6 Riverside Quay, Southbank VIC (03) 9088 8600
Asado is the latest venture from the team behind South American favourites San Telmo, Pastuso and Palermo. The new restaurant in Melbourne’s vibey Southbank precinct brings contemporary Argentinian barbeque with a menu from Executive Chef Ollie Gould.
An open fire pit and three-metre bespoke charcoal parrilla grill is the Asado engine room. The cowboy cousin in this restaurant family follows the philosophy of its sibling venues, with a menu showcasing premium meats including O’Connors beef, lamb from Gippsland and Western Plains pork.
Where (sister restaurant) Palermo has Italian leanings, Asado spices things up with Spanish flair. Aperitivo afternoons at Asado are no sleepy siesta — diners can pair jamon boards, high-grade imported tinned seafood and pintxos-style small bites with deep glasses of sangria, Andalusian sherry or Patagonian Pilsner.
Asado has a takeaway arm (Asado To-Go) that serves casual breakfast and lunch bites.
Designed by leading design firm and long-time collaborators, Ewert Leaf, the expansive 250-seat venue, differs from its moody, low-lit siblings with light flooding through generous steel-framed windows and vibrant art-deco features, creating a bright ambience and buzzing vibe. Adjacent to the main dining room, a dedicated bar space can accommodate private dining groups of 40-50, with further seating available outside, reminiscent of bohemian Buenos Aires’ cobblestone streets. Setting a benchmark for South American culinary offerings since San Telmo in 2011, the San Telmo Group’s new coal-fired venue will certainly heat things up in Southbank.