[Melbourne, Australia] Some say a visit to Melbourne is not complete without a trip to Brunetti – the Italian café famed for its cakes, gelatos, chocolates, crepes and coffees.

You may say there is already a Brunetti at Singapore’s Tanglin Mall, but trust me, they are really quite different.

While there are branches in Melbourne’s City Square, Camberwell, Fitzroy and Myer, the one to visit is at the iconic Carlton near Lygon Street, one of its most original locations.

The moment I stepped in, I went “wah-wah-mamma-mia”, and was immediately greeted by the high and mighty Profiterole right at the display, along with other mouth-watering desirable cakes that makes you go “Dear Profiterole, I want to savour you!”

The café is spacious and grand, like a supermarket, just that all your products are uncountable desserts and gelatos. I went up and down, not knowing even where to start. It was buzzing with energy and crowds – and spotted nuns lost in their desserts.

On one side is the Paninoteca savoury selection selling Italian savouries including panini, focaccia, bruschetta, fresh salads, savoury croissants and crepes, flat savouries, and pizza a taglio.

The food, such as my Lasagna and Insalata Di Proscuitto (AUD$13.90) wild rocket salad is decent, but I think you would have much wider and authentic options at “The Italian” Lygon Street just steps away.

Just how much better are the cakes at Melbourne’s Brunetti compared to Singapore’s?

On the left is Singapore’s version at Tanglin Mall (for real), and on the right is Carlton’s with chouz pastries filled zabaglione cream coated with overflowing generous dark chocolate ganache (AUD$7.90). Same same but different. Do you feel slightly… ‘cheated’ now?

The Lemon Brulee Tart ($6.50) – a shortbread base filled with a tangy lemon custard and topped with a fired sugar crust, is part sweet part sour that would give you a dessert awakening.

Brunetti Cakes began trading at the Faraday street location in 1985. The Angelé family acquired the business in 1991 and transformed the lovely café that it was into a truly authentic roman Pasticceria.

They are also delighted to announce that the Brunetti café is moving back to its original home and will be located at 380 Lygon Street, Carlton from mid 2012.

Brunetti Carlton
194 – 204 Faraday Street, Carlton Vic 3053, Melbourne Australia, Tel: +61 03 9347 2801
Opening Hours: 6am–11pm (Sun-Thurs), 6am-12am (Fri-Sat)

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  1. Yes I always make it a point to go to Burnetti whenever I’m in Melbourne. Love love love their desserts and I feel I’m in dessert heaven whenever I enter their shop with huge slices of cakes on display.


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