Address: 179 Bannatyne Ave
Entrees: $19 – $74
Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar, the Exchange District’s steakhouse rich in South American culture has regained its status as a sultry enclave for food and wine enthusiasts.
Without missing a beat from its pandemic closure, the current menu offers all the beloved favourites with an impressive selection of steak, seafood dishes and entrées that hop enthusiastically throughout the once Spanish empire, delivering delicacies from all over South America.
Make no mistake, Carne lovers are catered to here. An Argentinean strip—complete with chimichurri, and baby Cabrera —sweetened with a balsamic reduction and topped with port infused mushrooms and bacon—are exceptional. Mashed potatoes and vibrant veggies are part of the bargain accompanying steaks, eschewing the adopted à la carte standard of old school steakhouses.
Dishes brimming with colourful shrimp and salmon along with a Manitoba inspired Manitoba shore lunch pickerel welcome non-meat eaters.Signature spicy paella, and moqueca are seafood favourites.
Moqueca, a traditional Brazilian fish stew, offers oceanic bounty in the form of tender morsels of crab, shrimp, and fish, with a crown of clams and mussels topping it off. The soup is lowered onto the table in a casserole dish on a rustic wooden board, releasing a seductive aroma from the spice laced coconut broth.
Though its roots are in Italy, Milanesa might as well be an Argentine national dish, where it is typically stuffed in a sandwich. Hermanos offers chicken and eggplant versions with a crispy, lightly spiced crust and dense texture.
Though the chic resto, popular for the pre-theatre crowd, bustles at dinner, it is a lunch hub too. Border crossing tapas like empanadas, mussels, or a hearty sausage and pepper board hit the mark all day.
Opt for the massive chivito sandwich and prepare to open wide for the towering Uruguayan specialty. Beef, ham, bacon, provolone, olives, egg, onion, lettuce, and banana peppers come together in a winning mix of salty, sweet and sour.
A dulce leche filled crêpe caps off a meal with a final nod to the flavours of South America.