I had my first experience at Brunetti’s in Melbourne a couple of years back. I still remember that it was early winter, and it was already pretty cold at night. Indulging in Brunetti’s hot chocolate warmed me up inside, and I knew that I would miss this cafe when I went back to sunny Singapore.
Fast-forward a year or so, and I found out that Brunetti’s was going to open an outlet in Singapore! I think that was in 2013 or 2014, and since then I have had gone back quite a few times to indulge in their cakes, desserts, and of course hot chocolate.
This time around however, I came during lunch with C and her parents, and thus we gave their hot dishes a try. I have to say that I was happily surprised. 🙂
The spaghetti carbonara (S$18) came with a rather sad-looking egg yolk in the middle, but once the egg yolk was mixed together with the thick and creamy carbonara sauce, it added a ‘fuller’ flavour to the entire dish. The bacon bits were quite tasty as well, and I would say that it was a pretty yummy dish!
The frutti di mare pizza (S$23) was rather average-tasting in my opinion. Even the fresh seafood could not lift it out of its mediocrity. Perhaps it was also because I am not a huge fan of thick crust pizzas, but I felt that this pizza was distinctly average.
Yum. Need I say any more? The pan-seared sea bass (S$26) was one of the most expensive on the menu, but it was definitely of good quality. The sea bass was fresh, yet did not have an overly fishy taste. The fish skin was seared to a delectable crisp, and was also lightly salted to give it the extra oomph. A must-try!
I enjoyed the seafood linguine (S$21) very much. The linguine was done al dente, and served with generous portions of fresh seafood! Although from the picture it seems as though there already is a lot of seafood, when I dug through the pasta, I found even more! The prawns and scallops were the best of the lot! Heheh.
We ended off our meal with some desserts, because how can you visit Brunetti’s without having some desserts! My all-time favourite was (and still is) the pear & cheese crumble (S$8), which tasted great. The tart crumbled nicely into spoon-sized chunks, and the blueberry bits added to the sweetness of the tart.
The opera cake (S$8.50) came out cold from the fridge, which was unfortunate, because it was so cold that it was hard to cut into when it was first served. I would have thought that the staff would at least warm it up slightly so the cake is not hard when served, but I guess leaving it on our table for a while worked too. Once slightly ‘thawed-out’, the opera cake tasted way better, although not as spongy as I like.
Lastly, we also tried the Tri Gusti (S$8.50), Brunetti’s take on a dessert mousse. It was light and fluffy, although there was not much taste to it unfortunately. The bright spot was that the chocolate spoon was yummy. I probably would avoid this one completely the next time I’m there.
Besides being well-known for desserts and their hot drinks, Brunetti can also safely add hot food to their repertoire, at least in my books. For a cafe, the seafood served here is fresh and yummy, which I was pleasantly surprised by. I was actually having second thoughts when ordering the seafood dishes, but thought why not just try it out, and boy am I glad I did. 🙂 Will definitely be back for more!
#01-35 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247933 (Nearest MRT: Orchard)
Open 8am-9pm daily
Check out their website here.