Barcito is a new Argentine inspired restaurant on the corner of 12th and Grand in DTLA’s South Park neighborhood. In early September Barcito moved into the abandoned ground level corner space of the Evo condo high-rise. The space used to be the homeof ChocoChicken, and before that Cork Bar. The restaurant has been completely redesigned to look and feel like a Buenos Aires hideaway. According to the restaurant’s website, Barcito is “inspired by childhood summers spent visiting grandparents in Buenos Aires.” The owner “set out to emulate the classic corner barcito, in an approachable, contemporary context.”
Enough about the restaurant, let’s talk about the food. I started with one of Barcito’s signature cocktails called the Yerba Brava ($8). It was Yerba Mate vodka with lemon and mint. I found it a little too sweet and switched over to vodka and club soda for my second round.
We ordered six items off the menu to share. First to the table was the Palmitos Salad ($9) of grilled hearts of palm, candied walnut and watercress. It was followed by the Seasonal Verduras ($6) which is their weekly farmer’s market find of the week. This week it was grilled cauliflower. Both of these dishes were fresh, clean and delicious.
Up next came something called Provoleta ($11). It was seared goat cheese with charred lemon served with crunchy bread. You must order this dish. It was my favorite of the night. We also tried the Noquis ($11) which were ricotta-potato dumplings served with pistachio pesto. These were good, but noting like that Provoleta.
At the recommendation of the server, we ordered the Lagostinos ($13). This was a plate of smoked chili-garlic shrimp served on a bed of crispy plancha potatoes with a remoulade sauce. This was a great suggestion. We loved it! Our final dish was the Pulpo ($12). It was crispy octopus served with a fried egg and salsa verde. If you like octopus, you will love this dish. It was also delish! We really enjoyed all the food.
If you are looking for a nice relaxed place to grab a drink and some food, you should check out Barcito. It’s very cozy. My only complaint would be that we were seated right by the kitchen, and the kitchen lights were very bright and ruined the ambiance. They just need to add a kitchen door or curtain. I can’t wait to go back and order another serving of their Provoleta!
Barcito 403 w. 12th Street (at Grand Ave) 213.415.1821 barcitola.com