If you want love on a plate, Paulina’s is the place to dine. We ordered three dishes to share for lunch and were guided by the waitress about some menu highlights. She convinced us Paulina’s special of the day - a Peruvian ’’stir fry with a twist’’ dish - Lomo Saltado, $33, was a must have. She told us it was a dish that Paulina had grown up eating and used to make back home in Chile. The smells off that plate sent my head swimming. The sauteed beef was tender, juicy and tossed with a medley of red onion, capsicum, tomato and hand-cut potatoes which gave the dish texture and colour. The dark, full-bodied sauce apparently is a ‘‘secret’’ recipe - all I can say is I basically drank the bowl clean. The aromatics of the dish were heightened by a generous sprinkling of coriander.
We chose two lighter seafood lunch-time options to offset a generous and filling beef dish.
The tempura prawn dish, like the Lomo Saltado, was a generous serving. The tempura batter was light and crispy and was served sitting in bed of fresh salad greens, avocado, edamame beans and drizzled with a lime aioli ($20). We also indulged and ordered a platter of half a dozen natural Bluff oysters. The oysters were fat and succulent and drizzled with coriander, lemon and shallot vinaigrette. A glass of 2015 Carrick savignon blanc ($10) accompanied the dish perfectly.