Given the heatwave that we’ve been experiencing in Melbourne lately, I think it’s perfectly acceptable to eat icecream for lunch. Scooping gelati under the shade of a big umbrella makes me feel like I’m on holiday!
Brunetti in City Square is perfectly located for a working icecream lunch. The small counter has a selection of about a dozen flavours, ranging from lighter fruit options to rich chocolate and nut combinations. Between us we had a child’s cup each of ($3.30) of lemon, apple and mint and choc chip gelato.
The lemon was a little bit too tangy for my liking, but apparently lemon gelati is a great digestive aid. Here’s an interesting medical story for you: my friend A once entered an impromptu ribs-eating competition against a big burly Swedish man, and almost passed out from over-eating. Her friends carried her to the nearest gelati shop to force-feed her some lemon gelati in a bid to help all the meat go down. And she felt better afterwards (but is now vegetarian – not sure whether there’s a link)! True story, scout’s honour.
My mint and choc chip number was good but nothing particularly spectacular, so the winning vote went to the seasonal apple gelato. What I can say, it tasted really….apple-y. Kind of like concentrated apple juice in gelati format. It was unusual and refreshing for a hot day and given the weather forecast for the rest of this week, I’ll think I’ll be heading back for a scoop of it another lunchtime.