Yellow tail kingfish panchetta and lemon oil: It should be illegal to taste so good!!! Slivers of kingfish were drizzled in a lemony or lemon-scented oil and were sprinkled with what appeared to be sumac, as well as bits of red onion and a herb, whose identity escapes me. To paraphrase Kramer from Seinfeld, these bits of kingfish were sliced thinly so that the flavour has nowhere to hide!
Chorizo with apple cider and preserved lemon: the preserved lemon and sweet paprika flavouring of the sauce gave the chorizo added lift (not that chorizo really needs anything to add further to its yumbo-jumboness!). Definite sensory overload (but in a very, very good way!!!)
Roasted mushrooms and garlic cream: Luscious garlic-infused sauce saw us wanting to lick the tray clean, though proper decorum prevented us from following through with this primative urge. This dish though did provoke one of us to coin the term "tastebud orgy"... 'nuff said!
Churros and dulce de leche: It should be mandatory to try an establishment's take on that classic staple, fried dough, in this case Bar Lourinha's offering of those delightful little morsels known as churros. These whispy little things were sublime and almost dissolved when consumed. Just to be controversial, I'm going to step up here and declare these to be even better than the ones they serve at MoVida. I like the chocolate dipping sauce here better as I found it less spicier and cinnamon-ey.
Pomegranate crema and pistachio praline: this divine bowl of panna cotta-like bliss was da bomb, ya hear?!! As you can see from the picture, we couldn't even wait to take an untainted photo. Lady Lunchalot blogged this place too and had a version with pomegranate with blood orange, which sounds heavenly though I guess it depends on seasonal availability of produce.
Tipples of choice for the evening:
Sparkling? NV' Canella Proscecco, Italy
Blanco? '05 Vinho Verde, Portugal
Rose? '06 Golden Ball, Grenache, Beechworth
Update: In the time since I last ate at BL, another food blogger posted a review on his blog describing a slightly different experience to the one I had. Apparently the owner/chef of BL was not impressed and allegedly sent an email to Thanh of the cease and desist variety, citing the dubious reason of photo-related copyright infringement. We have yet to receive a similar missive, but that may be more related to the fact that we don't actually have an email contact listed on this blog rather than the lack of offense generated by my contrastingly positive review. If this email really came from Matt Connell, then this is a cause for worry. I like to read other food blogs to get another person's perspective on places they've eaten, recipes they've tried and to get new ideas on food. As with all things, not everyone will have a glowing review of a place, much in the same way that its a given that not everyone is going to love the latest sequel for Spiderman or Pirates of the Caribbean or Shrek, or whatever. I can't speak for other readers of food blogs, but one negative review isn't going to make me less keen to try out a place, all its going to do is offer me someone's opinion. If every dodgy or unfavourable review causes chefs to hunch up and launch this kind of C & D knee-jerk reaction, then where does the line get drawn?