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Argentinian Restaurants in Melbourne

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by Marina K (subscribe)
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Published May 11th 2013
Swap tacos for empanadas @ these Argentinian restaurants
Melburnians love Mexican food. There's no doubt about it. Trek from one end of our vast city to the other and you'll be able to compile a long list of restaurants in which you can satisfy a Mexican craving. From high-end, authentic, eateries such as Mamasita to your fast and affordable Zambrero, the options are endless.

In more recent times, though, Melbourne has started to develop an appreciation for cuisine from South America, as well as North America. Argentinian restaurants are steadily creeping their way into the Melbourne food scene and meat-loving foodies should be shouting with glee: "Hagamos una fiesta!" Because this is certainly something to celebrate.

San Telmo

Take a stroll down Meyers Place, in between Collins and Bourke Streets in Melbourne's vibrant CBD and you'll find San Telmo. One word to describe this place? Impossible because it's sleek and sophisticated; yet uber-cool and quirky all at the same time.

Where can the trendiest of Argentinian restaurants be found? Meyers Place, Melbourne CBD. That's where.


San Telmo's impressive decor provides a feast for the eyes


The food is perfection on a plate. Their pastries – scrumptious; polenta chips - fresh and crunchy; broccoli with salted ricotta - ridiculously tasty. Oh and their steak? Let's just say that you'll still be craving it days later - along with their unbelievably rich and smooth 80% dark chocolate mousse. The service is impeccable too, with waiters taking the time to explain everything on the menu, including any traditional preparation methods.

Traditional Argentinian pastries (Empanadas) - choose from Beef, Egg and Olive; or Provolone, Mozzarella, Basil and Capsicum


Delicious Pork and Paprika Chorizo and Fried Broccoli with Salted Ricotta - divine Argentine treats


San Telmo's Sangria together with their Dark Chocolate Mousse is the recipe for extreme happiness


True South

The great thing about Melbourne is that quality restaurants are everywhere. Drive 20 minutes out of the CBD, down the always-pleasing Beach Road and you'll find yourself in the lovely suburb of Black Rock. Known for it's beautiful beaches and houses, the quiet Black Rock food scene has recently welcomed a new kid on the block. And this kid is a gem. True South is a brewery as well as a restaurant – right across the road from the beach. So as well as serving up mouthwatering, smoky, chorizo and spiced, crispy calamari, they make their own beer and cider. All of this can be devoured whilst enjoying a stunning sea view. Asombroso.

True South - a truly delectable experience


Personal faves? The smoky, roasted, pumpkin with pine nuts and feta is to die for, while the Ensalada De Mozzarella is delectable. And they must be washed down with a perfectly crisp, apple cider - brewed in house, of course. True South offers the ultimate Argentinian, seaside dining experience. You simply cannot go past it.

True South's vibrant Ensalada De Mozzarella is delicious and refreshing


These charming forks, useful for eating True South's Provolone dish, add even more character to this gem of a restaurant


So replace your Mexican sombrero with an Argentinian one and dine at one of these fabuloso restaurants the next time you eat out. Your tastebuds will be dancing the tango all night long.
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Why? Because Argentinian cuisine is SO right now
When: San Telmo: 8am - Late Monday to Friday, 12pm - Late Saturday & Sunday; True South: 12pm - Late Tuesday to Sunday
Phone: San Telmo: (03) 9650 5525, True South: 1300 878 360
Where: 298 Beach Road, Black Rock, VIC, 3193
Cost: San Telmo: Anywhere from $4 - $90 for food and drinks. True South: Anywhere from $6 - $43 for food and drinks. Both offer standard share platters at an average of $15.
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Their customer service sounds good. I like that they explain how everything's made.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12098) 2039 days ago
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