Monday, 19 January 2009

Bar Lourinha

It could be a nod to the municipality in Portugal, or a clever sounding phrase. Who really cares when the tapas served up at this quirkily decorated hole in the wall is Billy Elliot (as a grown up) divine. Simplicity, yet utter bliss in the signature yellow tail kingfish ‘pancetta’ & lemon oil, the light citrus notes compliment the thinly sliced peachy flesh. Equally delightful, roasted mushrooms and garlic cream, though less successful for me was the banderillos, tooth-picked skewers of cucumber, octopus, pickle and olive, a bit too lively in sour vinegar for me. Definitely try the slow cooked lamb shoulder in sherry and paprika, which melts off the bone and guaranteed to warm any hearts of ice. Churros or a mousse of spiced dark chocolate and hazelnut topped with crystals of ruby toffee has a majestic smoothness that leaps on the tongue. With the menu changing seasonally, return trips are a no brainer, provided you’ll box the legions of loyal fans for a seat. Out of respect for the restaurant, no photos either. This is one bar you don’t want to be barred from.

4 / 5 yums!
Where? 37 Little Collins St, Melbourne, VIC
What? Dishes under $20

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