Friday, 4 November 2016

Piqueos - Restaurant Review - North Carlton

Piqueos (298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North, Melbourne) is a South American inspired restaurant.  This automatically makes Piqueos stand out from the crowd and that's a good thing.  Melbourne's already a diverse place but the more Latin American the better, particularly if they make their menu stand out.

Piqueos interior
Piqueos Interior
Piqueos is a pretty small restaurant and does have a cramped feel to it.  The brickwork while semi common these days does look nice and its a generally welcoming place.  It has lots of natural light coming in as well so all up, nothing to complain about.

Piqueos yuca fries
Yuca fries(yuca frita)
At Piqueos you do get a few different ingredients which is kind of nice.  Most of us love potato chips so what about a South American version?  Piqueos dishes up yucca fries.  They are nicely golden brown and are a bit different in texture from your typical French fries.  They are pretty good but maybe I'm too conditional to the good old potato.  Good but not exceptional.

Piqueos quinoa salad
Quinoa salad
The quinoa salad comprising of quinoa, broccoli, fennel, peas and lemon is great.  Simple, fresh, vibrant and flavour some.  If you like salads I'm sure you'll be pretty happy. 

Piqueos cordero
The slow cooked (12 hours) marinated lamb is certainly tender and has a nice slightly acidic accompaniment.  I wouldn't rave about this but I'm not complaining either.  It is pretty good for its price though so it's definitely worth trying if you pay a visit.

The coconut parfait with chocolate is a great combination.  It doesn't sound too South American to me but I'm not complaining.  It's surprising when you think about it how little coconut is used in desserts.  Anyway, very nice and it looks a treat as well.

Piqueos coconut parfait
Coconut parfait with chocolate
I really enjoyed Piqueos.  The food is generally very good and some dishes are excellent.  I also like that Piqueos is a bit different from everything out there.

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Piqueos is great for something different and for a group function.  Gather your friends up for a special night out and be treated to something special.  I am happy to recommend Piqueos.

Rating: 4 stars -   

Would I go again - Yes
Would I recommend to  a friend - Yes

Telephone: (03) 9349 2777
298 Rathdowne St, Carlton North, Melbourne VIC 3054

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