The team behind the South American-inspired stable of San Telmo, Pastuso and Palermo has unveiled its latest project, with fiery Southbank newcomer Asado.
Named after the traditional Argentinian style of slow-cooked barbecue and the relaxed dining experience it informs, the bar and eatery is centred around an open fire pit and a custom-made three-metre-long charcoal parrilla grill. Bright, bold and buzzy, the 250-seater steers away from the moody, intimate feel of its siblings, boasting soaring windows and vibrant art deco features.
To match, chef Oliver Gould has designed a lively menu of authentic Argentinian flavours with Spanish touches. You'll spy the likes of snack-friendly jamón boards and tinned seafood, alongside diamond clams spiked with Manzanilla sherry, peas and banana chillies, grilled beef tongue skewers with chimichurri, and charred baby octopus paired with smoked paprika and squid ink.
Rounding out the fun, is a drinks list worthy of celebration — think sangria, Patagonian pilsner, top-notch sherry and a wine list that heroes the best of Argentina's Mendoza region.
Opening in the coming months, Asado's adjacent 'sandwicheria' will dish up a more casual affair for the area's lunchtime set.