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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.
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.
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
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