Posted on | March 31, 2013 | 6 Comments


If Melbourne ever gets over the Mexican food trend, will Latin/South American cuisine be the next thing working its way up the hot list?


Piqueos in North Carlton opened late last year, serving Argentinian food with a side of Peruvian. I like South American food so roped in Maz and Dazzle to have dinner a few weekends ago.

The menu is split into piqueos (small bites), raciones (slightly larger starter dishes) and parrilla (charcoal grilled food) with a short list of salads and accompaniments. You can also order the chef’s tasting menu for $60.


From the piqueos part, we ordered two serves of the humita ($6 each) – corn husks filled with char grilled corn puree.

I had to laugh when I opened the corn husk, because honestly? It’s not particularly appetising looking. Fortunately, it tasted much better than it looked – sweet, a little smokey, and slightly spiced.


Piqueos has three types of empanadas available ($4.50 each) so we had one of each:

Carne – beef, olive and egg.

Pollo – chicken and char grilled corn.

Queso – cheese, potato and char grilled onion.

The rich pastries were pretty tasty, with my favourite being the chicken.


We ordered two raciones.

The first was the provoleta ($11) – grilled provolone cheese.

Hot. Dayum. Grilled. Cheese.

As Dazzle said, “There’s not enough grilled cheese in this world,” and it’s a statement I heartily agree with.


Look, stretchy!

Beef ribs

The second was the Tira de asado ($19) – slow cooked Little Creek beef short ribs. As expected, they were tender and tasty and didn’t really need any sauce for accompaniment.


And finally, one dish from the parrilla – the pescado ($27) – locally caught fresh fish with chimmichurri and lime. I can no longer remember exactly what fish it was (food blogger fail) but it was a particularly meaty type. I actually wished we had ordered more from the parrilla part of the menu because the fish was lovely and smokey, having picked up great flavours from the grill.


We also couldn’t go past the papas ($8) – thick potato chips.


For desserts, we actually decided we were going to head out for gelato… and then decided we could fit in a pre-gelato dessert.

Dazzle had the Suspira Limeno ($5) – plum pisco meringue on top of a layer of dulce de leche.


Maz and I shared the picaron ($4) – fermented pumpkin donut with purple corn jam. I was interested as to how this would turn out – fermented pumpkin…? It wasn’t particularly pumpkiny (or fermented!) it was just a nice soft donut. The purple corn jam was a nice tangy touch.

I enjoyed dinner at Piqueos but in hindsight we definitely should’ve ordered more from the parilla part of the menu. They seem to be putting that grill to good use and I need more char-grilled meaty goodness in my life.

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298 Rathdowne Street
Carlton North
Phone: 03 9349 2777
Web: piqueos.com.au

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6 Responses to “Piqueos”

  1. leaf (the indolent cook)
    April 1st, 2013 @ 12:11 am

    I reckon we have enough Mexican in Melbourne and definitely can do with more Argentinean and Peruvian! Will try to remember to order more from the parilla menu when I go.
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  2. Ashley
    April 1st, 2013 @ 2:59 pm

    Would be great to see a little more of the heart of South America in the cuisine around here. I remember one of Brad’s friends who went to the Latin America street festival thing on Johnson Street was complaining that it was a poor exhibition on Latin American food, as he had actually previously lived in Cuba and other such areas for half a year or so.

    So basically. Yes. More please!

    And yes. More grilled cheese in all the life. The grilled food does look very good! Meringue dessert looks like my type of thing too..mmm!
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  3. msihua
    April 1st, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    Everyone needs more char-grilled goodness in their lives. This place looks great!


  4. GourmetGetaways
    April 3rd, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    LOL!! I have to agree “there is not enough grilled cheese in this world!”

    I LOVE grilled meat too, yum!

    Sounds delicious :)
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  5. Iron Chef Shellie
    April 5th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Glad i’m Maz 2.0 since you already have another Maz in your life :P
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  6. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    April 8th, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    I went to Piqueos a couple of weeks ago and really liked it and it’s nice to see that there are more South American restaurants opening up in Melbourne :)

    Did you like the humita? Because someone left a comment on my instagram and said it didn’t look very tasty hahaha I loved it!

    Ps I’m proud of you for ordering pre-gelato dessert! haaahaha
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