Argentinian steakhouse Asado, sister to Palermo, has recently opened in Southbank under Head Chef Oliver Gould (ex- Stokehouse and Perth’s The Shorehouse).
It’s a huge dining room (250-seater) and, much like the other venue, has a vibrant, sassy atmosphere with a masculine touch, with luxurious leather couches, loud music and cowskin on the menus. The signature charcoal parrilla grill can be seen from all tables, and the smoky aroma of meat fills the air.
Most of the dishes are designed to share. Start with the más pequeño (smaller dishes), such as white fish ceviche, pickled corn and charred spring onion, with a subtle citrus touch supplied by tangelo. Fuertes (mains) include pollo – half a chicken with mapucha spice and lemon. Solomillo – a juicy, tender steak served rare on the bone – may go down as one of the best of your life. The 500g ojo de bife (O’Connor’s premium dry-aged pasture-fed rib eye) is succulent and delicious, matched well with the house-made chimichurri and salsa.
PSST! The custom-built refrigeration unit displays aged meats. These beasts were raised on rich pasture throughout different parts of Australia.