If you are looking for a truly authentic tasting Argentinian night out then head to Melbourne’s CBD and walk between Bourke and Little Collins Street. You will find 14 Meyers Place caught in a little laneway of café’s and cocktail bars.
Upon entering San Telmo your eyes initially go left to the array of sides of beef and yummy chorizo being cooked on huge racks. There is no messing around in this open viewing kitchen. These pitmasters mean business as they Tango with the meat on the Parilla charcoal grill and you feel you are transported to Buenos Aires.
Do book otherwise you will end up at the rear of the restaurant in a holding pen …on the flip side ‘cool hand Luke’ a knowledgeable bar tender will create a masterpiece of your liking…I highly recommend both the Caipirinha (Sagahba cachaca muddled lime and sugar shaken and poured over rocks) and the Pisco Sour, a South American classic. We almost stayed at the back bar but thankfully were kindly offered a table at the front where we could drink in the décor of saddles, bottle lighting and a fabulous racking system of their special wines.
We journeyed through the menu enjoying the abundance of my favourites such as: Empanadas, Black sausage and Ceviche. The ‘Hanger Steak’ was completely enjoyable – there is only one of this cut per beast and for those purists that will only eat their meat rare this might not be for you …unless you take a chance on this cut….it is served medium rare, charred and salty and it is perfection itself, your wildest dreams of the tastiest steak will come true (and it isn’t the most expensive which is a huge plus point). The Mendoza Malbec goes extremely well with this. We shared the carrots as a side, served with hazlenuts and warm goats cheese – astounding flavours. For dessert there were quite a lot of interesting delectables on offer but I chose Tarta de Queso: goats cheesecake with blueberry gelato, coconut quinoa granola, slightly deconstructed and perfectly yummy.
Beware, this is not for the herbivores such as the Argentinosaurus. This restaurant is for meat lovers, full of sharing platters and a great place to come a deux or in a group….and I can’t wait to return and try out more on the menu plus explore the cocktail list a little more.
2 cocktails, 3 Tapas starters, 1 Steak and 1 side, 1 glass of wine and 1 bottle of sparkling water, 1 dessert plus a coffee
Total: AUD180 approx.