Ballarat’s South American restaurant, Pancho, named in the Good Food Guide | The mail

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Armstrong Street’s South American restaurant, Pancho, earned its place among the state’s top restaurants, being named in this year’s Good Food Guide. Pancho joined gourmet restaurants Ballarat Underbar and Mr Jones Dining on a prestigious list after just two years in business. Pancho co-owner Simone Baur-Schmid said she and her partner Jose Fernandez only found out they made the guide after receiving kudos from customers throughout the day. “It took a little while to figure out what the congratulations were for, we weren’t sure if it was for the marquee and the alfresco dining and getting them back until someone mentioned it was to be part of the Good Food Guide, ”she said. IN OTHER NEWS: “It took us a lot by surprise and the initial reaction was obviously a bit shocked, but that’s to credit for the hard work we’ve put in over the past couple of years. It’s definitely something. great thing that happened in ‘After the last couple of years it’s been with COVID and the lockdowns and closures and the layoffs and re-entry of staff and that sort of thing, it’s just a credit not just for us, but also our staff and the great job they do in terms of food and hospitality. from Mexico in the north, to Argentina in the south. “There’s a lot of fusion and things like that. there, but what we really wanted to do was emulate a true Latin American experience and live it from anywhere from Mexico to Argentina, from a wide range of cultures and bring it all together in a small hall, ”she said. “Trying to create this experience for people, not only those who are of Latin American descent to find a place where they can dine and have this real experience, but also to have it available to people who have no maybe never experienced anything like it before. ” Ms Baur-Schmid said the education of Mr Fernandez, who was born in Spain and raised in Argentina, was the key to Pancho’s success. “There has always been a demand for something from Latin America and South America because there are a lot of cultures that go towards South American food, but we wanted to create something not just for Jose can express himself and cook like he’s used to growing up in Venezuela, but also being able to bring something a little different to Ballarat, “she said.” We are much more of a casual dining place and that is something that we wanted to create and that we wanted to focus on, it’s a place where everyone can come and feel comfortable and experience a different kind of culture. ”Being appointed alongside others who are there – high like Underbar, it was a shock, but it’s just recognition for the hard work we have done and everything we have worked for over the past two years. ” If you see this post, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Mail because we’ve made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you very much for your support and allowing us to continue telling the Ballarat story. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.


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