Tuesday, February 24, 2015

San Telmo

14 Meyers Place
VIC 3000

On turning into Myers Place it's hard to miss San Telmo, with the name emblazoned on the chimney running up the front of the building it is housed in. We had family in town who were in the mood for some South American meat, and this was our target for the evening...

Immediately inside on the left is  the open kitchen with the imported 2.5 meter parrilla charcoal grill, 'hand made by Pirincho', and a bunch of busy chefs.

When we visited fairly early on a mid week evening there was already quite a buzz about the place, with plenty of tables filled. We were shown to our table which featured a leather sofa against a wall appointed with cow hides,along with more conventional wooden chairs. The fit out merged modern Melbourne and Argentinian themes effortlessly to create a chic feel. 

With a little help from the friendly waitresses we figured out a bunch of dishes to share, kicking off with some empanadaa, traditional Argentine fried pastries. The red wine braised beef, almond and raisin went down well down while the silverbeet, leek and bechamel version I tried was a great combination in a great shell.

The fried broccoli with pecorino was one of the highlights of the meal tasting as good as it looks below, which a great crunch to boot.

We were brought some Provoleta, or fried provolone cheese by mistake, but were given it to try on the house, and it was good to even a non-cheese fan.

The humita, polenta, corn and basil chips which came with chipotle mayonnaise were another hit.

The "Mejilla de Cerdo" or braised berkshire pork jowl with crackling was succulent and very sweet.

The Cuadril de cordero, a pasture fed lamb rump spiced with coriander and chipotle was another perfectly prepared winner, succulent and subtly flavoured.

The Tira de asado, O’Connor premium pasture fed beef short ribs were a little on the fatty side for my taste, ending up with an almost lamby flavour, rather than beef.

The 'Papas' - baby potatoes came with plenty of herb butter and less of the slow cooked onion and slid down easily.

The coal roasted pumpkin with feta and a caper and raisin vinaigrette or the more succinct 'Zapallo' was another hit around our table....

...as were the Zanahorias, burnt carrots with hazelnuts, thyme and garlic goats curd.

The bill for four came in at around $250 including a drink or two each. We all left well satisfied with our meals, both in terms of flavour and sustenance. The service was friendly and attentive all evening. Meat heavy menu's aren't our normal staple, but we may head back, if we do fancy more of that while we are in town.

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