Caffé Sienna (South Yarra) 7/10

How’s it going café lovers?

Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I’ve been to Caffé Sienna a number of times in the past for both lunches and dinners and I thought that it was about time that I wrote a review on them.

I arranged to meet up and have lunch with my friend Alex from University as I hadn’t been her in a while and it was time for a good catch up. This is one of our favourite places to eat on Chapel Street and usually come here when we catch up.

Caffé Sienna is easy to find as it’s along one of Melbourne’s well-known shopping and café/restaurant streets Chapel Street. They have a large number of tables both inside and out so hopefully you’ll be able to find a table.

FOOD & DRINKS 

Caffé Sienna have broad menu, with a number of choices for breakfaslunch and dinner. They have something to satisfy any craving and most taste buds.

These menu photos were taken at the start of May 2016 and might have changed.

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I ordered a latte, it took longer than expected to come out. I thought that it was an average coffee. I didn’t think there was anything special about it. It wasn’t awful but I’ve had better.

Coffee rating: 3/5    3 out of 5

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Latte ($3.80)

Alex was quite hungry that afternoon and she ended up ordering the prawn and chorizo pasta, which was served with tiger prawns, chorizo, zucchini, parsley, chilli, garlic and olive oil. On the menu this usually comes with spaghetti, but as Alex is on a gluten free diet the kitchen was able to substitute the spaghetti with gluten free pasta.

Alex was super excited when it arrived at the table and was even more thrilled when she saw the large serving size. She thoroughly enjoyed her meal and said that the dish had fantastic flavours. The prawns themselves were cooked perfectly and tasted incredible. She said that the zucchini added an interesting flavour and texture to the dish and was definitely something quite different to add to this type of dish. The saltiness from the chorizo helped to balance out the flavours of the prawns and the zucchini and helped to enhance their natural flavours.

She said that she would highly recommend this dish to any seafood lovers or to anyone just looking for a good pasta dish. I’m not sure what the price difference was for the gluten free pasta as I can’t see it on their menu. But I can’t imagine it can be too much more than the original price on the menu.

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Prawn and chorizo pasta, with tiger prawns, chorizo, zucchini, parsley, chilli, garlic and olive oil and gluten free pasta ($26.50)

I ordered the grilled chicken toasted Panini, filled with avocado and feta smash, rocket and aioli. It was the perfect size for lunch, as I wasn’t overly hungry. I personally felt that the chicken was a little dry and I couldn’t taste the aioli. I loved the avocado as I felt that it was quite refreshing and added a creamy taste to the sandwich. I personally wouldn’t order it again as I felt that it needed something else, with that I thought that it was quite expensive for what you got in the end.

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Grilled chicken toasted Panini, filled with avocado and feta smash, rocket and aioli ($14.90)

ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

I love the area that Caffé Sienna is in; I love Chapel Street and the vibe of that area. There are so many cafés and restaurants along Chapel Street and Caffé Sienna always seems to be buzzing.

There are quite a number of tables at Caffé Sienna, with tables inside the café/restaurant and plenty of tables outside. They can get quite busy especially on the weekends around lunchtime and almost always around dinner time every night of the week. They have a relaxed vibe with many of their customers sitting there relaxing and just watching the world go by as they catch up with friends and family members.

The employees at Caffé Sienna are friendly enough, but don’t go out of their way to make you feel welcome. They are always so busy so I feel like you’re just a number to them. The girl (sorry I don’t know her name) who looked after us dinner make sure to tell the kitchen about Alex’s dietary requirements and ensured that they would serve gluten free pasta.

Caffé Sienna is quite expensive and isn’t somewhere I would go all the time. They have some great food, but sometimes one doesn’t want to pay $15 for a sandwich. There are plenty of other place I’d prefer to eat if I want a quick meal and only come here when it’s a special occasion or for a dinner. I’ve had their pumpkin ravioli in the past and I really enjoyed it, so I’d definitely recommend that.

Parking in the area can be quite challenging. There is quite a lot of street parking along Chapel Street but its often very busy and very difficult to find a spot. I always park in the Jam Factory parking as I know I’ll always find a spot and I also know I don’t have any time restrictions. The great thing is that the Jam Factory isn’t far from Caffé Sienna, so you can easily park there.

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT CAFFÉ SIENNA

Address: 402 Chapel Street, South Yarra, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9827 1353

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –7:00 am- 10:30 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 7:00 am – 10:30 pm

 Cafe Sienna Information

CAFÉ RATING = 7/10 

 Have you visited Caffé Sienna before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?

Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.

Until next time,

Happy eating

-Kim

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