CHE - Dulce de leche soft serve with roasted macadmias and malbec and blueberry jam, roasted macadamias, Alfajor w dulce de leche ($3)

Che, Fitzroy

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Hey Fitzroy, there’s a new chicken joint in town. This one is by Chef Alejandro Saravia and the rest of the team behind San Telmo and Pastuso: Renee and Jason McConnell, and David and Michael Parker. CHE is a cosy little place, occupying the space that used to be Shocolate, though there’s also outdoors seating around the side.

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You’re greeted by twin chickens before reaching the front door, which is adorned with an empanada handle. They’re clearly serious about their empanadas here. ‘Che’ is a word used in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay meaning ‘mate’, or ‘buddy’. It’s also a play on words, with CHE becoming an acronym for Chicken, Helados and Empanadas – their three specialties.

CHE - Quinoa cooked in almond milk w pickled cucumber, crispy kale, broccoli and golden beetroot
Quinoa cooked in almond milk w pickled cucumber, crispy kale, broccoli and golden beetroot

Those aren’t the only three things on the menu though. There’s a range of salads, including a tangy number with quinoa, pickled cucumber, crispy kale, broccoli and golden beetroot.

CHE - Traditional beef w minced Gippsland beef, green olives, currants and egg, smoked chicken empanada ($5 ea)
CHE - Traditional beef w minced Gippsland beef, green olives, currants and egg, smoked chicken empanada ($5 ea)
Traditional beef w minced Gippsland beef, green olives, currants and egg, smoked chicken empanada ($5 ea)

At the moment CHE serves four varieties of empanada. The flavoursome traditional beef empanada contains currents, egg and a slight tangy hit from green olives. Corn and cheese, smoked beef and smoked chicken are the other tasty options.

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CHE - Mini Pollo Rollo - Che's signature roasted chicken roll - grilled chicken w apple, red cabbage and coriander slaw, pickled cucumber and fermented chilli sauce
CHE - Mini Pollo Rollo - Che's signature roasted chicken roll - grilled chicken w apple, red cabbage and coriander slaw, pickled cucumber and fermented chilli sauce
Mini Pollo Rollo - Che's signature roasted chicken roll - grilled chicken w apple, red cabbage and coriander slaw, pickled cucumber and fermented chilli sauce
CHE - Free range chicken marinated in Peruvian spices and dark beer for 48hrs, roasted over charcoal grill, hand-cut chips, chimichurri
Free range chicken marinated in Peruvian spices and dark beer for 48hrs, roasted over charcoal grill, hand-cut chips, chimichurri

Free-range chicken is marinated in Peruvian spices and dark beer for 48 hours, then cooked rotisserie-style over a charcoal grill. A number of sides and sauces are available to go with the juicy chicken; don’t skimp on the chips. They’re super crispy, as if they’ve been twice-cooked, and seasoned with chicken salt. Also delicious is the Pollo Rollo, which is filled with roast chicken, an apple, red cabbage and coriander slaw, pickled cucumber and fermented chilli sauce.

CHE - Dulce de leche soft serve with roasted macadmias and malbec and blueberry jam, roasted macadamias, Alfajor w dulce de leche ($3)
Dulce de leche soft serve with roasted macadmias and malbec and blueberry jam, roasted macadamias, Alfajor w dulce de leche

For sweets, there are alfajore biscuits filled with dulce de leche, and the smooth and addictive dulce de leche helados with the option of adding in salty roasted macadamias and/or malbec and blueberry jam.

Our taste of the menu tonight left quite the impression. I’m already thinking about when to return for more CHE.

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Disclaimer: I was invited to CHE as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time

CHE
Shop 3, 296 Brunswick Street
(Enter from Johnston St)
Fitzroy, VIC, 3065
http://www.che.melbourne/
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