Normally open for breakfast and lunch, Maria and Marco welcomed 25 of us for dinner into their Latin American bakery for a hearty Consider The Sauce (CTS) Feast hosted by Kenny. For those of you who are not familiar with the CTS Feasts, Kenny brings together his love for food and supporting local small business by organising dinner at various restaurants at a set price for a set number of people. At these friendly and hospitable events, you indulge in authentic meals and gain more of an insight into the world of these small business owners. The CTS Feasts get filled up pretty quickly so just to give you a heads up the next one is on June 17th (see here for more info and to book you place!)
We had never ventured onto the industrial Berkshire Road in search for a meal before. Driving along this road quite a few times I never noticed this row of shops so it was my first time at this Latin eatery. We met some lovely CTS readers who had come to the feast from as far as Heathmont, Hawthorn and Ivanhoe!
Maria and Marco sure looked after us and our bellies with the following line up!:
1) hallullas and pebre (Chilean bread and chilli dipping sauce)
2) sandwiches de miga (we had the ham and cheese variety without crust – sooooo tasty and soft to eat; they reminded me of the sandwiches we eat at the Filipino Dawn masses during Christmas time!)
3) Fried cheese empanada
4) Oven-baked beef empanada
5) Oven-baked chicken empanada
6) Churrasco (a beef sandwich/burger with beef strips, tomato, avocado and creamy mayo, YUM!)
7) Choripan (chorizos in a long bun with onions and black pudding was also served on the side)
8) custard Berlin doughnuts
9) 1000 layer cake (so good I even took some home to have with coffee the next morning!)
10) Oh and can’t forget the interesting fizzy soda drinks where one flavour tasted like the banana lollies I used to get in party bags when I was around 5! 🙂
Maria informed us that all the bread and pastries were all made on the premises by herself and Mario and I just can’t stop thinking about the 1000 layer cake held together with caramel sauce…ok, I might just go back there some time this week for some sweet goodness! With blackboard menus on the walls and a variety of packaged goods available for purchase as well as fresh baked bread, La Morenita serves up full-flavoured Latin American food with a smile. Can’t wait to come back and try the other sandwiches and desserts!