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Published January 13th 2015
Viva la Argentina with fresh local produce and ingredients
Only one month old but already a favourite haunt for meatlovers, Che Asado and Bar is definitely on my favourite list after just one visit. Asado is the Spanish word for the social event of the barbeque and refers to its Argentinian inspired menu and theme.
Photo Courtesy of Che Asado and Bar
We accidentally took a vegetarian with us in our party but on checking with the friendly staff, we discovered there were quite a lot of great non-meat options to try. After we ordered our barbequed meats, we also added the grilled provoleta (onion, cheese, thyme and honey), hand cut potato fries and fried cauliflower, which came with a creamy, salty sauce. The side salads that came with our order were fresh and lightly coated in a zesty dressing which really complimented the rich meats we indulged in.
The Chipa Bread that started our meal was a plate of small scone-like breads which were cheesy and fresh out of the oven. This came with a salted and smoked local butter and a fresh chimichurri (finely-chopped parsley, minced garlic, olive oil, oregano, and vinegar). These were so more-ish that we ordered extras before we had even ordered our mains while we waited for our whole party to arrive.
Rum Steak - Che Asado and Bar - Photo by Kath Chown
Vegetarian Options - Che Asado and Bar - Photo by Kath Chown
My favourite meat dish was rump steak which came cooked medium rare and cut into thin strips to share. The pork belly was also a clear winner with it's perfectly cooked crackling skin and sweet caramelisation. It was interesting to note that apart from a little salt and pepper, the meats were just cooked in a barbecue style and served simply which appealed to my own love of simple cooking.
We ended the meal with a glass of Malbec and an empanada for the meatlovers. I think I can safely say that it was the best empanada I've had to date with a crispy, light pastry and pulled beef brisket ready to ooze out as you cut into it. Extremely delicious and I would return again just to have another of these.
Empanada - Photo by Kath Chown
Definitely worth a trip to South Bank to visit this new little hotspot as the service was friendly, informative and fun which was a great compliment to the awesome food. It would be a perfect date spot or somewhere to head with friends for a great night out eating and drinking.