Ever since I came to Melbourne, I’ve been so lucky to have my sister take me to different restaurants that she’s been to and introduce me to so many delicious food. One of the first few places she took me to was Lorca, a Spanish cafe located in the Diagon Alley-esque alleyway at Centre Place. Seriously, that place looks like it came out of the Harry Potter books, or at least how we imagined it to be. An array of restaurants and cafes are lined up on both sides, and each one of them looks so distinct and unique. Centre Place is also very close to the Flinder’s Street Station, and in the heart of the city, which is usually always bustling with people.
Lorca’s definitely one of the places I’d suggest people to try, and it’s officially my current favorite Spanish restaurant/cafe, though I can’t see the throne being challenged anytime in the near future. The food there is great, the atmosphere’s lovely, the staff are nice… what’s not to love? On a side note, Lorca appeared in Running Man, a popular South Korean variety TV show!
– General Review –
- Service: 8/10
I don’t remember receiving any particularly bad service when accounting all the times I’ve been to Lorca. Most of the staff have been consistently friendly and quick to seat the customers and take their orders. Sure, the cafe would get crowded at times and staff were really busy on these occasions to respond to customers’ requests swiftly, but they’re quite rare.
- Servicescape: 8/10
One thing I love about Lorca is the atmosphere in the cafe. Although the cafe isn’t too big and the first floor is usually packed with people, customers may be seated on the second floor (depending on the crowd) where it is usually quieter. However, one of the perks of dining on the first floor is how you can look out towards the alleyway and immerse yourself in the presence of people, since there are also outdoor seats available. I think they’re the best during a clear and dry day. You can easily relax in this cafe and enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal, and it’s an ideal place for a chat.
(Sorry about the photos, it was packed with people so I couldn’t take a proper shot of the cafe’s layout etc.)
- Non-smoking area: Yes, most seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Yes, but quite limited.
- Price range: $$ (AU$15 – $25 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.5/10
– Food Experience –
1) Huevos al la Flamenca:
Meat lovers rejoice! The Huevos al la Flamenca is part of the breakfast menu and definitely one of my favorites in Lorca. The tomato ragout was full of amazing meat-goodiness including chorizo and jamón, served with poached eggs and peas, and came with bread as a side too. The dish was undoubtedly appetizing, although I felt like it could get a little salty, but the bread did help to balance out the savoriness. The eggs were poached perfectly, and the stew wasn’t too thick either. It’s absolutely a must-try!
2) Huevos Florentina:
The Huevos Florentina was similar to the Huevos Benedict where they both have poached eggs with spinach on top of the bread and topped with hollandaise sauce. The only difference is that this dish is served with salmon while the other was with ham. Again, the eggs were poached perfectly, the sauce was delectable, and the salmon was fresh. The portion may be a little small for some people though.
3) Huevos Benedict:
The Huevos Benedict was very similar to the previous dish, but came with ham instead of salmon. Again, its a fine dish, and one of my friend even claimed that it’s one of the best eggs Benedict she’s ever tried!
4) Gambas Pizza:
Another one of my favorites and recommendations is the Gambas Pizza. The pizza was divided into quarters and was only big enough to be shared between a couple of people, or eaten as a meal for one. The pizza was thin and crispy, and was garnished with prawns and minced garlic, mushrooms, and spinach. I didn’t even get sick of it after having three slices, although it did feel a little oily and salty after a while. Nonetheless – It. Was. Amazing.
Contact number: +61 3 9650 6337
Operating hours: Mon-Sat: Breakfast & Lunch
Fri: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Posted by: V