Location: 19 Acdc Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Telephone: (03) 9662 4556
Pastuso is my current fave eatery in Melbourne. Everything about this place is great. The service is fantastic, knowledgable, efficient and super friendly. The food and drink are fantastic, and the venue itself is spacious, light and gorgeous.
My partner and I decided to stop in for an early dinner on the way to watch a game of tennis. I had made the reservation about a week earlier, and was only able to get a table because it was quite an early dinner. Oh, am I glad that I did get a table. I love the ambience of Pastuso; it’s a perfect, relaxed and romantic setting where you can talk easily without having to raise voices and lean in to hear people.
I was very tempted to go for their Feed Me option but the waitress recommended that we order A la carte due to our time limitations. Apparently, the Feed Me option takes at least 90 minutes to enjoy, whereas we only had 60 minutes. This was perfectly okay with me because I wanted to try almost everything on the menu anyway.
Our meal started with a couple of ceviches. The prawn ceviche ($25), or ceviche de langostinos, comes with some Crystal Bay prawns that are lightly poached in ponzu. This was light and delicious.
I also tried the swordfish ceviche that comes topped with YV salmon roe – yet another delicious dish.
Next up was a first for me: alpaca ragout. I have never eaten alpaca before and was slightly hesitant about it tasting overly gamey BUT I was pleasantly surprised. This was a traditional Peruvian dish that comes served with radish and celeriac.
The final savouries that I tried were a whole grilled calamari served with a chilli salsa and sweet potato puree, and beef loin and swordfish skewers with corn and zucchini. Both of these dishes were mouth-wateringly good. The calamari was perfectly cooked and delicious.
Those skewers were to die for. Just writing about them makes me want to go back there right now!
To wrap up our meal, I ordered a serve of suspiro a la limena – a cream caramel, topped with sherry marinated currants and pedro ximenez meringue shards. The waitress suggested this as it was one of the more traditional Peruvian desserts. It was very tasty, albeit very sweet and certainly too rich for just one person (though I did pretty well!).
It goes without saying that Pastuso is worth every single calorie and I highly recommend trying out this place for a meal. I cannot wait for my next visit.