Cafe Sopra, Waterloo
Before I continue, I’ve heard that Sopra are known to have some rules and one of them is “NO PHOTOGRAPHY“. While eating, my fingers couldn’t resist the itch of pulling out my dodgy compact digital camera =| (naughty girl I am). Thank heaven’s I dined with a group that kept an eye out for me as I quickly snapped photos. Last thing I wanted to do is get told off during a casual Sunday brunch.
Tucked away in the abyss of Frantelli Fresh is Cafe Sopra. Sopra uses fresh organic prime produce to create simple tasty dishes. I only come here for brunch on a Sunday so try not to come around lunch time because you could be waiting awhile =| What I love about this place is the simple atmosphere with a warehouse style setting of various types of Italian pasta and a massive chalk board with the daily menu.
Rigatoni alla Bolognese
Its hard not to choose a pasta dish when you walk through Cafe Sopra. First time I came here my mouth watered at the sight of Rigatoni pasta! Sometimes when going to Italian restaurants, Italian pastas can be a hit or miss as I end up walking away thinking (man i could have made this better myself!). This was one pasta dish which looked small but boy it left me satisfied and seriously full that I pawned it off to the boys haha
Orecchiette (little ear) pasta with prawns, lemon, garlic and chilli
My first time trying the orecchiette pasta which I thought was very different to the usual pasta’s everyone is used to. When saying this, the texture is smooth and much heavier (doughy). It was soo heavy i seriously couldn’t finish it and everyone ended picking at my left overs. Having said this, i really did enjoy it.. its the fresh produce they use.
Fettuccine with lemon, chilli, parsley and pangrattato
(M) and I thought this one was fairly plain. I think it woulda been nice with prawn or bacon. Regardless of this, the pangrattato really gave this a lovely texture.. all those crunchy bits = GOLD!
When this first came out I laughed at (B) cos it looked soo small. But once he cranked the blardy thing open it looked like it was going to be filling and filling it was. Loved by (B) he said he’d order it again!
Battered silver dory with a fine tartare
Batter was extremely light. Its not one of those battered fish which is covered in a chunk of flour. Really good! I think it would have been nicer if it came with some sort of side salad. It looks a bit sad and lonely with just fried pieces of battered fish and a tub of tartare.
(J) being the smart one, if I had seen this on the menu I probably would have ordered it. When his piece of pork came out boy did we all want a piece of that crackle and crackle we got. It was crunchy and fairly salty. The watercress added a nice fresh peppery flavour and adding a squeeze of lemon cuts through the richness of this dish.
Osso buco in Bianco with gremolata
This pasta dish was bigger than the rest, it looked soo rich and flavoursome and my god the osso buco was really soft and tender that it melted once placed in your mouth. Definitely a pasta dish suitable for a cold winters day
Pancakes with lemon curd and strawberries
My mum ordered this and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn’t get to try any but she was complementing the lemon curd so it must have been good for the zesty lemon lovers
A while ago I remember reading about Sopra’s amazing Banoffee pie which is a MUST if your going to Sopra for the first time. The base is sooooo friggen tasty and buttery. The caramel, banana and cream is totally moan worthy. It’s such a dirty pie you could smear it anywhere and you’d be happy to lick it off HAHAHA!
Chocolate Souffle with vanilla bean ice-cream
I was torn between two worlds… I can never make up my mind between a rich, fluffy chocolate souffle and the banoffee pie. It was absolutely delicious. The chocolate was nice and rich and their ice cream is amazing. From memory their ice-cream is home made!
Complementary (I think?) Can’t remember if we paid for it. Crunchy bread rolls and grissini sticks with butter
Might I say, these are one of the best side of chips I’ve tasted. I’m supposed to be good…but I couldn’t resist ordering it. The chips was hot, fresh, not greasy and decorated with the right amount of sea salt. Need I say anymore…..
7 Danks St
P: (02) 9699 3174