The team behind Melbourne favourites, Pastuso and San Telmo, are back at it again with a Fitzroy venture set to spice up Brunswick Street.
CHE is an innovative concept – part chicken shop, part Latin American eatery, and is set to trigger childhood memories of suburban chicken shops with a splash of Latin American flair thrown in for good measure.
The name was inspired by Argentinian slang – it means buddy, but it’s also an acronym for CHE’s three specialities – chicken, helados (ice cream) and empanadas.
These delicious dishes will be available in a selection of different flavours and styles, all of which will be overseen by Head Chef, Alejandro Saravia (Pastuso). The signature CHE charcoal chicken will be marinated in Peruvian chilli and dark beer for 48 hours before it is cooked to perfection in the venue’s custom-made charcoal smoker / grill.
Empanada wise, you can expect a selection of beef, chicken and vegetarian options, all of which are served with a side salad. For the ultimate experience, opt for the chicken shop staple – crunchy iceberg lettuce and radish with a creamy dressing is the perfect empanada side.
The helados will include a delectable twist on a classic – dulce de leche soft serve with blueberry and Malbec jam and crushed macadamias. A mouth-watering Argentinian inspired dessert. All of the offerings can be enjoyed with a selection of beers and Argentinian wines.
In addition to the flagship offerings, Alejandro will be taking ‘made-from-scratch’ to the next level, making his own chicken salt from dehydrated, smoked and ground chicken skin.
CHE guests can sit inside and sample the treats as they admire the design, which pays homage to the street-food culture of Argentina and Peru. If you don’t want to venture out, you can opt to have anything from the menu delivered to your door.
Customers can also buy marinades in store, as well as Sunday roast dinners to take home, meaning the CHE experience doesn’t have to end when you leave the restaurant.
Owner-slash-chef Alejandro said “Putting a Latin American twist on a chicken shop combines the Australian childhood memory with my childhood memory of visiting my local empanada stores as a child.
“We’re recreating these memories with a delicious offering that people can enjoy in-store or at home.”
Be sure to check out CHE when it opens in mid June 2017.