It’s difficult to go to a new cafe or restaurant without expectations when you’ve read so many good things about it. When I eventually got to La Paloma in Brunswick recently my expectations had been fueled by affirmative reviews, from Mistletone’s description of the sandwiches to Truffle’s raving about the churros and coffee. There’s also a recent review by Words and Flavours that got me inspired again to visit and a good description of La Paloma and other small cafes in the inner north in the Age. Everything they say is true – La Paloma is wonderful.
First, the coffee is excellent: strong and rich with fantastic flavour.
The interior is a mixture of colours and furniture: blue in the front room, red in the middle room with green, black and orange touches. There’s also an antique table football game.
More importantly, the food is delicious and almost unbelievably inexpensive. The amazing poached eggs and sausage in a tomato and capsicum sauce with homemade labne, bread and salsa is $10 and the tortilla with salad is $6! It’s too good to be that cheap. I wanted to pay more. I felt like I was exploiting them, particularly because the staff were so welcoming and friendly.
Locals no doubt visit often, but as a visitor to Brunswick (albeit a close and regular one) I will have to come up with excuses to go more often. If I’m running low on sun dried tomatoes and have to make an emergency trip to Mediterranean Wholesalers, for example, then I may have to drop into La Paloma afterwards to recover from the stress of dodging nonnas with trolleys full of panettones.