Owned by the same people that operate Anchovy Bandit next door, Bottega Bandito focuses on cafe-style food that is influenced by Italian, Spanish and French cuisine. This place is very popular, so arriving early before the peak hours or booking a table is advised to avoid having to wait for a table.
All their sandwiches use the house-made sourdough focaccia that was drizzled with olive oil to provide some moistness. Their Sopressa Sandwich featured the namesake Italian salami that gave the sandwich its delectable salty flavour. Fermented and pickled chillies imparted a hint of spice and the tomato provided freshness. The inclusion of the mozzarella cheese, Fior di Latte, complemented the other ingredients nicely.
Sopressa Sandwich (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While the menu did not state it, the Spencer Gulf Prawn Roll came in a serve of two rolls. The prawns still retain a bit of bite and the sauce it was mixed in lifted their flavour. A nice touch is the topping of a deep-fried prawn head that added a bit of crunch to the dish.
Spencer Gulf Prawn Roll (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked that the tuna filling in the Spicy Tuna Sandwich had a good amount of spice. The plainer taste of the hard-boiled egg partnered well with the tuna and the cos lettuce provided a fresh element to the dish. Also included were balsamic onions for a hint of sharpness.
Spicy Tuna Sandwich (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To finish your meal, you can choose from the pastries displayed at the front, which can be ordered as a combo with coffee. The Chocolate Brownie offered was of the fudgy type typical of American Brownies but had a slightly lighter texture. The degree of chocolatey flavour is what you would expect from a good brownie and it was baked sufficiently to give a nice crust.
Chocolate Brownie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The decor of the restaurant gave it a relaxed feel and there is a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. If you are desiring cafe-style food that is different from the usual Australian offerings consider giving Bottega Bandito a visit.