San Telmo, Improv Conspiracy, Lily Blacks in Meyers Place
San Telmo, Improv Conspiracy and Lily Blacks are some of Melbourne's best experiences; and are all together in Meyers Place. The World Loves Melbourne (David and Ted) was part of a promotional journey invited to check out all three venues in a night of enjoyment and discovery. It's a great concept - to market three top venues next to each other for a complete night out. And we recommend Melburnians do what we did and get on board.
San Telmo is a top Argentinian restaurant in Melbourne and one of the best places in town for meats and steaks.
Walk into a world of flames, cow hides, open kitchen, relaxed dining, antique doors and 1930's coloured glass soda bottles.
The World Loves Melbourne loves the dark tones of San Telmo with its South American vibe echoing the neighbourhood of San Telmo in Buenos Aires (a place visited by The World Loves Melbourne). Yes we've eaten fine steak in Buenos Aires so we were keen to compare.
The Argentinian Parrilla Grill is also a standout attraction, particularly the theatre from sitting at the counter with the kitchen action unfolding in front of you.
A signature dish is the Empenadas with beef, chorizo, capsicum and pea. This is a traditional Argentinian pastry cooked to perfection with golden crunchy exterior and burst of rustic flavours inside. You can't visit San Temo without experiencing this.
It's entertaining to sit watching the action at the parrilla.
Of course a South American experience is not complete without a Ceviche featuring lemon cured white fish.
A highlight was the Vacio steak featuring O'Connor's premium pasture fed flank steak. This was served with fresh and zesty Lechuga baby cos lettuce with shallots and horseradish dressing, and the Papas crushed potato, green olive, parsley and garlic aoli. The perfect combination. Of course O'Connor meats are some of Australia's finest, and are taken to next level from cooking on the parrilla.
The potatoes were crunchy on the outside and soft inside. The chimichurri sauce, traditionally served with steak, was a tangy delight.
Argentinian wines were a perfect match - and we preferred the more full bodied reds.
Another highlight is the small dishes such as this Morcilla, spiced black sausage. this was so flavoursome melt in your mouth. One to file away for next time.
Steaks cut in the kitchen before being served.
San Telmo gets busy.
Burnt carrots with hazelnuts, thyme and garlic, goats curd.
In the mood for steak we ordered the Ojo de Bife O'Connor's premium dry aged rib eye. This is the premium cut of steak at San Telmo and was again a melt in your mouth experience. Bring on the marbled fat we say!
A steak lovers paradise.
San Telmo is an outstanding Argentinian restaurant.
Then it was on to Improv Conspiracy for comedy across the road...
Improv Conspiracy is a superb affordable comedy experience in Melbourne. Nestled amongst Melbourne’s Meyers Place, Improv Conspiracy consists of a group of dedicated improvisational artists who have studied at Chicago’s iO theatre (think Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler etc.).