Tuesday 20 May 2008

Vino (and okay, maybe just a FEW dishes) at Bar Lourinha

Bar Lourinhã
37 Little Collins Street, Melbourne (map)
9663 7890

It had been a bitch of a day and I couldn't help but think "My God, WHITHER the daily office grind... I require a glass of red wine posthaste ERE I DIE". Luckily, best-friend-K was feeling exactly the same way so we decided to meet up after work for a snifter 'o wine.

Bar Lourinha

She was up at the Parliament end of the city so we selected Bar Lourinhã as our venue. For a Wednesday night the joint was jumping, but we managed to find a place on the sofa at the front. I selected a glass of Portuguese Meandro Do Vale Meão Tinta Roriz, whereas b-f-K went Italian with a Sangiovese by La Spinetta. Just a glass of wine, we told ourselves - we ought to head home straight away afterwards to cook our respective dinners.

But quelle surprise, with every sip that tapas menu was looking increasingly alluring. Surely just having a bit of tapas doesn't REALLY count cos it can double as a mere entrée (in the non-American sense of the word) to our home-cooked meals, right?

Yellow tail kingfish pancetta & lemon oil

We shared the famous yellow tail kingfish pancetta and lemon oil. It was $15 and tasted freaking lovely - the generous drizzle of lemon oil over the fresh fish, lemon thyme and spanish onion was the magic ingredient. We then shared a dish of roasted morcilla, red pepper and free range egg, just because it sounded so interesting. Also $15, the morcilla had a fantastic texture - juicy, soft but not crumbly - and tasted great with the eggy roasted pepper. It took all of our self control to stop at two dishes! :)

Roasted morcilla, red pepper and free range egg


KittyMeow said...

Yum that looks awesome!

claire said...

It tasted as awesome as it looked, kittymeow! If you haven't been to BH yet, I recommend that you do...