Anybody that has been down The Parade would know that there are many Italian cafes and restaurants along the cosmopolitan precinct. At the same location that was once Cafe Bravo, is the new Bravo’s Kitchen. The cafe is now under new ownership, and their point of difference is a more healthier menu. There are classic breakfast items to choose from as well as beautiful smoothie bowls. The afternoon and evening menu is more Italian inspired with ciabatta breads, piadinas, salads, pastas, mains and pizzas. They even have a vegan section so that everyone is catered for.
For dinner tonight, I had the Spaghetti Puttanesca. A generous serving size of spaghetti with black olives, capers, chilli, anchovies, garlic and napolitana sauce. The spaghetti was perfectly al dente, and the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes balanced the saltiness of the olives and anchovies. The chilli and capers added good bite to the dish, while the savoury napolitana sauce blended all the ingredients together. A very well executed dish.
My friend had the Fettucine Luciana. Again, a generous serving of fettucine with prawns, crab meat, scallops with baby spinach in a rose sauce. I had a quick bite and thought the pasta was well cooked and the rose sauce was full of flavour. The crab meat wasn’t clearly visible although it was probably broken down into the sauce. The prawns were a little on the softer side which indicates they were thawed, and the rose sauce was little runnier for my friends liking.
Bravo’s Kitchen is miles ahead of its predecessor. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, and the service was fast and efficient. We were surprised that our mains came out within ten minutes of ordering. When we asked for extra parmesan, that didn’t take long to come out either. The ambience was relaxed and the pricing was quite reasonable. The Spaghetti Puttanesca was $19.90 and the Fettucine Luciana was $23.90, both with generous serving sizes. I will definitely be back.
Bravo’s Kitchen is open everyday from 8am-10pm.
WHERE: 140 The Parade, Norwood