We chanced upon Lapaz while sitting outside One’s Diner, supping on one of the worst G&Ts we’ve ever had the displeasure to be served. Oh well… that will be the one and only visit.
Lapaz, however, proved to be far more welcoming. A spacious, and curiously appointed interior provided separate smoking and non-smoking areas, a pleasant open frontage for street-side dining, a long, somewhat post-industrial bar dominating the mid-section of the space and a somehow outdoors-y feeling space to the rear.
As well as the food and drink (robust G&Ts here!), Lapaz also serves as a shop (wares ranging from stationary to apparel) and a kind of drop in office (free Wi-Fi as well as public-use printers and copiers). The atmosphere was kind of artsy, the styling and décor positioning Lepaz as a designer café-bar/ dining space, and overall provided a peaceful spot for a late lunch.
The lunch menu was a little too limited, and the portions could have been more generous (after being offered – and accepting – the omori rice one expects to get a supersized serving, after all), but these were minor niggles. The green curry was delicious, while the taco rice, despite being tasty, didn’t really make much of in an impression.
Lapaz is probably best as a drinking spot, and provides reason enough to visit a little explored neighbourhood.
Bar - domintates the mid-section of the space
Lunch sets - good value, seemingly healthy, but portions could be more generous
Interesting decor - I'll have Audrey, please
Jellied chicken and vegetables - a tad bland
Soup - chicken stock, pleasantly salty
Green curry - delicious, chicken pieces a bit scarce
Taco rice - okay, but failed to excite
Interior - relaxing, with a touch of green