The reception was warm and friendly. Drinks order was taken quickly, specials ran through and an order placed. All very efficient and done with a smile.
The Yelllowtail Kingfish pancetta with lemon oil was delightful. With the texture of air dried fish, the thick slices were fragrant with lemon and had that cured salty after taste that pancetta leaves in the mouth.
What was very much our bad were the grilled Northern king prawns with chilli salt that were sweet and fresh and oh so tasty with the chargrill BBQ thing going on.
The mushrooms with garlic cream were also good and there were a lot of them. Pork, morcilla, apple and lemon crumbs was a very rich dish reminiscent of cassoulet.
We ended things with the blood orange crema and burnt orange caramel that we shared. Citrussy, toffee, burnt sugary flavours softened by a silky cream. It's an intense dessert, far from light but a real power punch of a dessert.
Overall, I enjoyed the Bar Lourinha experience. Casa Ciuccio (sister restaurant) is my preferred but the feel at Bar Lourinha is less sit down meal and more convivial...casual even. I like it as a post work option....relaxed, buzzy, warm and welcoming.