La Colombianita, South Melbourne

MELBOURNE | Several weeks ago, before lockdown ended, I was scrolling through Instagram and came across a photo of some white cheese. It reminded me of a breakfast that I’d enjoyed when I was Medellin, Colombia, and I commented as such on the post.

The photo was posted by Paula Gomez, owner of La Colombianita. Paula hails from Medellin, and last year decided to take the plunge and open her own cafe, operating out of York Street Cafe on the weekends (when the cafe was closed). Here, Paula cooks her grandmother’s dishes for Melburnians to enjoy.

The cheese that I commented on is called quesito campesino. It’s a soft white cheese, similar to ricotta, that’s commonly enjoyed on arepas in Colombia. I ate so much of it while I was over there.

During lockdown, Paula was taking orders during the week for weekend deliveries of her food. We got talking over Instagram and, after seeing my photo of the Medellin breakfast I had mentioned, offered to recreate it for me. How could I say no!

It’s a typical paisa (someone from a region in the northwest of Colombia) breakfast. It consists of quesito, calentao (mixed beans and rice), hogao (tomato and onion sausage), eggs, chorizo, avocado, and arepa. And yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. Breakfast of champions sort of stuff.

Lockdown is, of course, over now, and Paula is back open for dine in. I can’t wait to pop into La Colombianita soon, and try some more of Paula’s amazing food.

La Colombianita

35 York Street
South Melbourne
Victoria 3205

Telephone: 0415 254 331
E-mail: n/a

Sat: 4:00pm to 10:00pm
Sun: 11:30am to 9:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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