In their last hour before departing, we introduced Marie and Stephen to Brunetti. Not having yet lunched, Michael and I shared a foccacia patata. It was $5 very well spent - large and warm and bready with a hint of salt, rosemary and olive oil softness.
We didn't waste too much time before hitting the cake display. For Michael, there was a cherry Danish (~$4.50) and a coffee calling out. It tasted almost, though not quite, as good as it looks.
I fell for one of the fancy numbers - I didn't quite catch its name (it had such a soft, breathy voice amongst the din of sweets on show) but I think it's called Alcazari and goes for about $6. It starts with a thin but firm layer of flourless chocolate cake, then features a white chocolate mousse with caramelised almonds and a couple of dark chocolate flourishes. The mousse is really quite impressive; while other delicacies deteriorate from kitchen to plate under the Brunetti model, it retains a featherlight texture with its richness. It's probably a bit more than you or I should try to handle on our own, so bring a friend for this one.
Why yes, this is the twelfth time we've blogged Brunetti. You can read all of our accounts here.