A modern Peruvian grill, cevicheria and pisco bar, Pastuso celebrates the food, culture and diversity of Peru from the moment diners enter the venue and indulge in a pisco sour.
The restaurant has recently launched their new spring/summer menu which is simply stunning.
In line with the restaurant’s social setting, the dishes are all perfect for sharing. To start we loved the Quinoa hummus. A beautiful amalgamation of toasted golden quinoa, hulled tahini, dill oil finished with sundried Peruvian chilli dust, the hummus went really well with crisp flatbread.
A visit to a Peruvian restaurant would of course be incomplete without ceviche. Displaying technique and skilful restraint, the dish of Peruano was beautifully presented. A citrus-based marinade with caramelised sweet potato cured the Ruby red snapper. It was a wonderful mélange of salinity, sweetness and acidity.
The Swordfidh anticuchos blew our minds with its wonderfully tender texture and amazing flavour courtesy of being coated in a moreish huacatay and aji amarillo sauce.
The Tiradito de sardinas was similarly delicious – Port Lincoln cured sardine fillets, coriander tiger’s milk, spring onion.
From the street food section of the menu, the Pastel de choclo is not to be missed. We loved the fluffy sweet corn cakes that were adorned with whipped feta, black garlic, baby corn, asparagus, spring onion and topped with alfalfa.
For mains meat eaters will rejoice at the generous selections. The COSTILLAS DE TERNERA is a thing of beauty, melt in your mouth Torello veal ribs served with smoked chilli salsa and pickled radicchio.
And then there’s the El pollo. Silky and tender Bannockburn free range 1/2 chicken, smoked and roasted with a traditional spring onion, lemon, and lime salsa. Just yum!
Dessert time continues to please at Pastuso. Think Tres leches – Traditional Latin American sponge cake, soaked in three kinds of milk, with yuzu custard and passionfruit sorbet or our personal favourite the Pie de limon – a traditional Peruvian lemon pie with plum Pisco meringue
Free pisco sour at Pastuso in October
Pastuso has served up almost 500 pisco sours a week since opening in 2014. This number is set to total at 100,000 pisco sours in October.
To celebrate the milestone, Pastuso has teamed up with The Pisco People to reward all customers who have helped reach the impressive number. Throughout the month of October, all customers who book online for lunch will receive a free pisco sour and will be in with a chance to win a premium pisco hamper worth $400.
The lucky winner will receive:
A selection of premium piscos from Cuatro G’s, including their ‘Quebranta’, ‘Mosto Verde Quebranta’ and their ‘Mosto Verde Acholado’ provided by The Pisco People (valued at $235)
Voucher for 15% off The Pisco People online store
Lunch for two people at Pastuso, to the value of $150, where of course, more pisco will be flowing to accompany a meal full of signature ceviche, fire-roasted meats, Peruvian street food and more
A pisco masterclass for 10 people
Bringing pisco to the forefront of the Australian cocktail scene is Pastuso’s way of paying homage to an important part of the rich Peruvian culture. Pastuso is also hosting regular Pisco Masterclasses, taught by pisco master Miguel Bellido. The class includes a tasting of different styles of pisco for $45 per person. Groups of 6-10 people receive three drinks and an assortment of Peruvian snacks. The next pisco masterclasses are on Saturday 6th and Saturday 20th October.
Free pisco sour with lunch booking: Bookings via: http://pastuso.com.au
Only available with online bookings through the whole of October, 12pm-3pm
Location: 19 AC/DC Lane, Melbourne
Phone: 03 9662 4556