David Parker and his business partners are moving south. Until now, their family of restaurants – San Telmo, Pastuso and the soon-to-open Palermo – has been CBD-bound. Their fifth restaurant, due to open in April, will bring their popular South American grill offering to Southbank.
Asado – Spanish for “roast” – will revolve around an open-flame Parilla grill and a large fire pit for ceremoniously roasting meats and fish.
Executive chef Ollie Gould (formerly of Stokehouse) will oversee the 250-seat restaurant’s kitchen and menu.
Big and bold will be the order of the day here; whole beef ribs and lamb will be slowly roasted over coals. The open kitchen will offer the kind of spectacle that meat lovers will devour with their eyes before their mouths.
While the food at Asado’s slightly older sibling, Palermo, will have an Italian slant, the food here will lean Spanish.
“We wanted to represent the two major influences on Argentinian food culture and cooking,” says David Parker of the new pair of diners. He’s spent time living in Argentina.
Long-time collaborators Ewert Leaf architects is responsible for the fit-out, which will draw inspiration from the river and surrounding parks. It will remain in the spirit of the San Telmo family but have a contemporary edge.
“It’ll look considerably more modern than our usual style,” says Parker. “It has beautiful big windows and a large frontage with lots of natural light, something that our other venues haven’t had.”
“We’re excited to offer a great place for long lunches and afternoon snacks.”
Asado will open in April 2018 at Mirvac Riverside Quay in Southbank Melbourne.