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galanteOpening right next door and by the same people behind Gaucho on Sloane Avenue, new South American bar Galante opens this week with a cocktail and bar menu inspired by the 1930s Art Deco cocktail era in Buenos Aires.

The bar has an impressive cocktail list put togther by Tato Giavanonni who was voted South America's Best Bartender of the Decade and which was inspired by the legendary Argentine mixologist Santiago Policastro, also known as Pichin.

As ever, Hot Dinners, was piggily most interested in the bar menu accompanying the drinks. And it looks pretty good to us. From oysters on ice served up with chimichurri, to confit of duck empanadas and a ceviche platter it all sounds like just the kind of thing we'd like to line our stomachs with before we get stuck into cocktails like the El Pato (Gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Campari, Cointreau and a dash of Kirsch) and the Clarito (Tanqueray 10 Gin and dry vermouth stirred and served straight up in a sugar-rimmed coupe with a lemon twist).

And then there's the burger tasting menu, which has got to be worth a trip to try, which is actually a trio of burgers served three ways - with tomato & onion chutney and malbec mustard mayonnaise, with Dansglad cheddar cheese and streaky bacon with a tomato & onion chutney and malbec mustard mayonnaise and finally with British Stilton cheese with a tomato & onion chutney,

Most of the bar dishes come in portions for three, so maybe it's not the best place to go for Valentine's Day for fear you'd end up in a punch-up over who got the last burger or mini portion of steak tartare.

Galante is now open at 87 Sloane Avenue, SW3

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