Sunday, September 14, 2008

Viv's farewell lunch @ Cafe Sopra

It's been a while since I have blogged about the various places I've been to, but after being introduced to this hidden gem I felt a little inspired. Cafe Sopra is located above the Fratelli Fresh organic markets in Waterloo. It's very popular with locals but isn't easy to get to unless you drive.

You could easily walk past and into this market without ever realising that there is a popular cafe located on the levels above. To give you an idea of how hard it is to find Vivien had to call to give me directions, the conversation went something like this "Once you see the sign for Fratelli Fresh walk into the markets to the very end, turn left go up 2 flights of stairs , past the cooking school then walk through another floor with pasta and biscuits and the cafe is at the very end!". It took us a while but we finally found it!

Basically Fratelli Fresh is a fresh food market and every thing cooked at this cafe is bought from the store below. On a side note they also offer free cooking classes (which I will come for one day when I have annual leave).

The menu is located on a big blackboard and changes depending on what produce is in season. Prices range from $10 through to $42 with desserts around $12 each. Don't expect to be able to order a coke or lemon lime bitters here, instead choose from a selection of Italian mineral water and soft drink as well as fresh granita in mango, lemon or orange. If there is a bit of a wait then have a drink at the wine bar as their selection is extensive!

The Entrees

I'm not sure how these chips are different to any other chips but they were really flavoursome and crunchy with just a sprinkle of sea salt.

Pumpkin pastries on a fresh beetroot salad.

Buffalo mozzarella with organic fresh tomatoes.
The tomatoes you buy from the supermarket these days just has no flavour, having tasted organic tomatoes on a few occasions now I think it's really worth paying the money to buy better quality fresh produce.

A warm chat potato and oyster mushroom salad
Such an interesting and basic concept but so delicious, it makes eating salads so much more interesting.

The Mains

Risotto Primavera, (I've no idea what the other one is)

Meatballs with fettuccine

I've also no idea what this was but it was something with squid (you can tell It's been a while since I've food blogged).

Have an awesome trip to Beijing Vivien!! See you in 5 months and I expect you to come back being able to speak more Chinese!

We were having fun with Tammy's polaroid camera (that wasn't actually a polaroid),so here is a group shot of everyone. I had to rush off to get ready for Ming's wedding so we missed out on dessert. However I'm definitely coming back to try their amazing looking desserts. Great recommendation Viv!

Cafe Sopra (Located above Fratelli Fresh)
Open Tuesday to Friday from 10am till 3pm and on Saturdays from 8am till 3pm.
7 Danks Street, Waterloo
Phone: 1300 552 119

According to the website there's also a Fratelli Fresh located in Potts Point.

1 comment:

Food Wine Sleep said...

You would never spot this place, unless you knew about it.

wow those chips look the tastiest chips ever....