Restaurant Reviews

Pastuso: Restaurant review



19 ACDC La
Melbourne, VIC


Mon-Wed noon-10pm, Thu-Sun noon-11pm


E $14-$25
M $34-$45
D $11-$13


Start revving your tastebuds as you navigate the cobblestones of ACDC Lane - Pastuso will put them into overdrive, from the first cloud-like Pisco Sour to the last spiced pumpkin and sweet potato doughnut. It's a smart (and sometimes noisy) space: the neon art, fire in the open kitchen and separate ceviche bar all adding to the palpable buzz. Fleet-footed staff guide you through the tight Peruvian menu and complimentary wine list. Get started with beef carpaccio or ceviche de langostinos - buttery prawns in a yuzu broth, with cones of purple kohlrabi and smoked caviar for a next-level umami boost. Taste the fire on the barramundi or the smoked and roasted half-chicken, the skin lava-black, the tender flesh a contrasting white, served with a citrus salsa that makes your tongue vibrate like a tuning fork. Toasty vegetables get similar kicks from charred olives that taste like a savoury sherbet. This is an exhilarating culinary trek.

(03) 9662 4556

Bookings recommended


  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Alejandro Saravia

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.