September 4, 2002
My personable waitress looked like Penelope Cruz. Actually, half of the women look like Penelope Cruz to this observer. Anyway, back to my lunch special. The starter was a big bowl of garden salad with a light dressing, which could be a light meal in itself or a sufficient side for two diners. The main course was a decent portion of steak, medium-well done, juicy, delicious and not too fatty. The dessert was a slice of flan (one of my all-time favorite desserts) with a nice splash of caramel sauce.
I found the wait for my check to be a few minutes longer than average, because it looked like my Penelope was out on her lunch break and the covering waitress was in no hurry to push the tab into my face. This is typical for service in Buenos Aires, as you are supposed to have relaxing meals and so you will have to usually ask for "la cuenta" (the check). This is a perfectly unpretentious place for a meal or a drink, which makes Los Portenos an appealing place for me.
From journal Bill in Argentina - BUENOS AIRES