggest dessert possible, I had to go with the brownie with ice cream (which was very good, with what seemed to be a nice, freshly baked brownie topped with plenty of good vanilla ice cream. Just what I needed, of course, on top of that rich ‘n tasty lasagna).
All in all, we really loved our lunch at Cuartito Azul. The service was fantastic, the atmosphere was really nice, and the food was fantastic. By the time we left, nearly every table was full (at 2:15pm on a Saturday afternoon). And we can see why! We will definitely be returning to Cuartito Azul. Because of the limited number of parking spaces and tables, we highly recommend reservations in the evenings. You don’t want to miss this place!