Brunetti’s Camberwell

February 11, 2011

1/3 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell

Took Y out for coffee yesterday afternoon, and for a treat decided on Brunetti’s in Camberwell, as good as the Carlton in terms of food and coffee, but sadly lacking in that Lygon-Italian-matriachial sensation. Oh well, damn fine cakes though. Y ordered a vanilla canolli and a I had a Promesse D’amore (promise of love – ???), sfoigiatella pastry filled with zabaione custard and finished with a liqeur-soaked cherry. Amoungst family I call them Lobster Tails, because that’s the sort of shape and scaled appearance they have whole. It was delicious – perfectly crunchy pastry the broke easily with my fork, and filled with the most delicious vanilla custard (and normally I don’t like custard). So delicious in fact that I’d devoured half of it before I remembered to take a picture!

And the coffee was, as expected, delicious. This was quite strong, especially in scent, which is the Italian influence coming through, I suppose. As an Italian friend of mine says “coffee is not a drink; it is an aroma”. True dat. It was also a little bitter, but not unpleasantly so. I thought this one of the best coffees I’ve had in ages, and again it has reinforced my idea that coffee in Melbourne is generally quite strong.

Filed under: Bakery, Camberwell, Dessert