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Published January 12th 2015
Standing Proud on the Corner for Many a Long Year
It has stood distinctively on the corner of Burgundy St near the Heidleberg station and just down from the Austin Hospital for a long time. When I asked the waiting staff they were unsure about how long Cellini's had been there. If I were to hazard a guess I would say over a decade.
Not what I expected… but better
My companion had heard this was the restaurant in the area to try if you like Italian food. The beer garden was really rocking early due to a wedding function being held.
Cellini's has a large and impressive bar and foyer area. There are three main dining areas. The bar and lounge area including an outdoor dining space, the function room and a beer garden and bar.
An impressive dining area
Cellini's is the sort of place that people dress up to dine there, but it wouldn't matter if you wandered in off the street. The staff are welcoming and obliging. You can't be sure they won't be booked out though; it can get very busy some nights.
A big selling point is the extensive menu. Click here to view.
I think we may have been slow (or perhaps the staff were zealous) because we were asked twice before we decided on the chicken breast with a spinach and Camembert cheese stuffing and grilled corn. This was served on a warm potato and bacon salad and laced with a tomato glaze ($28.90).
Chicken breast with a spinach and Camembert cheese stuffing and grilled corn
I love a gnocchi and this sounded a little different, so the potato gnocchi tossed in a Taleggio cheese and orange fondue sauce it was for me. This was served with toasted sourdough ($19.90). It looked like an entrée but was just the right amount, so that I wasn't too full for dessert.
Potato gnocchi tossed in a Taleggio cheese and orange fondue sauce
I really liked the sound of the Nutella and banana pizza served with flaked almonds and ricotta but went for the parfait. Anything with mango always gets my attention. This was the surprise of the night. The mango raspberry ripple parfait was served with passion fruit coulis and fresh strawberries. This was very nice and beautifully presented. It's toss up between this and the gnocchi as to which was my favorite.
The homemade Tiramisù was a predictable choice and predictably good. All desserts were $11.90.
Cellini's also have a large children's menu. All priced at $11.90.
You might like to check before going if there's a big function on. I think this may have accounted for the long waiting time. It didn't bother us that much because we weren't in a hurry but if we had taken the kids they would have been climbing the walls.
You are sure to find something on the menu at Cellini's that you like. They also do take away. It's worth a try if you are in the area.