La Camera overlooks the Yarra River on Melbourne’s Southbank. Located within Southgate Shopping Centre – a labyrinth of escalators will eventually lead you there. Hopefully.
Seated quickly outside on the long balcony overlooking the Yarra, it was the perfect sunny afternoon for a team lunch. La Camera offers a decent express lunch option, 2 courses and a glass of house wine for $30. I’m not sure you could find better value for the scenic setting.
We ordered bottles of Rosé to share – it was a rare sunny day, and so a crisp Rosé couldn’t be overlooked. I ordered the calamari to start with, followed by the rigatoni con prosciutto. The calamari was plump, lightly peppered and there was more of it than I was expecting. Bites between sips of the rosé wine were heavenly.
The rigatoni pasta was delightfully cooked al dente and the sauce was a deep, tomato red – just how I like it. It was a little light on the prosciutto element, however, it was up there with the best pasta slingers around town.
The service was friendly, albeit slightly scattered at times. Even though it was a Monday afternoon, the balcony was bustling with theatre goers, tourists and locals alike. Always a good sign that a places patronage isn’t exclusively made up of just a single group.
I’d definitely recommend having a lazy lunch at La Camera overlooking the river.