The intriguing name of this cafe named after an European explorer who journeyed to Australia in its namesake year belies the modern, clean lines of this Korean fusion cafe in the heart of Rhodes residential district. The bright, airy space is filled with blonde wood and white contemporary furniture, making it a comfortable space to catch up with friends over some interesting dishes.
We started off with a Iced Green Tea Latte that was just balanced without being overly sweet, and a refreshing Apple Smoothie, before tucking into a Chilli Gambrero Spaghetti which was quite saucy with a chilli kick, and a decent amount of de-shelled prawns and mushrooms thrown in to soak up the addictive tomato and white wine sauce.
Iced Green Tea Latte, $6 and Apple Smoothie, $7
Chilli Gambrero Spaghetti, $16.5
The fusion element of 1606 House of Luis de Torres’ menu is showcased in their Beef Bulgogi Burger on Brioche, which features a tasty Korean BBQ beef patty, caramelised onions, bacon, cheese and gherkins thrown in for good measure between the soft brioche bun. It was a bit messy to eat, but we mopped up the sauce with their delicious shoestring fries on the side.
Beef Bulgogi Burger on Brioche, $15
We stayed hydrated with another round of drinks – Luis de Torres’ fruity sparkling sodas which were just what we needed on this warm spring’s day to cool us down, served in their clever branded light bulbs.
Apple Mango and Blue Hawaiian Ades, $6.5 (each)
1606 House of Luis de Torres is a stylish, quiet achiever that punches well above its weight, with great value dishes and a solid fusion menu that has something for everyone – a great spot to drop by if you’re in the area.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of 1606 Luis de Torres