The newest gaucho on the block, Asado is the young cousin of restaurants San Telmo and Palermo. Part trendy newbie, part traditional asador, the latest addition to the San Telmo group brings both youthful charm and vibrant blood to Melbourne’s culinary scene.
An open fire pit and three metre bespoke charcoal parrilla grill is the spiritual and culinary centre of Asado – paying homage to the incomparable style and culinary ethos of slow-cooked barbeque. In theme with its sibling venues’ philosophy, Asado is unabashedly BBQ focused – with a menu of signature premium meats including O’Connor’s beef, lamb from Gippsland and Western Plains pork.
No meal is complete without some quality drop and Asado’s extensive Argentinian wine list is no exception to the rule. Offering the best of the Mendoza region and Malbec varietal, with Group exclusive Argentinian imports including pours from Humberto Canale and Ruca Malen, the wine experience at Asado recreates an evening by the fire within the vast plains of an Argentinian estancia (ranch).
Showcasing a strong identity of its own, Asado spices things up with Spanish flair. Aperitivo afternoons at Asado will see no sleepy siestas; instead diners can pair jamon boards, high-grade imported tinned seafood and pintxos-style small bites with deep glasses of sangria, Patagonian Pilsner or G&Ts with Spanish olives.
For those pressed for time, casual bites are available at conjoining outlet and Argentinian breakfast deli, Asado To-Go, separate from the main dining room. Indulge in a morning coffee while sinking your teeth into the delectable flavours of breakfast empanadas or tostadas, Argentina’s answer to a toastie.
If a substantial meal is on the cards choose from lomito steak sandwiches, choripan, salads with added protein, available for lunch or takeaway, all alongside the breathtaking Melbourne cityscape.
Artfully designed by leading design firm and long-time collaborators Ewert Leaf, the expansive 250-seat corner venue differs from its moody, low-lit siblings, with natural light flooding through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows creating an airy ambience and buzz-worthy vibe. Alongside the main dining hall and separate Sandwicheria, Asado boasts a dedicated bar space, capacity to accommodate private dining groups of 40-50 in addition to outdoor dining areas reminiscent of bohemian Buenos Aires’ cobblestoned streets.
Creating a new benchmark for South American culinary offerings and taking Argentinian food to new levels, this coal-fired venue and sumptuous bar and grill is a surefire spot to heat things up for many months to come.