With the arrival of new eatery CHE, from the Pastuso and San Telmo team, comes an Argentinean flair to Fitzroy.
Set to open its doors August 5, CHE, which is Spanish slang for “buddy” and also an acronym for its three specialities — chicken, helados (ice-cream) and empanadas — will see a burst of Argentinian classics in an already vibrant Fitzroy.
Situated on the corner of Brunswick and Johnston Streets, CHE will bring back the nostalgia of suburban chicken shops, but with a premium Latin American spin brought by Peruvian Chef, Alejandro Saravia (previously Executive Chef at Pastuso). “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,” says Saravia.
The charcoal chicken will be marinated with Peruvian chilli and dark beer for 48 hours and then cooked in the venue’s custom-made charcoal smoker/grill. Saravia will also be making his own chicken salt from dehydrated chicken skins, which he will smoke and grind into a salt.
As well as the chicks, you can expect three different empanadas: beef, roast chicken, and a vegetarian made with pumpkin, pesto and fetta. Add in a side salad and end your meal on a dulce de leche soft serve with blueberry and Malbec jam and topped crushed macadamia nuts. There is also a selection of Argentinian wines on offer.
There is the option to dine in the 40-seat venue, which is set up to highlight the street food culture of Argentina and Peru, but the whole menu is also available for delivery.
Che will open August 5.
296 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Open seven days.