02 February, 2010

Taste Down Under V - Brunetti, Carlton, Melbourne

Brunetti, an iconic Italian pasticceria in Melbourne's Italian district – Carlton, is the scene where patrons indulge in intricately decorated cakes and confections since 1985.


If you are an aficionado of pastry and baking, HFB can assure you that staring at the counter displays will excite you akin to a little kid venturing around Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory!

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And yes, if you haven’t already read about it, Brunetti is making its way to Resort World Singapore (although the opening date has not been set). Imagine this – so popular was Brunetti’s sweet bliss, that they expanded its cafe area in 2009, and did away with a la carte meals altogether – how cool was that (If only places like Bakerzin could follow likewise)!

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In any case, HFB was advised to try their cake repertoire, and especially their Opera ($5.90 per slice), featuring layers of Almond Sponge, Coffee Butter Cream, Chocolate Ganache and Cointreau Liqueur.

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Along with the Nutella Praline Slice ($5.90 per slice) that contained rich moist Chocolate Cake with layers of Nutella Praline Mousse, HFB thought both were one of the better renditions he had savoured, but definitely not the best in town!

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Fascinatingly, the one memorable experience HFB had when he was there wasn’t with their cakes or pastry but their beverage – their Italian Hot Chocolate ($4.40) to be exact. He didn’t quite recall whether he had one prior to that, but Brunetti’s version certainly etched deeply within him with its intense, thick, creamy – almost pudding like concoction.

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The way it coats your palate makes you aware you have had a lot of chocolate...almost to the point you have no clue you are purring! That was one helluva liquid chocolate!

Food: 4/5 (Italian Hot Chocolate was a winner!)
Service: 3.5/5 (Service staff was efficient and not exactly friendly, quite a bit of waiting for my hot beverage)
Ambience: 4/5 (Nice al fresco seating with modern indoor furnishing)
Price: 3.5/5 (Affordable)
Total: 15/20
194 - 204 Faraday Street
Carlton Vic 3053

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red fir said...

The hot chocolate sure looks as if it'll give you nosebleed. X my fingers Brunetti will add more color into the local dessert scene, which is sadly lacking, not to mention the few ones available standards dropping.

His Food Blog said...

Yep. It almost gave me a sore throat right after that.

I am sure they will set a new benchmark once they are open. Hopefully the local patisserie will up their game when that happens - then consumers like us will only stand to gain!

European Wardrobe said...

Brunetti is not opening in the Resort World, it is opening elsewhere in Singapore.

European Wardrobe said...

Brunetti will not be opening in Sentosa anymore, they are opening in Tanglan Mall sometime in October 2011

Anonymous said...

Brunetti Singapore is opening September at Tanglin Mall.


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