**Che will open in June 2017.
Pastuso executive chef Alejandro Saravia was inspired by the Australian suburban chicken shop and its nostalgia-laced elements of chicken salt and gravy. He wanted to take those elements and add a Latin-American twist, based on his Peruvian background.
The result is CHE, which is Spanish slang for “buddy” or “mate” but also an acronym for Chicken, Helados, Empanadas. He and his team (also behind San Telmo in the city chose Brunswick Street, Fitzroy for their third restaurant.
Saravia’s charcoal chicken will be marinated for 48 hours in dark malt beer, spices and Peruvian chillies before a stint in a custom-made charcoal spit/smoker. He’ll also make his own chicken salt by grinding dehydrated chicken skins into a powder.
Aside from chicken there’ll be three empanadas on the menu – one beef, one roast chicken, and a vegetarian option made with pumpkin, pesto and feta. Add in salads, plus a dulce de leche soft serve topped with blueberry and Malbec jam and shaved macadamia nuts, and a selection of beers and Argentinean wine.