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Published September 17th 2013
Transport yourself to Italy in a short journey
If you have lived in Melbourne or visited Melbourne, you have probably visited Brunetti in Carlton. Originally located in Faraday Street, Brunetti became part of the Melbourne institution that was Lygon Street.
But Faraday Street is no more. Brunetti has moved. But before we all hear the sighs of disappointment from their favourite customers, know they have not moved very far. Just walk around the corner to 380 Lygon Street, Carlton at the Cinema Nova complex and you'll find the all-new Brunetti.
And wow, what an experience this is. If you thought they were good before, this one will blow your socks off.
The interesting formal entry to Brunettis
Now I know there is always going to be those who say it is over-exaggerated, overinflated, and not that special, but I beg to disagree. I have travelled the world and dined at some of the best cafes and restaurants in the world and this one is certainly amazing. Like it or loathe it you must agree that it is nothing if not impressive and their menu choice is quite extensive.
We recently had dinner in Lygon Street and my children wanted to have a gelati for deserts, We were quite shocked by most of the prices from the gelati bars along Lygon Street, and whilst it was still up there with the expensive gelato, it was about two dollars per serve cheaper than the other stores. The flavour choices were quite delicious and extensive and we had quite a difficult time choosing which one we wanted to try. We ended up sampling everyone's gelato in our group.
However Brunetti is not just a gelati bar. So let's walk through it from the entrance.
Entering from Lygon Street, you will see the Cinema Nova on your left hand side and the front entry to Brunetti, complete with flame cages to warm you.
People will be sitting outside on the concrete table perhaps smoking a cigarette and enjoying their treats.
As you enter the front of the store you will be greeted by rows of glass refrigerators filled with the most delicious looking cakes that you can take away for birthday or special occasions.
All the Macarons you could possibly eat
You will then venture into the small cake area and macaron speciality bar. To the left of this are the huge macaron refrigerators, where you can select bulk macrons to take home with you.
All through this area there are seating areas for people to sit and enjoy these delights.
Can't fit the Macarons in? Take them home then!
If you prefer to enter from the side you can going to the cinema Nova shopping complex. There is another entry into Brunetti from this side filled with outdoor tables as well as indoor cafes and people enjoying themselves.
The side (shopping centre) entry view
One of my favourite places in the new Brunetti is the coffee bar where the baristas have marble benchtops and amazing copper overhead art pieces. Great coffee is served up in the blink of an eye, not to mention tea and hot chocolate and of course Italian lemonades.
A unique place where the Baristas look more like Rock stars on stage under copper flourishes than coffee merchants
Originally Brunetti was a lovely bakery and no experience here would be complete without the bakery section. Here you can still buy fresh baked artisan breads and choose from all of the little pastry treats that we have come to know and love from Brunettis.
A unique Bakery experience that lends itself to the back streets of Italy
At the rear of the store there is the gelati bar which was our first drawcard into this adventure and beside that there is a formal restaurant which is available if you wish to come for a full meal rather than the café experience. I took a look at the restaurant menu and the prices were not bad considering the location. They also offer a children's menu and a delicious looking breakfast menu.
Enjoying the coffee experience
Brunetti is open late after the day so it is a good place to pop in for a snack after the theatre or some time out with some friends in the evening.
It is certainly fabulous but I'm looking forward to them addressing restroom issues. We went late one evening and the shopping centre facilities were already closed along with the cinema's. Blessings to the hospitable hotel down the road!
This Italian cafe sounds very impressive but I am surprised people are allowed to smoke on the tables outside at Brunetti. . Smoking outside at cafe tables has been banned for quite a long tme in Adelaide and it gives us non smokers a chance to sit outside instead of hiding out indoors