Cafe Sopra at Fratelli Fresh - Walsh Bay
Time Out says
The third Café Sopra is across the road from the Sydney Theatre Company and down the road from the Roslyn Packer Theatre
That's great news for theatregoers (it's close to the Roslyn Packer Theatre and Sydney Dance Company) and Cate Blanchett fans (she's been spotted having lunch several times since the café opened). Not only can you eat well (and cheaply) before the theatre: Rocks and Walsh Bay residents have somewhere to shop.
Getting a good coffee at Sopra has never been a challenge. The machine grunts all day long and owners Barry and Jamie McDonald always employ good baristas. Service in general at Sopra is always top notch too – casual and breezy yet super-efficient.
You'll also find some of the best vegetarian food in the city here thanks to fruit and vegetorium to the stars Fratelli Fresh, located in the same building. Head chef Andy Bunn utilises the excellent produce on offer in dishes such as deep-fried zucchini flowers dusted with parmesan and some of the lushest salads you'll ever set eyes and teeth on. Don't miss fantastic pasta dishes such as their lasagne (a perfect winter warmer) or their risotto Milanese.
How about some waffles for dessert? They serve 'em with a big blob of vanilla gelato and a generous drizzle of honey. Then again, how could you go past Bunn's legendary banoffee pie? Here, it's layers of caramel, banana and whipped cream topped with chocolate shavings.
The Sopra folks don't take bookings, which can be a bit of a pain if you're looking to eat here pre-theatre – but then, the tables turn over pretty quickly. Order a $12 cocktail and do your fruit and veg shopping while you wait.
16 Hickson Rd
|Opening hours:||Lunch Tue-Sun noon-3pm; dinner Tue-Sun 6-10pm|