I am a freelance writer born in Johannesburg now living in Melbourne. I love travelling and have lived in London and Taipei as well as travelling in and around South Africa. I have a great interest in exploring and love to share my finds with others.
Published September 1st 2012
Lorca café with an address in funky and unique Centre place is tucked neatly within this iconic laneway in the Melbourne CBD, which is just off Flinders lane and Degraves street.
The tiny laneway allows for Spanish style seating with a few tables outside tucked closely to the restaurant's low wall. These can accommodate up to four diners with comfort and the addition of heat lamps make wintery days and evenings quite pleasant.
Spanish style bar seating is available for perfect people watching just inside the venue along the large open bay windows. Tall bar stools and a large counter area give the venue that tapas feel one would associate with Spanish style restaurants. Inside the interior of the venue has a surprising number of tables placed comfortably without appearing over cramped.
The Spanish, Portuguese inspired menu has a western flair with a variety of choices spanning breakfast, lunch and dinner that appear on a simple and classic menu. A chalk board spanning the length of one wall in the restaurant displays specials each day. The menu includes classic brunch items with eggs many ways, porridge, croissants and a plenty of beverages including wines, tea, coffee and freshly squeezed juices. The menu also highlights Spanish classics such as Tortilla de Patata, which is a delicious Spanish omelette highlighting potatoes and onions surrounded by fluffy egg, Spanish Paella, French toast using a delicate brioche served with poached pair, honey and yoghurt and a popular apple strudel with cream.
Writers own photo - Tea
My party of two dined at classic tea time - 4pm and enjoyed English breakfast tea and Lemongrass Tea ($4.00 each) accompanied by 3 pieces of sourdough toast (with the menu listing choices of sourdough, white, rye and seed). The toast was served perfectly toasted and still warm with strawberry jam, butter and Vegemite ($4.70) that melted into the bread when spread. Both teas were brewed well and I am a huge fan of loose leaf tea presented in separate pots at the table. The toast although a simple dish was presented beautifully.
The Spanish staff were friendly although busy with a number of people dining at the same time but our ordered items arrived within a reasonable time.
I will definitely return to this lovely café for another relaxing afternoon of that eclectic atmosphere and a touch of people watching.