Going out for breakfast is always a pleasure, even more so when you’re in the centre of Melbourne and you have a bunch of bustling foodie laneways to choose from. One of my favourites is Centre Place where you can park your glutes at one of the many cafe’s and read the morning paper while crunching on buttered toast and sipping a coffee made with near precision.
One of the larger venues in the precinct is Lorca, a dimly-lit space with a large open window providing view of the people parade wandering past. The chalk board menu takes up the main wall and displays a great selection of Spanish/Portuguese dishes as well as some more conventional classics for the less adventurous.
The coffee is made with gusto and the scrambled eggs (9.5) come light and fluffy on soughdough toast. I fell in love with the desayuno Lorca (12), thin slices of jamon serrano and queso iberico on soughdough cob rubbed with fresh tomato and extra virgin olive oil. I couldn’t get enough of this in Spain on a recent trip so it was a real treat to find it here. Absolute perfection.