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Piqueos — Churrasqueria y Bar, South American Restaurant. Carlton North

Written by on 10 April, 2013 in Restaurant Reviews - No comments

Piqueos (pro­nounced “pi-keh-os) is a new South Amer­i­can restau­rant, offer­ing food inspired by Peru­vian and Argen­tin­ian cul­tures. Nes­tled in the homely and sub­ur­ban rath­downe street, on the north side of carl­ton, Piqueos is mak­ing a wel­comed attempt to bring a new restau­rant con­cept. it’s a nice step away from the some­what fever­ish wave of other exotic, worldly, travel inspired restau­rants that have opened over the past 5 years in Melbourne.

Piqueos fit­tingly sits on a tree-lined-quiet street spar­ely dot­ted with arti­san bak­eries, antique stores and even a laun­dro­mat. The restau­rant itself opens up to the street, with glass win­dow fronting the pedes­trian path. Inside, a neat and what seemed to be an extremely well stocked bar sits hand­somely as the cen­tre­piece of the restau­rant, with a host of bar stools lined around it seat­ing the casual din­ers. Seats and tables are com­fort­ably spaced around the venue, even as the restau­rant fills up at around the 7:45pm-8pm din­ner rush on a Fri­day night. Exposed bricks lined one side of the build­ing, with those dec­o­ra­tive lights that Mel­bourne has become more and more accus­tomed to dimly light­ing the warm setting.

The restau­rant and con­cept is the brain child of Shaun Burke and Dave Mills, two well trav­elled guys who brought the con­cept over after work­ing in the UK. The menu itself is shar­ing in nature, fus­ing Peru­vian and Argen­tine flavours and offer­ing a selec­tion of unique cock­tails and drinks. The menu is cat­e­gorised by var­i­ous sized dishes, rang­ing from ‘Piqueos’ to ‘Raciones’ and the ‘Par­illa’, it’s prob­a­bly best to ask the waiter for rec­om­men­da­tions for those unfa­mil­iar with the dishes already. A range of spe­cials are also pre­sented by the wait­ers out­side of the items on its menu.

Despite the dif­fi­culty in pro­nounc­ing the restaurant’s name when asked where din­ner was to be for the evening (we curi­ously tried “pi-kay”, “pi-kos”), the restau­rant is mem­o­rable for the right rea­sons. It’s busy, but the ser­vice is as good as it gets and we found the food very good. Seri­ously, the roasted egg­plant and sweet potato (Beren­je­nas y Camote– $8)- amaz­ing, and it’s all very well priced.

Address: 298 Rath­downe Street, Carl­ton North
Phone Num­ber: (03) 9349 2777

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By Ying Wang. I like bars, and not just the chocolate type.

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