San Telmo

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14 Meyers Pl Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Opening hours Mon - Sun 12 Noon – 11:00 PM
Features Licensed, Wheelchair access, Bar, Gluten-free options, Vegetarian friendly, Accepts bookings, Outdoor seating, Private dining, Degustation, Romance-first date, Events
Chef Michael Patrick
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, Cash, Visa, Mastercard
Phone (03) 9650 5525

Argentinian tucker is not too familiar in Victoria, but San Telmo could change all that. Few expenses were spared in making this wood-and-leather shrine to charcoal-seared beef as authentic as can be: the parrilla or grill, crafted there and assembled here, is magnificent. Breakfast aside, a meal here revolves around flame-grilled beef, ideally secondary cuts such as flank or hanger steaks, meaty ribs and delicate, fire-kissed sweetbreads - all cooked over mallee root coals, all offered with lashings of house-made mild chimichurri sauce or perky salsa. Supporting acts are hardly second fiddles: deep-fried pastry empanadas, especially the cheesy ones, are superb, as are addictive corn and polenta chips with chipotle chilli mayo. Flame-roasted vegies and lively salads (think palmheart, pear, jamon and mozzarella) complete the picture. There's pudding, of course: seductive dulce de leche flan should be compulsory; the alfajor cookies are nearly as good.