It's pretty hard to get your dear old Ecumer out of the house at breakfast time. Partly it's that I eat little or nothing for breakfast, some toast and Vegemite, or maybe oatmeal (yes, oatmeal. Not soggy and gluey though. I'll tell you about it some day), so I don't generally want much.
More so it's that when I go out to eat I like to have something I can't (or can't be bothered) cooking for myself at home, and most breakfast places do toast, cereal, eggs, bacon, mushrooms. I can do those, so why go out for them? Lastly it's that I like to have a choice of interesting things when I go out to eat, and almost every breakfast place has the same menu - toast, cereal, eggs, bacon, mushrooms etc.
So what can get me out of bed, showered, shaved and vaguely brushed up at an early hour of a Saturday to go and have breakfast?
Desayuna Lorca ($13.00). A couple of good slices of lightly grilled firm sourdough; a drizzle of olive oil, slices of tomato, lashings of ham (clearly fresh off the slicer) and some thin shaves of Queso Iberico. The ham is only lightly salty and gamey, but the generous serve builds up the flavour; the Queso Iberico (similar to manchego but not so firm nor so crumbly) is strongly flavoured but the paper-thin slices mean the salty richness stays in balance. This is not the ham, cheese and tomato sandwich you were thinking of.
Torrijos ($9.50). French toast of brioche slices topped with a spice-poached pear. The toast when we had it was light, crisp on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside; the pear was soft but not mushy and made a cool, juicy counterpoint to the hot toast. The little bowl on the side is maple syrup, not the traditional honey. We thought the flavour a little overpowering for the toast, but used sparingly it brings extra sweetness and complexity.
And another thing we like about the food at Lorca? Unlike the hordes of whitebread clone cafes that have been adding little specks of chorizo or jamon to their scrambled eggs to make them exotic and exciting, at Lorca that's just the way things are. A family-run cafe doing food that is deep with flavour and very different from the run of the mill. And as I said, they do have eggs on toast with spinach and Hollandaise and all those good things. But as long as there are Huevos Flamenco on the menu, I probably won't be able to tell you how the Huevos Benedicta taste.