Hidden in the midst of Brunswick just past the corner of Sydney Road and Albert Street beats the heart of one of Melbourne's greatest cafe's that churns out delectable churros. Freshly made every morning by the owner Todd, the warm long sugar coated doughnut-like pastry wears a layer of caramel in its center. Slightly crispy at its first bite, warm, soft and chewy on the inside, this delicious creature amplifies one's taste buds.
La Paloma Café bears its Brazilian mark in its marble tiled coffee bar and floors. The menu is a chalkboard on the top left hand corner behind the coffee bar, with a handful of authentic South American dishes made to order. This includes empanadas and tortilla served with bread and salad.
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Wooden tables and chairs spells simplicity and an unassuming character. The needle from the turntable that sits on the counter explores melodies from all continents infusing a cultural essence. Coffees are a Brazilian blend, smooth to taste, delicious, and easy to drink with no bitter after taste.
The cash register is a box of change that sits on the counter, and is as relaxed as the price of the meals. Churros go for about $3.00 a piece, same price as the coffees, and the meals range between $7.50 - $12.50.
On the odd occasion, one may find a tea cake of sorts sitting on the counter, generally being demolished within ten minutes of arrival. Churros don't last long on a Saturday morning, and there have been moments where I had been left hanging, getting in just past noon. It has taken me some commitment but I have finally found the fine balance of sleeping in and desiring a churro.