The signature parrillada de carnes includes a combination of grilled meats: ojo de bife, asado de tira, bife de chorizo, and corte especial 348.
Named for a main avenue in the Argentinean capital of Buenos Aires, South American import Corrientes 348 in downtown Dallas serves up an array of expertly grilled Argentinean meats, putting many local steakhouses to shame.What sets Corrientes 348’s choice cuts of beef, lamb, chicken and fish apart from the many options in Dallas is the incredibly pure way the proteins are prepared. With just a coating of sea salt before meeting the grill, the proteins’ purest flavors shine through, with salt as their only enhancement.
The restaurant’s less-is-more philosophy is applied across the board to great effect. For example, its interior employs a simple tawny beige and brown color scheme, with a woven wooden ceiling installation and sculptural iron light fixtures, adding warm visual appeal. Additionally, a whole section of the cocktail menu is devoted to the South American caipirinha cocktail, which is made rather simply from a fermented sugarcane spirit, called cachaça, before being finished off with brown sugar and freshly muddled fruit. It is as delicious as it is straightforward.
Diners come for the Argentinean- grilled meats, no doubt, but before embarking on main courses, don’t neglect to take a tour through the entradas on offer. Two varieties of grilled Argentinean pork sausage, chorizo Argentino and chorizo parrillero (the spicier of the two options), are worth ordering to whet your appetite for the meat onslaught to follow. Both are served with a piquant chimichurri dipping sauce that perfectly balances the rich, smoky pork.
Along with the chorizo, another quintessential South American delicacy, empanadas, are a must-order. In both beef and vegetarian varieties, the house-made savory pastries are some of the best in Dallas.
Although meat is the focus of this steakhouse, there are a host of delicious salads to choose from that balance the carnivorous feast. Afterall, some plants are needed to provide a counterweight to the 17 different protein options on the menu! Consider the traditional caprese with tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil—this one’s topped with crispy prosciutto. For sweet salad enthusiasts, the Bariloche with dried apricot, candied almonds and goat cheese atop a bed of arugula and red endive is a great bet. Those who want a taste of the tropics must opt for the 348 salad, with its delicious blend of watercress, endive and red onion topped with poignant caper berries and a key South American ingredient—heart of palm.
Carb lovers will be glad to find a range of starchy side orders, including varieties of polenta topped with cheeses or herbs, or rice infused with spices and veggies. The arroz parrillero is the restaurant’s Argentenian version of Asian fried rice, with its infusion of spicy pork sausage, eggs and shoestring potatoes.