Caffe Panette

144 Cecil Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
03 9690 2803

This cafe sits right next to South Melbourne Market at the very busy intersection of Cecil and Coventry Streets. One thing i remember about this corner is it’s very difficult to drive across the roundabout on market days because of the endless stream of pedestrians using the 4x zebra crossings.

I had brunch here last year and didn’t think much of it. Decided to give it another go on Melbourne Cup Day. This place appealed to me because it carries the charm of a classic Italian café. Also, you can brunch outside. It’s nice having a cuppa while you watch the bustle of the market across the street. However, I am sad to say that the coffee isn’t good here. My flat white was feeble in strength and flavour. The foam was coarse and the latte art banal.

I ordered the smoked salmon scrambled eggs. I liked it. The egg was moist yet fluffy and the salmon wasn’t overcooked. I didn’t feel overburdened with butter, there was nice spinach underneath and a sprinkling of chives on top. A sensible mix of ingredients. I was reasonably satisfied.

I think this place provides you with classic brunch food cooked with traditional skill. The atmosphere is pleasant and if the coffees get better, I may possibly come back.

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