Restaurant Guide

Bar Lourinhã: Restaurant review

After more than a decade, Bar Lourinhã's star power shows no signs of waning.

Address

37 Little Collins St
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Mon-Thu noon-11pm,
Fri-Sat noon-1am

Prices

Tapas $4-$8
Larger plates $16-$31
D $11

The key to Bar Lourinhã's 13-year CBD reign is simple. Consistency. Diners are welcomed like friends when they step into this bay-windowed shopfront and its eclectic world of flamenco dancer dolls and religious paraphernalia. There's consistency, too, in the food, the drinks and the guaranteed "buena onda" – good times. Worldly sorts will immediately clock the hallmarks of a great European bar: the stacked bottles offering elixirs from sherries to tempranillos; a wine list of site-specific grapes such as Spanish mencía and Venetian ribolla gialla; and a menu of tapas and larger raciones plates designed to seduce. Best to order with abandon: plunge into crunchy golden croquetas (perhaps stuffed with rich morcilla blood pudding) and scallops on the shell lent earthy character by peppercorns and a parsley-rich mojo verde. Lourinhã is an always dependable trip to the Iberian peninsula for heady, house-made chorizo – the lead act in a white bean and nettle stew – and wagyu cheeks melting in a golden syrup of Pedro Ximénez. A Cherry Ripe shooter of Ginjinha liqueur, served in an edible chocolate cup, is typical of the Iberian diplomacy Lourinhã brings to Melbourne.
Phone:
(03) 9663 7890
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Private room
  • Impressive wine list
Accepted card types:
  • American Express
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef(s):
Matthew McConnell
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.