Sassy younger sister Palermo adopts a contemporary twist on the age-old Argentinean tradition of sharing the finest grilled cuisine and best wine with friends, family and lovers.
Continuing the legacy of one of the CBD’s most revered restaurants, San Telmo, Palermo borrows from the Meyers Place institution’s boisterous old-world charm, fusing it with a nonchalant new-world chic and penchant for the flamboyant.
Palermo was designed by architects Ewert Leaf (Neptune, Rock Sugar, Feast of Merit) and is a nod to the vibrant and eclectic barrio of the same name in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Split over two levels, with the second being a mezzanine, Palermo design elements include raw timbers, rich bespoke carpet, steel framing, a cow hide feature wall, retro black and white tiles, lighting fashioned using antique syphon bottles, a marble bar, and alluring portraits of Argentinian screen siren Coca Sarli. During Palermo’s construction, a mural from a previous restaurant – Marchetti’s Tuscan Grill – was discovered, an Italian scene commissioned in 1991 depicting “Tuscan hills ”. It will serve as a key focal point at Palermo.
Palermo’s showpiece is undoubtedly the blistering embers of its rustic red brick Asado fire pit. Akin to the traditional tailor-made Argentinean Parrilla grill, the Asado invites both spectacle and intimacy via a bed of searing flames and charcoal. Splaying whole raised beasts, the smouldering circular redbrick fire pit exudes a bush campfire feel, yet the mouth-watering slow roasting method stokes an unmistakably vibrant spirit.
Buenos Aires’ largest and most vibrant barrio Palermo shares obvious parallels with Melbourne’s thriving laneway culture, with a similarly eclectic mix of street art, restaurants, bars and designer chic. An urban catwalk of pavement-coffee-sipping swagger, Palermo and its residents are hip. And they know it.
Palermo’s logo, designed by talented artist TJ Guzzardi, infuses the stylised lines and blooming flowers of the Fileteado technique – a cherished form of art from Buenos Aires used to adorn beloved ornaments and the barrios.
Local design team Ewert Leaf crafted the chic 150-seat dining setting to reflect Palermo’s artistic heritage while arousing the look and feel of a classic Argentinian steakhouse – with bookings available from 8 to 40 in our private dining rooms.
Lavished with Chesterfield-style banquette seating and cowhide leather features, the Palermo’s interior embodies one of Argentina’s quintessential cultural icons and sex symbol’s – glamour model and actress Coca Sarli. Palermo’s fire reflects the barrior’s effortless charm and verve. It’s an inviting avenue for customers to share a Malbec together, engage with staff, and fuse that social spark that’s such an integral part of Argentinean culture.