Caffe e Cucina

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Caffe e Cucina opened more than twenty years a go on 16th August, 1988 with a vision of recreating the amazing cafe culture from Milano, Bologna, Firenze and Roma. They pride them self in serving authentic Italian food with amazing service and provide a large contribution in the early Australian cafe culture.

I saw their pannacotta picture online and fell in love with it, I'm sorry for those of you that are bored with my pannacotta obsession. Please bare with me. Me and my usual lunch companion, GirleatMelbourne made it to the cafe around 1pm. That day @Melbourne_Food_Finder and GirleatMelbourne sister decides to join us as well which means more variety of food to order. Yay! The restaurant it self was cosy, warm and welcoming. Decorated with dim lighting, classic photographs and painting. They also have a small outdoor area and busy bar and small indoor dining area on the first floor. The second floor is much more charming and spacious, less noise as well.

Complimentary bread was served with butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar as well as my well made Italian coffee.

We decided to order 3 mains to share just because we all know we want to order desserts later on. @Melbourne_Food_Finder chosen Tagliatelle al Ragu di Agnello - homemade tagliatelle with Lamb ragu and Pecorino ($34). The pasta was perfectly cooked and the lamb was rich, there was no lamb smell on the sauce which I love.

GirleatMelbourne sister chosen Ravioloni di Zucca - ravioloni filled with speck prosciutto and mixed mushrooms ($34). Love the sauce mixed in with prosciutto and mushrooms but a little bit more sauce would be perfect.

I chosen Linguine di Mare al Cartoccio dal 1988 - linguine with prawns, calamari, mussels, clams, scallops, garlic, chilli and tomato, baked in parchment paper ($37.5). It's a unique presentations and fun exercise to unwrap the pasta. The seafood was fresh and cooked nicely. The seasoning on the pasta was light but tasty. We had some pasta left and I'm a bit sad cause they apparently does not allow take away.

Creme Brulee - baked vanilla custard with caramelised brown sugar ($16.5). @Melbourne_Food_Finder loves a good creme brulee but he said the sugar on top was too thin but for me the overall custard was good.

Pannacotta - honey and berry pannacotta with wild berry coulis ($16.5). This is what I have been waiting for and I love it so much. The pannacotta jiggles but the flavour was just perfect, creamy but still light and fresh.

After lunch the Manager talk to GirleatMelbourne, apparently the Chef want to meet me and her. They shown us the petit balcony on the second floor "Romeo e Guilietta' balcony. The ultimate romantic dining experience, perfect for anniversaries, engagement and proposals. There's a minimum spend of $240 to book the balcony. The chef was so nice and in the end they discounted the pannacotta from our bill as a surprise. It was a lovely evening and I'll definitely will be back for that pannacotta.

Caffé e Cucina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Sunday: 12pm-11pm

E Cucina
581 Chapel St
South Yarra, VIC 3141