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La Camera / South Yarra

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La Camera is an Italian restaurant that has nothing much to do with cameras, in fact, translated to english it means “The Room.”

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My friend J from Christchurch and I, are graphic designers and we were searching for a quick and cheap lunch. Despite the ugly cheap looking table talker design, the price caught or eye. (And at least it wasn’t Comic Sans.)

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The restaurant had a casual Italian bistro kind of vibe, authentic Italian dishes on the menu, casual chalkboard signs, foreign staff and fresh red paint.

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Outdoor seating is available, fairly quiet, standard decor throughout the restaurant.

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I never really had much risotto growing up because I’m asian, but today I gave the Prawn and Calamari Risotto a try, with no regrets. I enjoyed the acidity of the tomatoes and napoli sauce balanced with the seafood broth. The portion was just right for lunch, but I wanted more. 

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J got the Risotto Pollo, a simple dish with chicken, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes and baby spinach. A subtle creamy texture with vibrant flavors coming through. It was good, I developed a little bit of food envy.

La Camera Restaurant & Bar
03 9827 8531
South Yarra/Toorak
446 Chapel St   

6/10

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Ricky Sam