After hearing so much craze about Cafe Sopra, it was time I took matters into my own hands. It was another meetup with some gal pals and what better way to catch up than with good food (I had hoped) and good company? This is what we were all after – the infamous banoffee pie.
Cafe Sopra at Walsh Bay is a little inconvenient to get to if traveling via public transport and/or foot. We trekked from Circular Quay train station, walked through The Rocks and in and around some residential areas, turned up and down a few more streets and then voila, 20 or so minutes later we finally reach our destination.
I love the idea of this ginormous, rustic blackboard menu. Though to be quite frank, it didn’t click that this was the menu so the girls and I sat at our table and asked the waiter for a menu. DUH, Fred! Looking at the menu was a little awkward as we were standing right next to other diners because their table was in front of the menu. It looked like we were just eyeing their table. I swear we weren’t, well not really, as they didn’t have any food yet so we couldn’t peek at what to get. Haha.
Too bad it was too early for cocktails….
I’ve never had arancini before. I wasn’t even 100% sure what they were but I knew I wanted it. Out comes these golden deep fried balls with an awesome cheese on top (no idea what cheese it was).
Turns out that arancini are deep fried risotto balls! How much more delicious can you get? The risotto was rich, warm and gooey. I can only guess that it was aioli that was served alongside and what a great accompaniment. What I discovered was that arancini needs to be eaten almost immediately when first served otherwise the risotto would get cold and gluggy. I thought these things were amazing!
One of the girls ended up with a glass of white. Love how they even have their name on the glasses. Perfect touch :)
This dish chosen by one of the girls. Polenta is something she hadn’t had before but she also wanted this dish because it had a gorgonzola cheese sauce. I think it’s safe to say that we were all blown away. The polenta chunks were nice and crispy on the outside yet so creamy and fluffy on the inside. It worked beautifully with the mushroom and gorgonzola cheese sauce. It was a little rich overall and would be really hard to finish the plate on your own (good thing we shared) but we still licked the plate clean.
To think that we didn’t have enough carbs already, we also ordered the fusilli with some char grilled vegetables. Please note this isn’t the dish that was on the blackboard at the time, I simply don’t remember it (sorry guys!). Pasta was cooked to perfection. Char grilled vegies were season and cooked well. A very simple pasta dish.
Cherry Frangipani Tart
Overloading on carbs made us think twice about how much dessert to order. We were adamant in ordering one dessert each but there was just no way we could fit that much dessert in so we settled for two. First up is the cherry frangipani tart. The base was crumbly and buttery – the way all tart bases should be. The filling was absolutely devine and wasn’t too sweet. Sadly I can’t quite remember the flavour of the ice cream :( but I do remember it tasting really good.
Last but not least – the banoffee pie. It was aboslutely moreish! A thick, buttery, crumbly base with gooey dulce de luche, freshly whipped cream, slices of banana and dusted with shaved chocolate. You seriously cannot go wrong with this combination.
What a fantastic way to end a feed and a catch up with the girls. Would gladly return to try out nearly everything else on the menu.
Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh
Shop 8, Hickson Road
Walsh Bay NSW 2000
Tel: +61 8243 2700