Restaurant Reviews

Bar Lourinhã: Restaurant review

Address

37 Little Collins St
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

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

Prices

E $4-$8
M $16-$30
D $3-$11

REVIEW

Even after 10 years, some things at Bar Lourinhã – like the kingfish pancetta, salt-cured and dressed in a lemon-thyme oil – never change. Other things, like the interior, sometimes do. A makeover has seen the high tables that flanked the bar replaced with banquette seating and low marble tables, making the space feel bigger and brighter. At the bar, the same antique bric-a-brac under strings of dried garlic and chilli provide plenty to peer at if you can divert attention away from the tapas: crunchy zucchini flowers swollen with queso fresco, plump white anchovies on puffs of fried bread, and porky croquetas. For raciones, charry octopus, corn and Manchego is a must, while the blood-orange cream cloaked under a layer of bitter caramel is an excellent finish. The comprehensive, mostly Mediterranean wine list makes it easy to find something to match.
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.