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Bakery wars at Southlands

By poptop 10 January 2009 35

The Italian Bakery at Southlands is something of an institution, providing good European bread and the best vanilla slice on the planet.

There seems to be a longstanding feud between the Italian Bakery and Bruno’s Truffles next door.

The story, as I understand, it is that Bruno’s has taken legal action to reduce the number of tables the Italian Bakery can have out the front of their shop as they impede the walkway. The Italian Bakery (and most of their fans) think this is rubbish and is more about the fact that the Bakery is chokkers for breakfast and lunch, while Bruno’s tends to get some of the the overspill customers.

When I want to buy a filled chocolate or a luxury Easter egg, Bruno’s is the place I’ll go, but not for lunch.

If you’re feeling supportive of the Bakery, drop in an sign their petition. If there are any vanilla slices available, do yourself a favour and have one.

What’s Your opinion?


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Mr_Shab 9:34 am 14 Jan 09

Brunos chocolates are pretty good, but the rest of his stuff is pretty ordinary and his coffee is rank. Italian bakery makes a reasonable variety of Italian pastry, but the rest is uninspiring.

Bruno is a cranky, arrogant Swiss and the Italians have a pretty bad rep (haven’t struck them myself, though).

A plague on both y’houses. Go the North! Dobinsons and Knead all the way.

angry bob 6:58 am 14 Jan 09

Granny said :

Well, um, why would anybody want to take thugery [sic] in large doses?

Exactly !….no one!
But the poppulation is so used to substandard laws and business ethics
it does happen……and I see no end in sight.

Granny 1:55 am 14 Jan 09

Well, um, why would anybody want to take thugery [sic] in large doses?

angry bob 1:38 am 14 Jan 09

Brunos without doubt offer a good fare.
Along with delectables that they sell, they offer their own brand
of business thugery that should be only taken in small doses.
But…..hey..it’s just business.

Or is it ?

poptop 12:46 pm 12 Jan 09

Naked Fish isn’t gone, as of last night.

It used to be the Fisho King, but changed to the Naked Fish when the Dad sold the name with the Belconnen shop.

la mente torbida 11:27 am 12 Jan 09

Con’s is like stepping back into the 70s. No doubting the quality of the seafood….just what they do with it.

H1NG0 11:13 am 12 Jan 09

This is why I don’t venture to Southside

peterh 10:59 am 12 Jan 09

imarty said :

MelonHead; “It is inhabited by many fine restaurants and several other eating…” can you name one for me?
Pasha’s is ok for pide and coffee, Chilli Kitchen ok (just)Plaka and Con’s mmm well lets just leave them alone, the fish shop near the Asian grocery is closed and Naked Fish on Mawson Dr (previously Fisho King or something) isn’t bad fish and chips, Iron Chef is crap and the other Thai joint not bad but expensive.
Have I missed any? Fine selction but not “fine” in quality IMO.
Feasible takeaway joints or passable eat-ins if you’ve been on the p!ss but fine???
The butcher has fine quality meat though(not the Halal, saw a delivery made there before xmas out of a pork wholesaler’s delivery truck from Sydney, halal eh?), Saigon Hotbake has great bread, 2nd hand bookshops (2) are good.

And have you ever seen such a concentration of hair dressers and barbers???

naked fish is gone. the plaka restaurant is pretty good, the plaka pizza takeaway is better.

con’s is reasonable fare, pashas is great, or, if you are pressed to go somewhere for a decent lunch, go the mawson club. the new outdoor area is pretty nice, now.

The Axe Man 10:35 am 12 Jan 09

From what I’ve heard Bruno is a bit of a bully and not the easiest chap to deal with

farnarkler 6:42 am 12 Jan 09

Sounds like a few horses heads are going to be strategically positioned

imarty 8:44 pm 11 Jan 09

MelonHead; “It is inhabited by many fine restaurants and several other eating…” can you name one for me?
Pasha’s is ok for pide and coffee, Chilli Kitchen ok (just)Plaka and Con’s mmm well lets just leave them alone, the fish shop near the Asian grocery is closed and Naked Fish on Mawson Dr (previously Fisho King or something) isn’t bad fish and chips, Iron Chef is crap and the other Thai joint not bad but expensive.
Have I missed any? Fine selction but not “fine” in quality IMO.
Feasible takeaway joints or passable eat-ins if you’ve been on the p!ss but fine???
The butcher has fine quality meat though(not the Halal, saw a delivery made there before xmas out of a pork wholesaler’s delivery truck from Sydney, halal eh?), Saigon Hotbake has great bread, 2nd hand bookshops (2) are good.

And have you ever seen such a concentration of hair dressers and barbers???

A Tadpole Drinking 7:47 pm 11 Jan 09

The bakery used to have about a dozen tables out front under the awning but is now restricted to four. Bruni’s used as a pretext that they needed unfettered access to the electical services box which is on the projecting wall at the end of the bakery furthest from Bruno’s so faces along the footpath. Hence, the space for the entire width of the shop and projecting out from shopfront for 3 metres or so is now unusable. One wonders how often there would be be need to access that box. If it contains the power meters then the meter reader would need access at certain times (and there may be prescribed requirements for that) but how often would Bruno’s staff need to access it?

MelonHead 5:23 pm 11 Jan 09

Bruno’s chocolates are, at best, ordinary eating. They look great, thus adding to the disappointment. I was once served loose chocolates packed by an ungloved hand. Their christmas cake looked far better than it tasted. All in all, not a great place to go.

As mentioned earlier, All Things Chocolate in Kingston is the place to go for your chocolate goodies. Lindy’s chocolates will not disappoint.

It sounds like the bakery and Bruno’s deserve each other.

Also the comment about ” . . . where is Southlands?” It’s a well kept secret that covers an area the size of a large city block. It is inhabited by many fine restaurants and several other eating and drinking establishments, a supermarket and some of the best alternate retail in Canberra. ie NOT Westfield, Lend Lease, QIC etc……

poptop 3:54 pm 11 Jan 09

Like a fr’instance?

As I said, I’ve only heard one side, which seems to be about taking away access to a profitable chunk of the Italian Bakery business – heir outside seating.

What else has been going on?

barking toad 3:52 pm 11 Jan 09

This mob at the bakery have been arseholes for years

They caused problems before they moved in and their form hasn’t changed.

Leo & Zoey from what was Stavros could enlighten many.

Bruno’s has sadly inherited the problem now.

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