Melbourne’s very own San Telmo is truly inspired by its namesake barrio in Buenos Aires – rustic, bohemian, brimming with antiques and one-off finds collected by the Parker brothers (the owners) on their travels in and around Buenos Aires. You can count on each item having a story behind it too, such as the entrance doors, which were bought from a wrecking yard after being salvaged from a mansion in San Telmo.
The globetrotting flavour addicts behind the restaurant are brothers Dave and Mickey Parker, Melbourne entrepreneurs Jason and Renee McConnell (The Aviary, The Vic, Hoo Haa’s, George Lane Bar and New York Tomato) and head chef Chris Moran, who previously worked as a sous chef at The Grand Hotel in Richmond and spent two years in Canada at top-end steakhouses Jacobs and Co. in Toronto and La Queue de Cheval in Montreal.
The parrilla (pronounced pa-ri-sha in Argentina) is a masterful piece of craftsmanship. Devour share plates of different cuts of beef, all cooked before you on the parrilla. If you’re in for an after-work drink or waiting for a table, enjoy empanadas at the 10-metre hardwood bar, washed down with Malbec and beers from Argentina. Or pop in for breakfast in the courtyard and grab a medialuna (Argentinean croissant) filled with dulce de leche with a Five Senses coffee.