It’s been a long time since my last post on the blog. Things have just been too busy and I didn’t have the time to blog but that’s not to say I haven’t been out eating plus a holiday to Japan, Korea and with a brief stop in Guangzhou on the way home. I have no excuse now and lots of things to blog about.
Cafe Sopra is one of my favorite places in Sydney to eat. I like the relaxed atmosphere , reasonable prices , fresh tasty food and it’s handy they have few different locations around town too. I have already blogged about their Bridge St location however Waterloo is a little different as there is a larger range of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as other grocery items along with the restaurant. From the road, you could easy walk past thinking it was just a warehouse.
Like I said I have already blogged about Cafe Sopra before so this is more a post showing some of the food I have had here. Check it out;
Raisin toast with ricotta and honey
The coffee is always good too
Up the stairs to the restaurant
Selection of food
See into the kitchen when eating at the bar
Fratelli Fresh/Cafe Sopra
7 Danks Street, Waterloo - http://www.fratellifresh.com.au
Mum moved to the Central Coast a few months back, to enjoy the coastal life. Any time that we go to visit we try and squeeze in a visit to Coast 89. Initially just for breakfast, they have a great breakfast menu. It wasn’t until our 4th or 5th visit that we went for dinner. We were glad that we did. There dinner menu was short and simple, with almost everything on the menu sounding delicious. We started out with some bread, my step dad loves garlic bread, and with two different choices, we had to try both. Next out was the oysters and spring rolls. I wished the spring rolls had come with a Hoisin or a Nuoc Cham rather than the sesame sauce which was a little overpowering. When the mains came, every one was happy with their choices and how they tasted. On to desert…
One interesting thing to note, the cakes and pies were made by a couple of local ladies. The cakes are not available to purchase directly from these ladies and they appear to only make cakes for local establishments. I’m not sure if this is true, but if anyone knows the owners or the cake ladies, I would love to know the story of how the arrangement came about. Now, I like my deserts, so when I say to you that these cakes are some of the best that I have had, I’m pretty confident you will also enjoy them.
A view out one of the windows looking out on to the side street where there are a few other restaurants.
Garlic Bread $5 -
Who doesn’t love garlic bread? These two slices of bread had been buttered then toasted giving the butter a nutty taste.
Pesto Mozzarella Bread $5 -
Turkish bread with pesto and mozzarella
Duck Spring Rolls $14 -
These bad boys were tongue burning hot when they came out. The taste was more subtle than what I was expecting from a spring roll made with duck, they were oily but managed to stay crispy.
Half Dozen Oysters Kilpatrick $14 -
Look at all that bacon on those shells!
Grilled lemon pepper Barramundi with potato crisps and a pear, Parmesan and rocket salad $28 -
Tender Barramundi on crispy potato’s; those potato’s are cooked so that the edges are super crispy whilst having fluffy centers .
At first glance I thought the two things on top of the fish were figs, nope, capers. I had one of those moments, where you are eating one thing but thinking it is another. At first you taste what you think you are eating until your taste buds disagree with your brain and correct the issue. I loved the experience.
Pumpkin, spinach and Brie Stuffed Chicken, wrapped in prosciutto $32 -
I can not, not order something that is wrapped in prosciutto. This chicken breast had Brie oozing out of its center which added to the creamy sauce already on the plate.
Stuffed Mushrooms filled with sun-dried tomatoes, capsicum, pumpkin, ricotta, spinach and Parmesan $22 -
It is great to find a vegetarian dish on a menu that can hold its own. The mushrooms were cooked perfectly and had absorbed the flavour of the toppings; the ricotta topping gave a creaminess to go with the meatiness of the mushrooms.
Lemon Meringue Pie $9.50 -
Well constructed with a generous meringue to lemon curd ratio, always a favourite for me.
Banoffi Pie $9.50 -
OK, this was AMAZING! Everyone at the table was jealous of my selection, doubly so after they had tried it. The banana was still yellow and firm which cut through the richness of the other components and the cookie base had crumble and crunch. Having ice cream with the pie was overkill, but it is dessert, one of the few times overkill is encouraged
Cherry Ripe Cheesecake $9.50 -
Decent, nothing note worthy, but I suspect it had to contend with the other deserts out there on the day and was outshone by the others. Still a gorgeous desert on its own and would order it if the others were not available. And yes that is crumbled Cherryripe on the top of the cake.
89 Toowoon Bay Road
Toowoon Bay 2261
So it has been a while since my last post, things had been a little busy over the past few months. I know, I originally promised a post from my trip to South Carolina, that one is still coming. Until I get that post up I have a quick post from my last visit to Newtown.
Recently I met with a friend for lunch in Newtown and we decided on Japone. I had been to Japone before but did not have my camera with me. So I thought that this second visit would be a great opportunity to get some pictures of the food. The food at Japone Sushi is what I would consider Japanese Tex-Mex fusion. They used a lot of Mexican ideas and flavours; the Sushi Tacos are an example where the two flavours mix, other menu items have Jalapenos to spice them up. Their take on sushi is different that most other places, one item which I did not have, but witnessed delivered to another table was the Sashimi platter. The platter has flashing led lights in the serving bowl lighting up the food from beneath.
I forgot to note the prices down, so you will have to deal with pictures only
Spicy Salmon tacos with avocado –
I was a little worried about having avocado with salmon, there was no need to be worried. These were amazing, the cooling avocado was offset by the chilli mayo and really brought out the creaminess of salmon.
Popcorn prawns -
Small, bit size pieces of prawns, in crispy batter with a citrus glaze(probably yuzu, but I couldn’t be sure).
Spicy Edamame -
Chilli butter dressing on edamame.
Yaki Ika -
Grilled whole squid, covered in a sweet soy based sauce. Keeping the skin on the squid gave it a great initial crunch while still staying soft.
Golden Dragon Rolls -
These rolls are Japone’s pseudo speciality. Prawn, chicken, avocado, chilli mayo and salmon roe.
The mural on the wall in the restaurant.
381 King St
Newtown, NSW 2042