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Published August 10th 2017
Check out CHE's chickens and the divine dulce de leche
The Latin American restaurant invasion continues to sweep Melbourne. It has now firmly hit the suburbs, with the owners of Pastuso and San Telmo opening CHE at Shop 3, 296 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (the entrance is actually just around the corner from Brunswick Street in Johnston Street).
The name 'CHE' is an acronym for three of the soon to be firm favourite specialty foods on offer: chicken, helados (ice cream) and empanadas. CHE is also slang for 'buddy' or 'mate' in Argentina, and that is in keeping with the more casual, relaxed atmosphere of the venue, with its street food focus.
CHE offers Latin American street food in a casual environment. Pictured here: empanadas ($5 each).
CHE is located in a compact, rectangular shaped venue, with seating for 40. The focus will be on casual dining and takeaway food. The aim is recreate the feel of a classic Australian suburban chicken shop, but with a Latin American twist.
CHE's charcoal chicken is marinated for 48 hours in Peruvian chilli and dark beer, before being cooked in the custom built charcoal smoker/grill. The chicken is available for $26 for a whole chicken, or $15 for a half. Add some hand cut chips for $4/6.
CHE's amazing empanadas have already had accolades, having taken out the People's Choice Award for Best Empanada at the annual Malbec Day Festival in April. I can vouch for just how delicious these empanadas are: perfect crisp pastry with moist, generous, tasty fillings, and a snap at $5 each. Choose from four fillings, including traditional beef, and corn and cheese.
CHE has four salads on offer. Pictured here: the quinoa salad with pickled cucumber, kale, broccoli and golden beetroot ($15).
If you want something a little healthier, CHE has got you covered too, with a range of salads. An unusual and interesting salad is the quinoa cooked in almond milk, with pickled cucumber, crispy kale, broccoli and golden beetroot ($15). There are also lettuce, pumpkin and smoked potato based salads. Take one or two of these home with a chicken and there will be plenty to feed a family.
Finally, to round out your meal, there is the soft serve dulce de leche (meaning 'candy [made] of milk'), a dessert made by slowly heating sweetened milk. Shown here in sample sized platters, it is generally available in a cone for $5. Take my advice and pay a little extra to add the roasted macadamias ($3) and the malbec and blueberry jam ($3); it's a heavenly combination.