Like that 80’s classic the mullet hairstyle, Lady Carolina in Brunswick is all serious up front and party out the back. You enter a breezy, large room with lots of polished timber and almost a beach house feel. Keep wandering through to the outside courtyard and you hit the bar area with synthetic grass and a cantina vibe.
I went there with MTV for a good old dinner and movie date night. We decided to eat in the more formal restaurant part but I’m keen to go back with a group as well to check out the tacos at the bar.
Lady Carolina is chef Paul Wilson’s newest restaurant and it serves up South American food with influences from Mexico to Peru. Dishes are designed to share and we kept things simple starting off with the guacamole topped with sweet corn ($15). I was happy with the generous portion of chips and I have to say the guac is a total bargain at the moment given the exorbitant price of avocados.
From the barbecue menu we went for the suckling pig with orange mojo ($34). The pork was juicy with crispy crackling and the accompanying sauces and roasted plantains gave it that South American feel.
The sides were the star of the show at Lady Carolina. The cauliflower salad had a great nutty taste from being roasted with creaminess from the topping of yoghurt and added sweetness from a sprinkling of goji berries ($7). Barbecue broccoli was served with nice crunch to it and additional texture from a topping of almonds and pepitas ($7).
There’s also a great cocktail list although I stuck with a glass of the Derwent Estate Riesling ($11) which was mainly dry with some residual sugar. Service was on point and speedy given we were headed off to a movie. Lady Carolina has you covered whether you want to be more serious up front or let your hair down out the back.
PS – We saw the Big Short afterwards. Highly recommend!
Details: Lady Carolina, 175-177 Lygon street, Brunswick (Ph 03 9381 0898)
Damage: Reasonable. Our bill for two came to $75 with only one drink each.