Since our last visit, Café Brunelli at Rundle Street has undergone a huge renovation and now sports a more modern look. It has also become a 24/7 restaurant. The range of dishes that can be enjoyed here is quite diverse consisting of both Italian dishes and a few Australian favourites such as burgers.
The description of the Paella on their menu is a bit of a misnomer. It is actually a Risotto that takes inspiration from the dish of the same name. The rice was not too mushy and the seafood and chicken were cooked just right. A hint of smokiness was provided by the chorizo sausage and the peas added an element of freshness to the dish. The saffron infused broth really contributed to the enjoyment of the dish, giving it a flavour similar to its namesake.
Paella Risotto (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We were delighted by the portion size of the Brunelli Chef Salad. The dish can easily be shared with a friend if you want to. The grilled chicken tenders and prawns had the degree of char-grilled flavour we desired and were complemented well by the softer smoked Tasmanian salmon. A delectable tangy taste was provided by the seeded mustard vinaigrette. A drizzling of balsamic aioli added an extra element of flavour.
Brunelli Chef Salad (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Though we thought the crepe of their Bacon and Egg Breakfast Crepe was a bit dry during our visit, there was still enough bacon to give the dish a delightful smoky flavour and the fried eggs were cooked to perfection. Served alongside the crepe was tomato sauce that can be added to the crepe for a touch of sweetness.
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Crepe (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
To finish your meal you can choose from the selection of pastries, chocolates and gelato displayed at the front of the store. The coffee bar is also now located at the entrance of the restaurant, making it convenient for coffee drinkers to grab a cuppa.